Dooley Briscoe

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Dooley Briscoe
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style -
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 2 35
Runs scored 33 2189
Batting average 11.00 45.60
100s/50s 0/0 6/10
Top score 16 191
Balls bowled - -
Wickets - -
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling - -
Catches/stumpings 1/- 15/-
Source: Cricinfo

Captain Arthur Wellesley "Dooley" Briscoe MC (6 February 1911 – 22 April 1941[1]) was a South African cricketer who played in two Tests, one in 1935-36 and the other in 1938-39.[2]

Briscoe was born at Johannesburg, Transvaal, and was educated at King Edward VII School. A batsman, he played domestic first-class cricket for Transvaal from 1931-32 to 1939-40, scoring six centuries.

He played in two Test matches, making his début in the second Test against the touring Australian cricket team at his home ground, Old Wanderers in Johannesburg, in December 1935.[3] Despite having achieved some success in domestic cricket, he scored only 15 and 16, and he was dropped for the remainder of the five-match series. He played his second Test against the touring MCC team in the drawn second Test at Newlands, Cape Town in December 1938/January 1939.[4] He was out for two, and was dropped again.

He played his last First-Class match in January 1940. He joined 1st Battalion of the Transvaal Scottish Regiment, and served in East Africa alongside fellow cricketers Bruce Mitchell and Ronnie Grieveson, fighting the Italians in Somaliland and Abyssinia. He was awarded the Military Cross[5] for his actions in Huberta[disambiguation needed] and Ionte (Yoontoy) in Italian Somaliland, and was killed in action near Dessie in Ethiopia.


  2. ^ "Dooley Briscoe". Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  3. ^ South Africa v Australia, 1935/36, 2nd Test
  4. ^ South Africa v England, 1938/39, 2nd Test
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35316. p. 6086. 21 October 1941. Retrieved 2 April 2016.

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