John Drennan (cricketer)
|Full name||John Drennan|
13 November 1932 |
West Croydon, South Australia
|Domestic team information|
|1953-54 to 1958-59||South Australia|
Source: Cricket Archive, 28 April 2014
John Drennan (born 13 November 1932, West Croydon, South Australia) is a former first-class cricketer for South Australia. He toured New Zealand and South Africa with the Australian team but did not play Test cricket.
A tall fast-medium bowler, able to swing the ball either way, Drennan made his first-class debut in the 1953-54 season, taking 17 wickets for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield at an average of 32.88. When the New Zealanders played a match in Adelaide at the end of the season he took 5 for 83 in the New Zealanders' first innings of 459.
He took 17 wickets at 24.23 in 1954-55, including 5 for 58 and 4 for 42 against Queensland. Most significantly, he took four cheap wickets, all of major batsmen, in South Australia's narrow loss to the touring MCC, and was selected to open the bowling for an Australian XI against MCC in Melbourne a week later.
He took 6 for 82 against Queensland in 1955-56 and played in a trial match that was held to help the national selectors choose the team for the tour of England in 1956. He took four wickets in that match, and finished the season with 26 wickets at 26.96, as well as scoring 176 runs at 29.33, but the last fast-bowling place in the touring side went to Pat Crawford.
Playing for Australia
After the 1956-57 Australian season, a young Australian team of 14 players toured New Zealand, playing seven first-class matches, including three against the national team. Drennan was one of three fast bowlers, alongside Ian Meckiff and Ron Gaunt. He took wickets consistently in the provincial matches and played in the last two against New Zealand, finishing with 22 wickets at 12.50 in all six matches, though he took only two wickets against New Zealand.
Drennan was selected for the tour to South Africa in 1957-58. He took 5 for 53 against Rhodesia in the first innings of the first match, and 5 for 43 and 2 for 33 in the innings victory over Border. But in the second innings of the match against Eastern Province shortly before the First Test, he broke down in his 11th over, tearing a hamstring muscle after taking 3 for 25. He played in four of the remaining matches on tour but bowled little and took only one wicket.
He played two matches for South Australia in 1958-59 without taking a wicket. Thereafter, although he continued to play club cricket he played no more first-class matches. His first-class career ended just a few days after his 26th birthday.
- The Oxford Companion to Australian Cricket, Oxford, Melbourne, 1996, pp. 148-49.
- South Australia Sheffield Shield bowling 1953-54
- South Australia v New Zealanders 1953-54
- John Drennan bowling by season
- South Australia v Queensland 1954-55
- South Australia v MCC 1954-55
- South Australia v Queensland 1955-56
- Wisden 1957, pp. 869-70.
- John Drennan batting by season
- Victoria v South Australia 1956-57
- Wisden 1958, pp. 846-52.
- Rhodesia v Australians, Salisbury 1957-58
- Border v Australians 1957-58
- Eastern Province v Australians 1957-58
- Wisden 1961, p. 735.