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Biddy Anderson

Biddy Anderson
Personal information
Full name
James Henry Anderson
Born(1874-04-26)26 April 1874
Kimberley, Cape Colony
Died11 March 1926(1926-03-11) (aged 51)
Bredasdorp, Cape Province, South Africa
International information
National side
Only Test18 October 1902 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 1 14
Runs scored 43 511
Batting average 21.50 23.22
100s/50s 0/0 1/1
Top score 32 109
Balls bowled 24
Wickets 1
Bowling average 26.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/10
Catches/stumpings 1/– 14/–
Source: Cricinfo, 14 June 2016

James Henry "Biddy" Anderson (26 April 1874 – 11 March 1926) was a South African cricketer and rugby union player who represented South Africa at each sport.

Born in Kimberley, Anderson attended Diocesan College in Rondebosch before going to Oxford University, where he was awarded a rugby Blue.[1]

A right-handed batsman, Anderson played in one Test match in 1902, when he captained South Africa against Australia in Johannesburg.[2] He captained Western Province in the Currie Cup in 1903–04, scoring 109 in the semi-final win over Border, who totalled only 107 in their two innings.[3]

Anderson also played three rugby union Tests for South Africa in 1896.[4] He was a member of the team that beat Great Britain at Newlands in Cape Town in 1896 to record South Africa's first international victory.[5] He also played for clubs in Italy and France. He is one of six men to have played both cricket and rugby Tests for South Africa.[1]

Anderson was a farmer and racehorse breeder near Bredasdorp in Cape Province.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Mukherjee, Abhishek (26 April 2016). "James 'Biddy' Anderson: Rugby champion, cricket captain". Cricket Country. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  2. ^ "South Africa v Australia, Johannesburg 1902–03". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 July 2023.
  3. ^ "Western Province v Border 1903-04". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Biddy Anderson". EPSN Scrum. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  5. ^ Chris Schoeman, The Number 10s: South Africa's Finest Flyhalves 1891–2010, Zebra Press, Cape Town, 2020, chapter 1.
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