Owen Dunell

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Owen Dunell
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 2 3
Runs scored 42 79
Batting average 14.00 15.80
100s/50s –/– -/-
Top score 26* 26*
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 1/– 3/–
Source: Cricinfo

Owen Robert Dunell (15 July 1856 – 21 October 1929) was a South African cricketer who captained his country in its first Test match in 1888/89, as well as an early association footballer who played for Oxford University at the 1877 FA Cup Final.


Although born in Port Elizabeth, Dunell was educated in England at Eton College and at Trinity College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1878 and Master of Arts in 1883.

Cricket career[edit]

He played only three first-class games, two of them Test matches, although he was captain only in the first, being replaced by William Milton for the second game. His only other first-class match was for Port Elizabeth against Natal the following year.

Football career[edit]

He also played football in his youth, in position of full back, for Oxford University as well as two matches as a football 'Blue' with Cambridge University in 1877 and 1878. C.W. Alcock described him as "a very safe and neat kick; a thoroughly reliable back, though a little wanting, perhaps, in pace". He appeared in the 1877 FA Cup Final against Wanderers at Kennington Oval, which his team lost. He was a member of the Football Association committee in 1878.[1]

Later life[edit]

Dunell spent some time in business in Natal, but settled in England, living at New Alresford, Hampshire, ultimately in South Kensington, London. He died, while visiting, in Lyon, France, at the age of 73.[1]


  1. ^ a b Warsop, Keith (2004). The Early F.A.Cup Finals and the Southern Amateurs. Tony Brown, Soccer Data. p. 75. ISBN 1-899468-78-1. 
Preceded by
South African national cricket captain
Succeeded by
William Milton