Dudley Nourse

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Dudley Nourse
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Personal information
Full name Arthur Dudley Nourse
Born (1910-11-12)12 November 1910
Durban, Natal, South Africa
Died 14 August 1981(1981-08-14) (aged 70)
Durban, Natal, South Africa
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm (unknown style)
Role Batsman
Relations Dave Nourse (Father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 140) 15 June 1935 v England
Last Test 16 August 1951 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1931–1953 Natal
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 34 175
Runs scored 2960 12472
Batting average 53.81 51.53
100s/50s 9/14 41/54
Top score 231 260*
Balls bowled 20 250
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 0/0 0/0
Catches/stumpings 12/0 135/0
Source: CricketArchive, 30 January 2009

Arthur Dudley Nourse (12 November 1910 – 14 August 1981) was a South African Test cricketer and batsman

The son of batsman Arthur (Dave) Nourse, Nourse played 34 Test matches in a long career of sixteen years. At the time of his retirement, he held the highest batting average of any South African batsman (currently surpassed only by Jacques Kallis and Graeme Pollock).

Nourse also captained his country in fifteen matches, and it was as captain that he played what Cricinfo describes as "his most renowned innings". Against England in 1951 he batted with a broken thumb, but scored 208 to win South Africa the game. Nourse retired from cricket after that series.

Nourse was named after William Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley who was the Governor-General of Australia. He was born a few days after Dave Nourse scored a double hundred against South Australia[1] where was touring with the South African team. When Earl Dudley heard about the innings and the baby, he expressed the wish that he be named after him.[2]


  1. ^ Cricket Archive
  2. ^ Dudley Nourse, Cricket in the blood
Dudley Nourse's career performance graph.