Robert Stewart (cricketer)
|Full name||Robert Burnard Stewart|
3 September 1856|
Azamgarh, United Provinces, India
|Died||12 September 1913
Cala, Cape Province, South Africa
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
He was born in Azamgarh, in the United Provinces of India, and educated at Wellington College in England, where he captained the First XI. He served as an officer with the British Army in South Africa, and represented King William's Town, where he was stationed, in the Champion Bat Tournament. In the 1879-80 tournament he was the leading batsman; in the low-scoring final he scored a century and took seven wickets in King William's Town's innings victory over the team from Port Elizabeth. In the next Champion Bat Tournament, in 1884-85, he top-scored for King William's Town in all three matches.
When the English team toured South Africa in 1888–89 Stewart played against the tourists for Cape Colony, the Cape Mounted Rifles (two matches), and Eastern Province. He was one of the few local batsmen to reach double figures in these matches, although his highest score was only 25, which was also the top score in Eastern Province's first innings.
Stewart played in the Test match that followed the Eastern Province match a few days later. As it was the first match in South Africa to be considered first-class, he and his team-mates all made their first-class and Test debuts in the same match. For Stewart it was his only first-class match. He batted at number eight and made 4 and 9, and took two catches.
- "King William's Town v Port Elizabeth 1879-80". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
- "Champion Bat Tournament 1884-85". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
- "Eastern Province v RG Warton's XI 1888-89". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
- "South Africa v England 1888-89". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
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