Tom O'Dwyer

Tom O'Dwyer
Personal information
Full name Thomas Edmund O'Dwyer
Born (1919-11-05)5 November 1919
Bridgetown, Western Australia, Australia
Died 1 September 2005(2005-09-01) (aged 85)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Nickname "The Bowling Baritone"
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
1946–1960 Western Australia
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 15
Runs scored 305
Batting average 16.05
100s/50s 0/1
Top score 51
Balls bowled 2966
Wickets 41
Bowling average 34.51
5 wickets in innings 3
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 7/79
Catches/stumpings 8/0
Source: CricketArchive, 8 November 2011

Thomas Edmund "Tom" O'Dwyer (5 November 1919 – 1 September 2005) was an Australian cricketer who played 15 first-class matches for Western Australia between 1946 and 1960. He is best known as the last player to dismiss Donald Bradman in a first-class match in Australia. O'Dwyer was born in Bridgetown, Western Australia, to John and Isabel (née Priest) O'Dwyer. His father was manager of the local Lands Department office. O'Dwyer's family moved to Perth when he was five, and he attended St. Patricks College (now part of Trinity College). He began playing cricket with the North Perth C-grade team, and later played for Subiaco and Mount Lawley in the WACA District competition.[1]

Bowling left-arm orthodox spin, O'Dwyer made his first-class debut for Western Australia against the touring Marylebone Cricket Club team in October 1946, and took two wickets on debut, dismissing Joe Hardstaff leg before wicket and having Bill Edrich caught.[2] The following season, he was a member of Western Australia's inaugural Sheffield Shield side against South Australia, taking 5/47 in South Australia's first innings to record his first five-wicket haul.[3] Later in the 1947–48 season, the Australian side touring England stopped in Perth and played a match against Western Australia, with O'Dwyer becoming the last bowler to dismiss Don Bradman in a first-class match in Australia, having him caught by Tom Outridge.[4]

O'Dwyer retired at the conclusion of the 1960 season to concentrate on his work, having played a total of 15 first-class matches, in which he scored 305 runs at an average of 16.05, and took 41 wickets at an average of 34.51.[5] His best bowling figures were taken against Queensland in February 1948, taken seven wickets for 79 runs in Queensland's first innings.[6] Outside of cricket, O'Dwyer worked in the insurance business, and was also involved with the Roman Catholic Church and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.[1] He died in Perth in September 2005.[6]


  1. 1 2 Conversation: Tom O’Dwyer, ‘bowling baritone’ and special minister of Eucharist - Man of prayer who bowled the Don in ’48 – Catholic Weekly. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. Western Australia v Marylebone Cricket Club – CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  3. Western Australia v South Australia – CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  4. Western Australia v Australian XI – CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  5. Tom O'Dwyer player profile – CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  6. 1 2 Queensland v Western Australia – CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
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