Eric Marx

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Eric Marx
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Cricket information
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 3 9
Runs scored 125 656
Batting average 20.83 41.00
100s/50s 0/0 2/1
Top score 36 240
Balls bowled 228 780
Wickets 4 13
Bowling average 36.00 30.84
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 3/85 3/85
Catches/stumpings 0/- 2/-
Source: Cricinfo

Waldemar Frederick Eric Marx (born 4 July 1895 in Johannesburg, Transvaal, died 2 June 1974 in Durban, Natal) was a South African cricketer who played in 3 Tests in 1921.

Marx was educated at Malvern College in England. He created a world record that stood for 73 years when he scored 240 on his first-class debut, for Transvaal against Griqualand West at Johannesburg in December 1920.[1] Opening the batting, he hit 39 fours and a six, and took only 225 minutes. By the end of the first day, 16 December, Transvaal had dismissed Griqualand West for 141 after declaring at 457 for 9: 598 runs for 19 wickets off 121.3 six-ball overs in a day's play.[2] In the next three matches he opened both batting and bowling, hitting another century against Orange Free State (on an opening day that yielded 645 runs for 16 wickets)[3] and taking 7 wickets at 25.42.

When the Australians toured the next season he made 65 (the top score) against them for Transvaal, batting at number six, and was picked for the three Tests. Batting in the middle order and opening the bowling, he was only moderately successful, his best match being the Second Test, in which he made 36 and 34 and took three wickets.[4]

He played one more match for Transvaal in December 1921. His first-class cricket career, which lasted just over 12 months, ended when he went to work on the mines of the East Rand and the mine manager refused to give him time off to play first-class cricket.[5]


  1. ^ Wisden 1995, p. 1234.
  2. ^ Transvaal v Griqualand West, 1920-21
  3. ^ Transvaal v Orange Free State, 1920-21
  4. ^ South Africa v Australia, Johannesburg 1921-22
  5. ^ Denys Heesom, "Forgotten? W.F.E. Marx Rediscovered", Cricketer, November 1974, p. 33. Heesom, who met Marx, referred to him as Wally, not Eric.

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