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Henry Taberer

Henry Taberer
Personal information
Born(1870-10-07)7 October 1870
Died5 June 1932(1932-06-05) (aged 61)
BowlingRight-arm fast
International information
National side
Only Test11 October 1902 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 1 11
Runs scored 2 222
Batting average 2.00 13.05
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 2 47*
Balls bowled 60 960
Wickets 1 22
Bowling average 48.00 20.27
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/25 4/14
Catches/stumpings 0/– 5/–

Henry Melville Taberer (7 October 1870 – 5 June 1932) was a South African cricketer who played in one Test match in 1902.[1] He was the son of the Revd C. Taberer and was born at a mission station in Keiskammahoek, Cape Province.


Taberer attended St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown, from January 1883 to June 1892. He played in St. Andrew's cricket XI and rugby XV. At Keble College, Oxford, he attained a B.A. (Hon) in Theology.[2] Henry was the brother of Bill Taberer, international rugby player.

Taberer represented Oxford University in 1891 and 1892 but did not gain a ‘Blue’, which is awarded to those selected for the annual intervarsity match against Cambridge at Lord's. The South African Review remarked that ‘favouritism of the grossest kind robbed [Taberer] forever of the great, trebly great, honour of a triple blue’.[3] He also appeared for Essex in 1892 and 1893, before the county achieved first-class status. He appeared for Oxford against Cambridge in both athletics (long jump) and rugby union.[4]

Taberer had an intermittent cricket career in South Africa, appearing for Natal, Transvaal and Rhodesia. On his one Test appearance he captained the side, but he scored only two runs and took just one wicket, that of Victor Trumper. The match was his last first-class cricket appearance, with a gap of more than seven years to his previous first-class appearance.[5] He was later prominent in South African cricket administration.

Career in colonial administration

Taberer was born on a mission station and was a fluent speaker of the languages used by the local population: he claimed to speak them more fluently than he did English.[4] He was able to use this talent effectively when he became manager of the South African government's Native Labour Bureau and adviser to the Native Recruiting Corporation for the Chamber of Mines at a time of increasing industrial unrest.[4] It has been suggested that because of Taberer's role “it was no surprise, therefore, that the NRC also sponsored the new Native Recruitment Cup played for by provincial African cricket teams, once the earlier ‘Barnato’ competition, which had included cricketers of all ethnic groups, had folded.”[3]

Taberer was the Secretary for Zululand in 1894, an acting magistrate in Eshowe, Zululand in 1895. From April 1896 to 1900 he was Controller of Cattle in Southern Rhodesia from April 1896 to 1900; He was also the Chief Native Commissioner in Mashonaland in 1895. He was a captain in the Umtali Volunteer regiment and served through the Mashonaland rebellion (1896–97), he was twice mentioned in despatches.[2] He died at Colesberg, Cape Province in 1932.

See also


  1. ^ "Player Profile: Henry Taberer". Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b Laurie 1914, p. 185.
  3. ^ a b Cricket and society in South Africa, 1910-1971 : from union to isolation. Murray, Bruce K., Parry, Richard, 1956-, Winch, Jonty. Cham, Switzerland. September 2018. ISBN 978-3-319-93608-6. OCLC 1050448400.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ a b c "Obituaries: Mr H. M. Taberer". The Times. No. 46167. London. 23 June 1932. p. 14.
  5. ^ "How many bowlers have over 1000 international wickets?". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
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