Today, 7 November 2014, marks 100 years to the day since the legendary Victor Trumper played his last ever innings just five days after his 37th birthday.
Trumper captained Gordon against Petersham in their fourth round match at Chatswood Oval which started on November 7.
Batting first, Petersham was dismissed for 130 and Trumper then opened Gordon’s reply.
He made just four runs before he was bowled in the second over by Jim Garner, who was making his First Grade debut.
The match extended into the second day but Trumper did not bat again.
The War had commenced just two months earlier and Trumper was to captain the NSW team against a Second XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 21 and 28 in a match for the Lord Mayor’s Patriotic Fund.
However, he was ”indisposed” and could not take part. In fact, he never played again and died of kidney failure on 28 June 1915.
Trumper started his First Grade career on 29 September 1894 with the same score he would finish it – four runs.
He went on to make 9,244 runs in Sydney First Grade at an average of 62.03 with 36 centuries.
His total runs were well in advance of the next highest, Central Cumberland’s Les Pye, who in 213 innings (50 more than Trumper) had scored 7,455 runs at 38.82 with 20 centuries.
Pye was followed by Monty Noble with 6,995 runs at 52.59 with 18 centuries. Noble had then batted 160 times to Trumper’s 163.