Jack Marsh was an Australian first-class cricketer of Australian Aboriginal descent. He represented New South Wales in six matches from 1900–01 to 1902–03. A right-arm fast bowler of extreme pace, Marsh was regarded as one of the outstanding talents of his era. His career was curtailed by continual controversy surrounding the legality of his bowling action; he was no-balled multiple times for throwing.
About Jack Marsh in brief
Jack Marsh was an Australian first-class cricketer of Australian Aboriginal descent. He represented New South Wales in six matches from 1900–01 to 1902–03. A right-arm fast bowler of extreme pace, Marsh was regarded as one of the outstanding talents of his era. His career was curtailed by continual controversy surrounding the legality of his bowling action; he was no-balled multiple times for throwing. As a result of the debate over the legitimacy of his action, Marsh never established himself at first- class level and was overlooked for national selection. In later years, Marsh turned to alcohol and was briefly jailed for assault. He was killed in a brawl outside a pub; two men were charged with manslaughter but were acquitted. Marsh’s surname is believed to have possibly derived from that of Francis Henry Marsh, whose property Camira was separated from Yulgilbar by the Richmond Range. Aborigines were not on the electoral roll and Marsh had no written correspondence with others because he was illiterate. Marsh made his first impression in the sporting arena as a professional runner, following his brother Larry to the Sydney athletics tracks in 1893. Marsh was known for his rapid acceleration, which accounted for him being particularly strong over 75 yd. A more recent study by Max Bonnell has come to the conclusion that Marsh was a world-class sprinter. He had a time of 9. 9 s in 1890, which was equal to the amateur world record set by American John Owen in 1890. Eight years later a publication noted that Marsh’s Australian record had been 9 9 s.
Marsh briefly briefly played for Sydney Cricket Club, demonstrating his boomerang skills, while demonstrating his throwing boomerangs, while bowling with his arm encased in splints, which prompted the umpire to resign in humiliation. In November 1897, he was persuaded to take up cricket by cricket officials and he was spotted by officials at Sydney Cricket club’s second level. Marsh played for South Sydney Club’s second-level club, representing South Sydney, in a match against Paddington Cricket Club in November 1897. He won the match and was selected to make his debut in the Sheffield Shield. In a later season, the touring England cricket team objected to his selection in an opposition team. There were calls for Marsh to be selected for Australia, but Monty Noble refused to select him, citing his controversial action. Marsh only played in two more first class matches, which came in the two seasons following his no-ballsing. He is buried in a suburb of Sydney called La Perang, which had a large Indigenous population, by La Perangs, by the Indigenous population by the time of his death in 1903. Marsh is the only person to have ever been selected for a Test match by the Australian Cricket Association (ACA) as a bowler. He also won several races as a sprinter and hurdler, winning several wins in notable races. As with some other Indigenous runners, he travelled to race in Queensland and Victoria.