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Name:Nagel, Lisle Ernest
Date of Birth:26 March 1905 (d 23 November 1971)
Career:1927-28 to 1946-47
Teams:Melbourne
Matches:139
Batting Style:RHB
Bowling Style:RAFM

 

Name:Nagel, Vernon George
Date of Birth:26 March 1905 (d 27 April 1974)
Career:1926-27 to 1940-41
Teams:Melbourne
Matches:117
Batting Style:RHB
Bowling Style:
RAFM 

 

Lisle and Vernon Nagel were outstanding fast bowlers who helped Melbourne dominate the District scene with six premierships from 1929/30 to 1937/38.

Lisle was a giant and formidable fast bowler, with his height to gain menacing lift, and Vernon was slightly quicker. 

Lisle had an outstanding career for Melbourne after being recruited from Sub-District club Brighton. He played 147 1st XI games from 1927/28 to 1946/47, although his career effectively ended in 1940/41, as he played only three games after that season.

He captured a club record 468 wickets at 14.72 with five or more wickets in an innings an astonishing 48 occasions. His best figures were 8/33 against Collingwood in 1939/40, although he captured eight wickets in an innings three times that season. He topped the club's bowling average six times: in 1931/32 and then five times in a row from 1936/37 to 1940/41.

He took more than 50 wickets in a season three times: 70 at 13.71 in 1936/37; 51 at 14.43 in 1937/38 and 86 wickets at 13.37 in 1939-40. The latter is the competition record for a 'normal' season, though Carlton's Fred Freer took 88 wickets in 1943/44, when, because of war conditions, one-day games were played instead of the usual two-day matches.

A capable lower order batsman, he scored 2168 runs at 19.53, with one century, 108 against Hawthorn-East Melbourne in 1936/37. The competition's outstanding bowler during the 1930's, he would doubtless have played many more times for Victoria and Australia had he been available.

Lisle Nagel played only ten matches for Victoria, from 1927/28 to 1933/34, for the modest return of 30 wickets at 32.87. His best bowling was 6/35 against SA in Adelaide in 1931/32. His outstanding bowling performance was for an Australian XI against the English tourists at Melbourne, a fortnight before his only Test, when he captured 8/32 as the Englishmen were routed for only 60.

Despite outstanding form in Melbourne District cricket, work commitments (he was employed in the motor trade) meant that he did not make himself available for state selection after 1933/34, his only first class matches in Australia after that season was in the Woodfull-Ponsford testimonial in 1934/35 and the Melbourne Cricket Club Centenary match in 1938/39.

In 1935-36 he was a member of Tarrant's team to India, capturing 22 wickets 23.54 in eleven matches.

His sole Test came against England at Sydney in the opening Test of the Bodyline series in 1932/33. Sharing the new ball with Tim Wall, he took 2/110 in England's first innings of 524, his victims being Wally Hammond and the Nawab of Pataudi, both of whom made centuries. Work commitments made him unavailable for selection for the Second Test, and also kept him out of the Fifth Test, despite being chosen to replace Wall who was injured.

After his retirement as a player, Lisle Nagel sat on the Melbourne Cricket Club committee from 1946/47 to 1969/70.

Lisle's identical twin brother, Vernon (1905-1974), also played for the Melbourne Cricket Club and Victoria. Slightly quicker than his brother, Vern was also a highly effective opening bowler, capturing 265 wickets at 18.19 for Melbourne in a career extending from 1926/27 to 1940/41. He made just four appearances for the state, two in 1932/33 and a further two in 1935/36. Though he captured only three wickets in these games, he bowled much better than his figures indicate.

 

Lisle
Batting
InningsN.O.RunsBatting AvgHigh Score50s100s
1198216819.5310861

Bowling
RunsWicketsBowling AvgBest5wi10wmCt/St
689546814.738/3347673

 

Vernon
Batting
InningsN.O.RunsBatting AvgHigh Score50s100s
8626110218.36643 

Bowling
RunsWicketsBowling AvgBest5wi10wmCt/St
 481626518.178/1111137