Twopenny (cricketer)

Twopenny (also Jarrawuk or Murrumgunarrimin) (c. 1845 – 12 March 1883) is generally acknowledged as the first Aboriginal Australian to play first-class cricket.

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Personal information
Full nameMurrumgunarriman
Borncirca 1845
Bathurst, New South Wales
Died(1883-03-12)12 March 1883
Maitland, New South Wales
BowlingRight-arm fast roundarm
Domestic team information
1869–1870New South Wales
Only FC24 February 1870 New South Wales v Victoria
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 1
Runs scored 8
Batting average 4.00
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 8
Balls bowled 120
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 0/15
Catches/stumpings 0/–
Source: CricInfo, 14 August 2012

He was born in Bathurst, New South Wales. He joined the Australian Aboriginal cricket team on its tour to England in 1868. He was primarily a fast bowler, and a hard-hitting lower order batsman. His bowling was limited initially over concerns that his bowling action might be illegal, but taking advantage of the recent change in the Laws of Cricket to allow overarm bowling, he took 9/9 and 6/7 against an East Hampshire side at Southsea, and then 9/17 and 3/39 against a Hampshire team at Southampton. He played in 46 of the 47 matches on the tour, scoring 589 runs at an average of 8.29, and taking 35 wickets at an average of 6.9 from 704 balls bowled. Playing against a Sheffield team at Bramall Lane in August 1868, he hit the ball so far and high that the batsmen were able to run nine runs (with no overthrows).

He played in a single first-class match for New South Wales against Victoria in February 1870, scoring 8 and 0, and taking 0/41 and 0/15. In a timeless match, scores were similar after the first innings, but Victoria scored 337 in their second innings, and won by 265 runs.

He died in West Maitland, New South Wales, from dropsy.

See alsoEdit


  • Twopenny at ESPNcricinfo
  • The Black Lords of Summer: The Story of the 1868 Aboriginal Tour of England and Beyond, Ashley Alexander Mallett, University of Queensland Press, 2002, ISBN 0702232629, p. 78-79, 163
  • Once upon an all-run nine, Cricinfo, 12 August 2012