Malcolm Dolman

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Malcolm Dolman
Personal information
Full name Malcolm Charles Dolman
Born (1960-06-14) 14 June 1960 (age 57)
North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Slow left-arm chinaman
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
1981/82 – 1982/83 South Australia
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 6
Runs scored 6
Batting average 3.00
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 6
Balls bowled 1093
Wickets 14
Bowling average 40.28
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 4/114
Catches/stumpings 0/-
Source: Cricket Archive, 21 September 2011

Malcolm Charles Dolman (born 14 June 1960) is an Australian former cricketer.

Born in North Adelaide, South Australia, Dolman started bowling Left-arm unorthodox spin (or "chinaman") at primary school and was first noticed as a promising bowler aged 14.[1] He began appearing in representative schoolboy sides and made the Australian Young Cricketers team to England in 1977, playing two unofficial One Day Internationals against England Young Cricketers,[2] and an Australian U/19s tour to Sri Lanka, playing in an unofficial Test match.[3]

Coached by former Test spinner Rex Sellers,[1] Dolman also showed great promise in Adelaide Grade cricket and played colts matches for South Australia,[2] although he was kept from first-class cricket for two years to mature him.[1] This just intensified support for Dolman, who was being called "possibly the most innovative bowler in Australian cricket for a decade"[1] and had former Test player Jack Fingleton calling for his inclusion in the national side before his first-class debut.[4]

After returning from the Interstate Under 23 Cricket Carnival in December 1981, where he was considered one of the leading players,[5] Dolman finally made his first-class debut for South Australia on 8 January 1982 against Queensland at the Adelaide Oval, taking 4/114 (his best bowling figures) and 2/47.[6]

Following his successful first-class debut, Dolman was awarded an Esso Australian Cricket Scholarship for the 1982 English cricket season,[7] where he played for Warwickshire County Cricket Club's Second XI in the Second XI Championship, playing six matches and taking 39 wickets at 14.90, with a best return of 7/38 against Leicestershire Second XI, and scoring 174 runs at 29.00, with a highest score of 82 against Leicestershire.[8] The former Australian Test spinner Ashley Mallett called him the most exciting spin prospect he had ever seen[9] and English cricket writer David Frith was also enthusiastic about Dolman's cricketing future.[9] Nevertheless, Dolman's second season of first-class cricket proved to be his last, consisting of only a single match against the touring English side on 31 October 1982, when he took 2/72.[10]

Dolman coached Adelaide University to an A-grade district premiership[11] before retiring from cricket to concentrate on his career, initially as a teacher before switching to consulting not-for-profit organisations on developing sponsorship and fundraising programs and coordinating high-profile community programs.[11]


  • Frith, D. (1984) The Slow Men, Richard Smart Publishing. ISBN 0-7255-1540-6.
  • Ryan, C. (2009) Golden Boy, Allen & Unwin, Sydney. ISBN 978-1-74175-067-6.
  • South Australian Cricket Association (S.A.C.A.) Annual Report 1981-82, S.A.C.A.: Adelaide.


  1. ^ a b c d Coward, M. "Dolman, the wrong-un who has finally got it right", The Age, 13 January 1982, p. 23.
  2. ^ a b "Other Matches played by Malcolm Dolman". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka Under-19s v Australia Under-19s". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Ryan, p. 128.
  5. ^ S.A.C.A., p. 21.
  6. ^ "South Australia v Queensland". CricketArchive. 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  7. ^ S.A.C.A., p. 40.
  8. ^ "SECOND ELEVEN CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES PLAYED BY MALCOLM DOLMAN". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Frith, p. 179.
  10. ^ "South Australia v England XI". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Leading Teams Australia". Leading Teams. 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 

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