NCZ's 2nd Test cricketer (and 8th overall) uncovered
Date of Event : Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:34PM

John "Jack" Moroney

Born in Macksville on 24 July 1917, Jack moved to Tucabia when he was 3 years old. In his early days in the Clarence Valley, he played for Tucabia Primary School and later Jack played 1st grade in the local competition for St Mary’s until teaching duties took him around the state. Jack did not begin his professional cricketing career until he joined the Sydney grade aged 26 years.       

  • Selected for the Australian tour of South Africa in 1949 as an opening batsman, where he scored a century in each innings.
  • A total of seven tests played for Australia produced 383 runs at an average of 34.81 with a highest score of 118. He played with illustrious company that included Arthur Morris, Keith Miller, Lindsay Hassett, Neil Harvey, Sam Loxton and Ray Lindwall, 
  • Played 23 Sheffield Shield matches for NSW, scoring 1,935 runs at an average of 49.62. 
  • In total, Jack played 57 First Class matches scoring 4,023 runs at an average of 52.24 with a highest score of 217. 12 centuries were scored.

Jack’s contribution to cricket continued throughout his life. He died at Orange, NSW on 1 July 1999, aged 81. 


Wisden obituary

Jack Moroney came late to big cricket because of the Second World War, and failed to secure the regular Test place many believed he deserved. His fielding was heavy-footed, and his reputation for dour batting was not helped by an odd reluctance to use his power, sparking the observation by RS Whitington that he batted `like a purposeless porpoise'. Moroney grumbled that maintaining discipline as a school-master was difficult enough, without irreverent pupils being offered such a tag for their teacher.


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