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Ring, DT

    
Name: Ring, Douglas Thomas
Date of Birth: b 14 October 1918
d 23 June 2003
Career: 1935/36 - 1956/57
Teams: Prahran, Richmond
Matches: 129
Batting Style: RHB
Bowling Style: Right Arm Leg Spin

 
 

"Doug Ring was a tall, burly all-rounder for Richmond, Victoria and Australia. A hard-hitting right-hand batsman and canny wrist-spin bowler, Ring was born in Hobart on 14 October 1918. He began his VCA career with Prahran in 1935/36 before a residential move forced him to change to Richmond in 1938. After just 2 first eleven matches at Prahran, the move reaped immediate results when he was selected for his first class debut for Victoria in December of that year, having taken 30/331 in the first half of the District season for the Tigers.

Ring became a regular for Victoria, his aggressive late-order batting complementing his leg-spinners and googlies, up until his retirement in 1953. He scored 2369 runs for Victoria @ 26.32, with one century and 13 half-centuries. His century, a swashbuckling 145 against Queensland, enabled Ring and Sam Loxton (232*) to add a sixth wicket partnership of 289. This Victorian record stood for almost 50 years until Matthew Elliott and Darren Berry added 290 against New South Wales at Sydney in 1996/97.

Ring toured England twice (1948 & 1953) and, although he only played one Test on each of those tours, he took 60 tour wickets @ 22.13 in 1948 and 68 @ 19.98 in 1953. He also toured New Zealand with an Australian second team in 1949/50, taking a career-best 7/88 in the unofficial ""Test"" at Dunedin. In all matches on the tour, he took 55 wickets @ 14.78. In all first class cricket, Ring scored 3418 runs @ 23.25 and took 451 wickets @ 28.49.

Altogether Ring played 13 Tests, scoring 426 runs @ 22.42 and taking 35 wickets @ 37.28. His best bowling performances in Tests were both at Brisbane - 6/80 against the West Indies in 1951/52 and 6/72 against South Africa in 1952/53. With the bat, Ring was good enough to score four Test half-centuries, but it was a 32 not out for which he will be most remembered. With his Richmond teammate, Bill Johnston, Ring added 38 for the last wicket against the West Indies at the MCG in 1951/52 to steal the match for Australia amidst great tension and excitement.

For Richmond, Ring played 127 matches, scoring 2289 runs @ 20.62, with 2 centuries, and taking 392 wickets @ 16.67, with best figures of 7/114. He was a member of the Tigers' first premiership in 1946/47 and captained the club from 1949-1955. Ring won Richmond's bowling trophy five times (1938/39, 1940/41, 1947/48, 1949/50 & 1950/51) and was Club Champion four times (1940/41, 1945/46, 1947/48 & 1950/51). He was elected a Richmond Life Member in 1953 and was an inaugural VCA 200 Club member.

Following his retirement from playing, Ring became a well-known cricket commentator, particularly with his regular segment on World of Sport."

 


Batting
Innings N.O. Runs Batting Avg High Score 50s 100s
123 12 2289 20.62 103* ? 2

Bowling
Runs Wickets Bowling Avg Best 5wi 10wm Ct/St
6536 392 16.67 7/114 22 - ?