|Full name||Thomas Melville Rilstone|
12 January 1918|
Wallaroo Mines, South Australia, Australia
3 March 2009 (aged 91)|
Welland, Ontario, Canada
Source: CricketArchive, 25 March 2009
Thomas Melville "Mel" Rilstone (12 January 1918 – 3 March 2009) was an Australian born Canadian cricketer. A left-handed batsman and leg spin bowler, he played for the Canada national cricket team in the 1950s.
Originally settling in Montreal, he was considered as a natural athlete, and excelled at cricket. He first represented Canada in 1951, during a tour of the country by the Marylebone Cricket Club. After playing against them for Quebec in early August, he made his debut for the national side later that month, playing against the MCC at Stanley Park.
In 1952, he played for Canada against the USA and in 1954 toured England with the Canadian side, playing two more first-class matches - against Essex and Warwickshire. In a match against the MCC at Lord's he took the wicket of former England captain Gubby Allen in the first innings and then took the final wicket in the second innings as Canada won by 13 runs.
He holds an unenviable record in Canadian cricket - the most runs conceded off a single over. In 1953, playing for the Montreal Cricket Association against the Ottawa Valley Cricket Council, he conceded 34 runs off one over.
- Mel Rilstone at Cricinfo
- Mel Rilstone at CricketArchive
- Article on Canada Cricket Online Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine.
- Obituary Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine.
- Other matches played by Mel Rilstone at CricketArchive
- First-class matches played by Mel Rilstone at CricketArchive