Frank Warne

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Frank Warne
Personal information
Full name Frank Belmont Warne
Born (1906-10-03)3 October 1906
North Carlton, Melbourne, Australia
Died 29 May 1994(1994-05-29) (aged 87)
Edenvale, Johannesburg, Australia
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Leg-break
Relations Tom Warne (father)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1926/27–1928/29 Victoria
1934–1938 Worcestershire
1934/35–1937/38 Europeans
1941/42 Transvaal
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 95
Runs scored 3,275
Batting average 21.40
100s/50s 3/13
Top score 115
Balls bowled 7,939
Wickets 138
Bowling average 34.78
5 wickets in innings 4
10 wickets in match 1
Best bowling 6-51
Catches/stumpings 30/0
Source: [1], 5 August 2008

Frank Belmont Warne (3 October 1906 – 29 May 1994) was an Australian first-class cricketer who played for teams on four continents during a 95-game career that stretched from the mid-1920s to the early 1940s.

Early career in Australia[edit]

Warne made his first-class debut for Victoria against Tasmania at the MCG in January 1927. He scored 20 in his only innings, and picked up five wickets in the match as Victoria won the game by an innings.[1] Although he played several minor games for Victoria Colts over the next couple of seasons — he once took 12 wickets against South Australia Colts[2] — his only other first-class appearance for Victoria came against Tasmania (again) in February 1929. Warne opened the batting in the first innings, but made only 1; he was more successful with 33 not out down the order in the second innings.[3] He never played in the Sheffield Shield.

Career in England and India[edit]

It was five years before Warne would taste first-class cricket again, and when the time came it was in England, for Worcestershire, taking 3-33 in the first innings against Oxford University.[4] Late in the season, he played three County Championship games, hitting 62 against Yorkshire.[5] That winter, he went to India and after one appearance for the Indian University Occasionals against a Viceroy's XI, he played for Retrievers in the Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament. After a win by a concession in the semi-final (opponents Hyderabad Cricket Association XI were heading for an innings defeat) Retrievers won the final against Freelooters by three wickets, although Warne's contribution was minimal (one wicket, one catch and 2 in his only innings).[6] He then played for the Europeans against the Hindus in the Bombay Quadrangular, taking four first-innings wickets and scoring 49 and 1, though the Europeans were defeated by an innings.[7]

Warne was back with Worcestershire for the 1935 English season, and had the most successful summer of his career. He hit precisely 1,000 first-class runs (the only time he ever achieved that landmark), and took 44 wickets, by some distance his highest season's tally.[8][9] From then until 1938, he was largely a county player, although in both 1935-36 and 1937-38 (but not 1936-37) he went back to India in the English winters to play for a variety of teams, including three times for the semi-official[10] Australians in 1935-36 and once in each season for the Europeans. His best first-class bowling return was the 6-51 he took for Worcestershire against Northamptonshire in July 1935,[11] while in May 1936, he made his highest first-class score when he struck 115 for Worcestershire against Lancashire.[12]

Later career in South Africa[edit]

Warne made no first-class appearances in 1939, instead turning out (with some success) as the professional for Rishton in the Lancashire League. He then went to South Africa and played once for Transvaal in 1941-42.[13] His career came to an end the following season, when he played two games. The first was in December 1942 for The Rest against an Air Force XI, in which he scored 108;[14] while his last first-class game of all came in March 1943, when he appeared for The Rest against the First South African Division; he took five wickets in the match and scored 21 and 42*.[15]

Warne's father Tom Warne played 46 matches, mostly for Victoria, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Victoria v Tasmania in 1926/27". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  2. ^ "South Australia Colts v Victoria Colts in 1928/29". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Victoria v Tasmania in 1928/29". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Worcestershire v Cambridge University in 1934". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Yorkshire v Worcestershire in 1934". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  6. ^ "Freebooters v Retrievers in 1934/35". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  7. ^ "Europeans v Hindus in 1934/35". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  8. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding in Each Season by Frank Warne". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  9. ^ "First-class Bowling in Each Season by Frank Warne". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  10. ^ Obituary. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1995.
  11. ^ "Northamptonshire v Worcestershire in 1935". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  12. ^ "Lancashire v Worcestershire in 1936". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  13. ^ "Western Province v Transvaal in 1941/42". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  14. ^ "Air Force XI v The Rest in 1942/43". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  15. ^ "First South African Division v The Rest in 1942/43". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-08-06.