FC “Derek” De Saram at Cricket Over The Years

FC De Saram as Captain of Royal College’s highly successful team of 1931Pic courtesy of Lionel Gunasekera

FC de Saram batting in the 1930s … perhaps when he made 128 in the second innings total by Oxford University against Bradman’s 1934 Aussie Touring team in May 1934

Australia in England, 1934
Oxford University v Australians
Christ Church College Ground, Oxford
19,21 May 1934 (3-day match)

Result: Australians won by an innings and 33 runs

Toss: Australians
Umpires: A Stoner and JH King

Close of play:

 

  • Day 1: Australians 319, Oxford University 5/2 (DF Walker 3*, NS Mitchell-Innes 0*)
    Australians 1st innings
    WH Ponsford           c Singleton        b Dyson               75
    WA Brown              lbw                b Townsend            20
    *DG Bradman           lbw                b Dyson               37
    LS Darling            lbw                b Tindall            100
    SJ McCabe                                b Tindall             15
    EH Bromley                               b Barlow               3
    AG Chipperfield       c Stainton         b Barlow              40
    +WAS Oldfield                            b Tindall              8
    CV Grimmett                              b Tindall              0
    HI Ebeling            c Walker           b Tindall              0
    LO'B Fleetwood-Smith  not out                                   2
    Extras                (b 13, lb 4, nb 2)                       19
    Total                 (all out, 89.4 overs)                   319
    
    FoW: 1-48, 2-114, 3-181, 4-229, 5-242,
         6-274, 7-303, 8-303, 9-307, 10-319.
    
    Bowling                      O      M      R      W
    Tindall                     24      3     94      5
    Barlow                      32.4    2    102      2
    Townsend                     9      3     18      1
    Singleton                    7      0     38      0
    Dyson                       17      4     48      2
    
    Oxford University 1st innings
    DF Walker             st Oldfield        b Fleetwood-Smith     20
    DCH Townsend                             b McCabe               0
    FC de Saram                              b Ebeling              2
    NS Mitchell-Innes                        b Fleetwood-Smith      8
    *FGH Chalk                               b Fleetwood-Smith      0
    RG Stainton                              b Fleetwood-Smith      0
    RG Tindall                               b Ebeling             18
    EA Barlow                                b Ebeling              3
    +MH Matthews          not out                                  11
    AP Singleton                             b Ebeling              0
    JH Dyson              st Oldfield        b Fleetwood-Smith      8
    Extras                                                          0
    Total                 (all out, 24.3 overs)                    70
    
    FoW: 1-1, 2-5, 3-15, 4-15, 5-15, 6-48, 7-48, 8-57, 9-57, 10-70.
    
    Bowling                      O      M      R      W
    Ebeling                     12      3     34      4
    McCabe                       3      1      6      1
    Fleetwood-Smith              9.3    2     30      5
    
    Oxford University 2nd innings (following on)
    DF Walker             c Oldfield         b Ebeling             16
    DCH Townsend                             b Ebeling              9
    FC de Saram           c Brown            b Grimmett           128
    NS Mitchell-Innes     c Oldfield         b Grimmett            11
    *FGH Chalk            st Oldfield        b Grimmett            10
    RG Stainton           lbw                b Grimmett            12
    RG Tindall            lbw                b Grimmett             9
    EA Barlow             st Oldfield        b Grimmett             6
    +MH Matthews          c Ebeling          b Grimmett             4
    AP Singleton          lbw                b Fleetwood-Smith      2
    JH Dyson              not out                                   0
    Extras                (b 6, lb 3)                               9
    Total                 (all out, 84.3 overs)                   216
    
    FoW: 1-21, 2-28, 3-45, 4-69, 5-124,
         6-168, 7-176, 8-186, 9-212, 10-216.
    
    Bowling                      O      M      R      W
    Ebeling                     23     10     28      2
    McCabe                       4      2      7      0
    Fleetwood-Smith             21      7     63      1
    Grimmett                    36.3   11    109      7
    

 

Satha, Allen, FC and others walk out to field against Bradman’s Invincibles at the Oval in 1948

FC immortalized by Collette in the 1950s

Forever a Serious Student of Cricket — FC at the Oval watching the Sri Lankans take on a Commonwealth team in the 1960s … Pic by Chandi Chanmugan

 

4 Comments

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4 responses to “FC “Derek” De Saram at Cricket Over The Years

  1. George A. Pillai

    It was sad to watch Oxford University struggle even after F.C. de Saram battled heroically against the same Aussie bowlers. Grimmet and Fleetwood-Smith

  2. and he masterminded a coup too

    • As far as I ecall there was a COLLECTIVE behind the plot and Jungle, Sidney and Dougie Liyanage were the key figures with OEG and Dudley as silent “OK” partners. FC put his hand up when the plan dismantled because Stanley Senanayake got cold feet.

  3. Pingback: With A Few Choice Words: Appreciating FC de Saram’s Cricket Career | Thuppahi's Blog

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