Gustavus Kelly

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This article is about Irish cricketer (1901–1980). For his father, see Gus Kelly. For the Australian politician, see Gus Kelly (politician).
Gustavus Kelly
Cricket information
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 7
Runs scored 275
Batting average 30.55
100s/50s 0/1
Top score 76*
Balls bowled 940
Wickets 17
Bowling average 23.35
5 wickets in innings 2
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 6/62
Catches/stumpings 5/0
Source: Cricket Archive

Gustavus Noel Blake Kelly (26 December 1901 in Dublin, Ireland – 14 March 1980 in County Mayo)[1] was an Irish cricketer. A right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler,[1] he played six times for the Ireland cricket team between 1922 and 1926,[2] including four first-class matches. He also played first-class cricket for Dublin University.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Kelly made his first-class debut playing for Dublin University against Essex in July 1922.[3] Eight days later, he made his debut for Ireland, playing against Scotland[2] in a first-class match. He played a second first-class match for Dublin University against Northamptonshire in June 1924,[3] and also played for Ireland against Scotland and the MCC that year.[2]

His final first-class match for Dublin University was against Northamptonshire in June 1926,[3] before playing his final two matches for Ireland, against Wales and Scotland,[2] which were also his final two first-class matches.[3]


In all matches for Ireland, Kelly scored 176 runs at an average of 22.00, with a top score of 37 not out against the MCC in August 1924. He took 14 wickets at an average of 17.29, taking five wickets in an innings twice, the best of which was 6/62 against Wales in his penultimate game for Ireland.[2]


Kelly came from a cricketing family. His brother Achey and his father Gus both played for Ireland, as did his uncle Dan Comyn.[1]