Jimmy Matthews

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Jimmy Matthews
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Personal information
Full name Thomas James Matthews
Born (1884-04-03)3 April 1884
Mount Gambier, South Australia
Died 14 October 1943(1943-10-14) (aged 59)
Caulfield, Victoria
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 8 67
Runs scored 153 2149
Batting average 17.00 24.98
100s/50s 0/1 0/14
Top score 53 93
Balls bowled 1081 7582
Wickets 16 177
Bowling average 26.18 25.46
5 wickets in innings 0 8
10 wickets in match 0 1
Best bowling 4/29 7/46
Catches/stumpings 7/0 56/0
Source: [1]

Thomas James Matthews (3 April 1884 – 14 October 1943) was an Australian Test cricketer. He bowled leg breaks.

International cricket career[edit]

He played in eight Test matches for the Australian cricket team, two in Australia in the 1911/12 season, and six in the 1912 Triangular Tournament in England. He played first-class cricket for Victoria in the seasons from 1906/07 to 1914/15, playing in 67 first-class matches in all, although 28 were played for Australia on the 1912 tour of England.

He is famed for being the only player to have ever taken two hat-tricks in the same Test match. In the opening Test of the 1912 Triangular Tournament, playing against South Africa at Old Trafford, he took a hat-trick in each innings. He took the last three wickets in South Africa's first innings, to prevent them avoiding the follow on; later the same day, 28 May 1912, he took a second hat-trick in the second innings. None of the dismissals required the assistance of any fielders: the first batsman was bowled, then two were leg before wicket, then another bowled, and finally two more caught and bowled. South African wicket-keeper Tommy Ward was his third victim in both hat-tricks, being the only known instance of a king pair on debut in Test cricket.

Matthews took no other wickets in the match, giving him match figures of 6 wickets for 54 runs, but he did take a further 9 wickets in the series, including 4/29 in the fifth match of the series, again against South Africa.

Outside cricket[edit]

Prior to becoming an international cricketer Matthews played Australian rules football with St Kilda in the Victorian Football League and Williamstown in the Victorian Football Association.[1] He was primarily a full-forward, and his 46 goals for Williamstown in the 1906 season was the second-highest of any player in the VFA that year.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Atkinson, p. 183.
  2. ^ Fiddian, Marc (2003), Seagulls over Williamstown, Williamstown, VIC: Williamstown Football Club, p. 25 


  • Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.

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