For the Welsh footballer see Cecil Dixon Cecil Donovan Dixon
- A talented medium-to-fast-medium pace bowler, Cec. Dixon was born in Potchefstroom
in the Transvaal
, South Africa
on February 12, 1891, and died in Johannesburg
, South Africa on September 9, 1969, aged 78.
During a first-class
career that spanned the years 1913 to 1924, it would be fair to say that his batting was exactly what one would expect from a ‘tailender
’. From 39 innings he amassed just 184 runs with a top score of 27 and ended his career with an average below six. But he was a respected bowler
who took five wickets
in an innings
on six occasions and ten wickets in a match once.
His best figures, 7 for 16, were gained at the expense of Griqualand West
in a Currie Cup
match played at Johannesburg in 1923/24, and in that season Dixon went on to take 33 wickets at an average of exactly 10 runs apiece. He topped the bowling averages that season and significantly helped Transvaal to their eighth domestic title.
Dixon toured England
with South Africa
during the summer of 1924 but was rather disappointing. His only success of note was against Scotland
where he followed an innings of 4 for 14 with one of 6 for 39 to gain his only five wicket haul of the tour and the only ten wicket match collection of his career.
He was left out of all the Test
matches whilst in England that year but had already gained his sole Test ten years earlier at Johannesburg. Playing against an England side led by J.W.H.T.......