Name:Trumble, Hugh
Date of Birth:12 May 1867 (d 14 August 1938)
Career:1889-90 to 1914-15
Batting Style:RHB
Bowling Style:RAOS


After serving on the MCC committee from 1900/01 to 1910/11, he was appointed club secretary in 1911 and served in that position with distinction for 27 years.

He was made a life member of the club in 1904. A popular figure, his elongated frame with distinctive broad-brimmed felt hat and pipe made him one of the most readily recognised people in the city.

A lanky man of six feet and four inches, he was a medium-paced off spinner who made full use of his height to achieve puzzling flight and awkward bounce. He was a master of variations of pace, flight and spin. He was noted for his well-disguised slower ball with which he dismissed many batsmen caught and bowled.

One of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game, his total of 141 wickets in Anglo-Australian Tests was not exceeded until Dennis Lillee’s efforts into the 1980s.

Trumble’s long reach and sure hands made him an outstanding fielder at slip and off his own bowling (he took a remarkable career tally of 329 catches) while he was also a capable batsman with a sound technique.

He made his Australian debut on the 1890 tour of England, appearing in the first two Tests. However, it was not until the England tour in 1896 that he emerged supreme. He was the side’s leading wicket taker with 148 wickets at 15.81, capturing 18 wickets in the three Tests, including 6/59 and 6/30 at the Oval. Three times he took more than 20 wickets in a Test series against England - 28 at 20.03 in 1901/02, 26 at 14.26 (from only three Tests) in 1902 and 24 at 16.58 in 1903/04. His best Test figures were 8/65 at the Oval in 1902. He topped the bowling averages on both the 1899 and 1902 tours – 142 at 18.43 in 1899 and 137 at 14.02 (despite missing the first month with a broken thumb) in 1902.

In 1899 he also scored 1183 runs, thereby performing the double - a feat performed by only three other Australians on a tour of England, George Giffen, Warwick Armstrong (both three times) and Jack Gregory. He was the first man to take two Test hat tricks, both at Melbourne, in 1901/02 and in his final Test in 1903/04. The highest of his four Test fifties was 70 at Sydney in 1897/98. Later in the same series, at Adelaide, he went to the crease with Australia reeling at 6/58, and contributed 46 to a stand of 165 for the seventh wicket with Clem Hill, still the record for Australia against England. In the absence of Joe Darling he captained Australia in the final two Tests against England in 1901/02, and Australia won both matches.

Trumble played 47 matches for Victoria between 1887-88 and 1903-04, capturing 229 wickets at 21.10, as well as scoring 1533 runs at 21.29. His best bowling for Victoria was 8/39 against South Australia in 1898/99. In all first class matches his best figures were 9/39 against the South of England in 1902. His highest score of 107 was made for Victoria against the English tourists in 1897/98.

Trumble, who was born in 1867 at Abbotsford and died in 1938 at Hawthorn, aged 71.

From "100 Not Out" by Rod Nicholson and Ken Williams.


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