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Tip Snooke

Tip Snooke
Snooke as the manager of South Africa team in 1935
Personal information
Full name
Sibley John Snooke
Born(1881-02-01)1 February 1881
St Mark's, Cape Colony
Died14 August 1966(1966-08-14) (aged 85)
Humewood, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut2 January 1906 v England
Last Test16 February 1923 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 26 124
Runs scored 1,008 4,821
Batting average 22.39 25.91
100s/50s 1/5 7/24
Top score 103 187
Balls bowled 1,620 6,179
Wickets 35 120
Bowling average 20.05 25.14
5 wickets in innings 1 3
10 wickets in match 1 1
Best bowling 8/70 8/70
Catches/stumpings 24/– 82/–
Source: Cricinfo, 12 May 2022

Sibley John "Tip" Snooke (1 February 1881 – 14 August 1966) played Test cricket for South Africa as an all-rounder, captaining the side to victory 3–2 against England in a five-Test series in South Africa in 1909–10. He played in 26 Test matches, playing the first 23 between 1906 and 1912, and he was recalled aged 41 for three further Test matches against England in South Africa in 1922–23.

Snooke was born in St Mark's, Tembuland.[1] He scored 1,008 Test runs at a batting average of 22.39, including one century against Australia at Adelaide in 1910–11, and took 35 Test wickets at a bowling average of 20.05, with best figures of 8/70 in an innings and 12/127 for a match, both against England at Johannesburg in 1905–06.[2] Four years later against England at Cape Town, he dismissed two batsmen – Wilfred Rhodes and David Denton – in the very first over of a Test match, a feat that was not repeated until nearly ninety years later.

He played 124 first-class cricket matches for Border, Western Province and Transvaal, scoring 4,821 runs at an average of 25.91 and taking 120 wickets at an average of 25.14. He managed the successful South African side in England in 1935.[3]

He died at Port Elizabeth, aged 85. His brother, Stanley Snooke, also played Test cricket for South Africa.


  1. ^ "Tip Snooke". CricketArchive. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  2. ^ "3rd Test, Johannesburg, March 10 - 14, 1906, England tour of South Africa". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Supplementary Obituary", Wisden 1994, p. 1364.
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