Laurie Nash

Laurence John (Laurie) Nash (191086), cricketer, was a talented but volatile sportsman who excelled at cricket and football in the 1930s. Born in Melbourne, he came as a teenager to Parattah with his publican father, and soon made a name for himself in Launceston club cricket. He opened the batting and bowling for Tasmania with equal facility, his tearaway fast bowling causing the touring South Africans considerable discomfort in 1932, taking 7/50 and sending one of his victims to hospital with a broken jaw. He played one Test for Australia that season, and another five years later, after he had returned to Victoria. Frustration with his fielders provoked him into deliberately throwing a delivery in a match against Victoria at Launceston in 1931. He later became a successful footballer for South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League.

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