Frank O'Keeffe

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Frank Aloysius O'Keeffe (11 May 1896 – 26 March 1924) was an Australian first-class cricketer who played for New South Wales and Victoria. He was born in Waverley, Sydney.

He came to fame in the 1921/22 season when, having moved from Sydney, he made 87 and 79 for Victoria against New South Wales, 180 against South Australia and 177 and 144 for 'The Rest' against Warwick Armstrong's touring team, newly returned from their Ashes triumph in England.[1]

A good off break bowler in addition to his powerful batting, he was engaged by the Church club in the Lancashire League and planned to qualify for Lancashire CCC. He was credited in Melbourne for having invented the practice of fielders walking in as the bowler ran in to bowl. Previously run-saving fielders had tended to stay static.He fell ill with peritonitis and died in a Hampstead hospital in March 1924.[1]

In a mere 9 first class games he scored 926 runs at 71.23 and took 12 wickets at 19.16 with a best of 5 for 45.

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  1. ^ a b Webster, Ray (1991). First-Class Cricket in Australia: Volume 1 - 1850-51 to 1941-42. Glen Waverley, Australia: Ray Webster. p. 573. ISBN 0731685709.