Roger Hartigan

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Roger Hartigan
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 2 45
Runs scored 170 1901
Batting average 42.50 25.01
100s/50s 1/0 2/14
Top score 116 116
Balls bowled 12 592
Wickets 0 9
Bowling average - 40.11
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling - 3/27
Catches/stumpings 1/0 36/0
Source: Cricinfo

Michael Joseph 'Roger' Hartigan (born 12 December 1879, Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia; d. 7 June 1958, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) was an Australian Test cricketer and Administrator.

Hartigan in a Board of Control photo.

Hartigan became Australia's 92nd Test debutant on 10 January 1908 for the Third Test of the 1907-08 Test series against England. Batting at number eight in the second innings, Hartigan (scoring 116) added 243 runs for the eighth wicket - still an Australian Test cricket record - with Clem Hill (160) in oppressive heat at Adelaide Oval.

Missing the Fourth Test through 'Business commitments', Hartigan returned for the Fifth Test of the 1907/08 season six weeks later in Sydney scoring just 1 and 5. Although selected to play in the 1909 Ashes series in England, Hartigan performed poorly in the warm-up matches and never played Test Cricket again.

Headstone of Roger Hartigan at Toowong Cemetery.

After his retirement from first-class cricket in 1921, Hartigan served on the Board of Cricket Control - forerunner of today's Cricket Australia - for 35 years, and also Chairman of the Brisbane Cricket Ground Trust. Hartigan, along with John Hutcheon were given the credit for securing Brisbane's first ever Test Match in 1928.[1] The match turned out to be a disaster for Australia losing by 675 runs but it did see the debut of Don Bradman for the home team.[2]

In addition to cricket, Hartigan also represented New South Wales and Queensland in baseball, playing in Queensland's first recorded inter-state baseball series against New South Wales at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground. He also represented Queensland in lacrosse.

Hartigan died in 1958 and was buried in Brisbane's Toowong Cemetery.[3]


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