Henrey Foley and Matt Anderson of New Zealand became New Zealand’s first OTWs in their inaugural Test match played at Lancaster Park, Christchurch. In the 1st Test of their four test series against England, which was won by England by 8 wickets, Foley made 2 runs in each innings and became the first Kiwi batsman to have got dismissed in Test Cricket. His teammate Henderson, who too was making his only appearance in test cricket, took a wicket with the 1st ball he bowled in Test Cricket. He also took a catch to dismiss Duleepsinhji. Those 2 wickets remained his only Test Victims, as he did not make another appearance in Tests. He also made 6 & 2*.
In the 1st Test of the 1929/20 series between West Indies and England played at Bridgetown, Leslie Walcott became the 1st OTW for West Indies. He made 24 & 16* and took George Gunn’s wicket in England’s 2nd innings. England were playing in two test series simultaneously during the season one being lead by Hon FSG Calthorpe in West Indies and other by Arthur Gilligan in New Zealand, who were playing Test Cricket for the first time.
Eddie McLeod of New Zealand made 16 & 2 * and did not take any wicket or catch in his only Test appearance in the 2nd Test of the 1929/30 series played at Wellington.
Nelson Betancourt & Mervyn Grell of West Indies were the next OTWs who joined the club in the 2nd Test of the 1929/30 Series played against England at Port of Spain. Nelson Betancourt became one of the very few players to have captained his country in the only test he played. He made 39 & 13. Mervyn Grell who was playing on his home ground made 17 & 13 and could not take a wicket in either of England’s innings. He did take one catch in England’s 1st innings. In the 4th Test of the same Series played at Kingston, England’s Andy Sandham made 1st Triple Century in Test Cricket. In the same George Gladstone who took a wicket and remained unbeaten 12 made his only Test appearance. Clarence Passailaigu who was playing just his 2nd first class match after having hit 183 for Jamaica against the touring MCC team made 44 & 2 in his only Test appearance in his career. He also took a catch in England’s 1st innings and two in 2nd.
John Cochran of SA made just 4 runs and could not take a single wicket though he opened the bowling for South Africa in the 5th and final test of the 1930/31 series against England played at Durban.
In the 1st Test of the 1931 Series against New Zealand, played at Lord’s England’s John Arnold made 0 & 34 opening the batting for England in the absence of Hobbs & Sutcliffe. Though he represented England in Soccer later never got an opportunity again to play in Test cricket.
Bill Hunt and Pud Thurlow who made their debut along with one of the all time great bowlers in history of Cricket, Bill O’Reilly, did not make any runs or took any wickets in their only Test appearance at Adelaide during the 4th Test of the 1931/32 series against South Africa. Thurlow may hot have forgotten his maiden test appearance as he was runout for a duck after giving company to Bardman who added 14 runs and was within a run shy of what would have been a triple Century. So Bradman was left high and dry on 299*.
Lall Singh of India became the 1st OTW from India when he made his test debut against England at Lord’s when India played their inaugural Test match. He was the only player from the 1st Indian Test eleven not to have appeared in another Test. Regarded as one of the best fielders of his time, he took one catch and made 15 & 29.
Lisle Nagel of Australia made his debut for Australia after claiming 8 for 32 for An Australian XI team against MCC in 1932/33 helping them to dismiss MCC team for 60. However he could not repeat the magic in the 1st Test of that famous bodyline series played at Sydney. He was out first ball in Australia’s 1st innings and made an unbeaten 21 in the 2nd. His two wickets had cost him 110 runs and he was never chosen to play for Australia in a Test match again. His two wickets of England’s 1st innings were that of their century makers, Wally Hammond and Nawab of Pataudi Sr, who too was making his Test debut did make a century on debut.
Hammy Love of Australia became the next OTW when he made his only Test appearance in the 4th Test of the same series at Brisbane. He made 5 & 3 and took 3 catches in England’s 1st innings while keeping wickets. The 5th and final test of the Bodyline series played at Sydney became the first and last Test appearance for Harry Alexander. He made 17* in the 1st innings and was dismissed for a first ball duck in the 2nd. His bowling too was not impressive as his 1 wicket in the 1st innings cost him 129 runs and in the 2nd innings he went for 0 for 25 as England attained the victory target 168 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets, thus winning the series by 4-1 margin.
HD ‘Dennis’ Smith of New Zealand while making his Test debut at Christchurch in the 1st Test of the 1932/33 series against England, took a wicket with the very first ball he bowled in Test cricket by clean bowling Eddie Paynter , becoming the 10th bowler in Test history to do so. Unfortunately that remained his only Test wicket as he did not make any more Test appearances. In this match England lost both openers with the first ball they faced. Earlier, Dennis’s bowling partner, Ted Badcock dismissed Herbert Sutcliffe with the first ball of the Test match. Smith also made 4 runs in the only innings he batted.
In the 2nd Test of the 1933 Series between England and West Indies played at Manchester Archie Wiles of West Indies made his only Test appearance and became one of the very few cricketers to have made their Test debut in their 40s. He made 0 & 2 while making his debut at an age of 40yrs and 346 days. He neither bowled in the test match nor took a catch.
Ben Sealey of West Indies and Charles Marriot of England became the next OTWs when they made their only Test appearances in the 3rd Test of the 1933 Series at The Oval. Chalres Marriot, though dismissed for a duck, took 5 for 37 and 6 for 59 as England won by an innings and 17 runs thus making it a memorable debut. Ben Sealey made 29 and 12 top scoring in West Indies’ 1st innings total of 100. Sealey also took the wicket of England’s Century maker AH Bakewell. Marriot later toured India in 1933/34 and took a hat-trick for MCC against Madras but did not play Test Cricket again.
In the first ever Test match played in India, the 1st test of the 1933-34 series again England played at Bombay India’s LP Jai, RJD Jamshedji and Ladha Ramji joined the OTW club making their only Test appearance. Laxmidas Jai made 19 & 0 and did not bowl or take a catch. Jamshedji who at the age of 41 yrs and 27days is still the oldest Indian player to make a Test debut, made 4* and 1* and took 3 wickets for 137 runs including England’s century maker BH Valentine. His was the only noteworthy performance among the 3 OTWs as other OTW Ramji, playing along with his elder brother Amar Singh did not make a run or take a wicket though took a catch of the bowling of Mohd Nissar to dismiss Hedley Verity in England’s 1st Innings.
In the next test played at Calcutta, India’s MJ Gopalan & England’s WHV Levett joined the OTW club with their single test appearance. MJ Gopalan, who became the only Indian cricketer to have represented India both in Tests and Hockey, could very well have participated in Berlin Olympics and won a gold medal but chose to tour England as part of the Indian team and did not play a single test match there. He made 11 * & 7 with the bat and took wicket and couple of catches in England’s 1st innings. Levett who kept wickets for England made 5 & 2* hitting the winning runs for England. He also held 3 catches in India’s 2nd innings.
Yuvraj of Patiala, who made his test debut at Madras in the 3rd test of the same Series made 24 & 60 and took a catch. Though he was selected to tour England in 1936, his commitments did not give him a chance to do so and he never played in tests again. He later became an ambassador to Holland in 1971 and remained so till his death. The following season, his father, Maharaja of Patiala who had a great passion for the game and known for his philanthropic acts, has donated the Ranji Trophy to the game of cricket to honor the 1st Indian cricketer to play in Tests, RanjithSinhji.
Hans Irvine Ebeling of Australia, who is very well remembered for conceiving the idea of 1977 centenary test match and carrying it out successfully, made his solo test appearance during the 1934 Ashes. In the final Test at The Oval he made 2 and 41. With his run-a-ball 41 he added 55 runs for the last wicket with Bill O’Reilly. He also took 3 wickets for 74 runs in England’s 1st innings including that of Wally Hammond. Australia who made 701 runs in their 1st innings, won this test match with a huge margin of 562 runs. Bradman & Ponsford were involved in a record 2nd wicket partnership of 451 runs remained highest for any wicket in Test Cricket till Jones and Martin Crowe broke it with a 3rd wicket partnership of 467 against Sri Lanka in 1990/91, which in turn was broken by Jayasuria & Mahanama of Sri Lanka at Colombo against India when they added 576 runs for the 2nd wicket, which still remains highest in Test Cricket for any wicket. Its just 1 run short of highest partnership in first class cricket for any wicket, which still belongs to Vijay Hazare and Gul Mohammed who added 577 runs for the 4th wicket playing for Baroda against Holkar at Baroda in 1946-47 season.
James Neblett & KL Wishart of West Indies in the 3rd test of the 1934/35 series at Georgetown made their entry and exit to test cricket in the same test match. Neblett made 11* and 5 and took a wicket in England’s 2nd innings. Wishart who opened batting for West Indies made 52 before getting runout in the 1st innings. In the 2nd innings he was out for a duck.
In the 4th and final test of the same series played at Kingston George Mudie and Dickie Fuller made their debuts as well as farewells to Test cricket. Fuller made 1 and Mudie 5 in the only innings West Indies batted. Fuller went wicketless in both the innings of England whereas Mudie took 2 wickets in the 1st and one in the 2nd.
In the drawn 1st encounter at Trent Bridge of the 1935 series between England and South Africa, Mandy Mitchell-Innes of England and Denis Tomlinson of South Africa made their only test appearance. Mitchell-Innes made 5 runs in the only innings he batted. Tomlinson made 9 and bowled 10 wicketless overs. John Clay and Hopper Read of England became the next OTWs when they both they made only test appearances at The Oval in the 5th and final Test match of the same series. Both of them did not bat as England declared their innings closed at 534/6. Clay took one catch and bowled 14 overs in the 1st and 18 in the second, but failed to claim any wicket. Read took four wickets in the 1st and two in the 2nd.
EG Bock of South Africa in the 1935/36 series, playing in the 2nd test at Johannesburg against Australia remained unbeaten with 9 and 2 in each of South Africa’s innings. Bock bowled 14 wicketless overs in Australia’s 1st innings and 9 overs in the 2nd which too resulted in no wickets. Bock did not get a chance to take any catch.
Khershed Meherhomji of India toured England in 1936 as the 2nd wicketkeeper and got a chance to play in the 2nd test at Manchester, which remained his only test appearance. He did not make a single run and remained unbeaten on zero in the only innings he batted. He just took one catch to dismiss England’s captain Gubby Allen of the bowling of Amar Singh. In the next test at The Oval, Baqa Jilani, in his sole Test appearance mad 4* and 12. Though he was primarily a bowler, he did not get a chance to bowl in that Test. He died at an young age of 29 years and 347 days and is still remembered as the first bowler to get a hat-trick in the Ranji Trophy, In the inaugural season of the Ranji Tropy in 1934-35, he took the wickets of Lall Singh, Joginder Singh and Yuvraj of Patiala as Southern was bowled out for 22 runs while chasing a tiny target of 114 runs. Baqa Jilani had a dram figures if 4.1-1-7-5.
Ray Robinson of Australia at Brisbane, in the 1st Test of the 1936/37 Series made just 2 and 3 in his only outing in Test Cricket. Australia was bowled out for 58 runs in just 12.3 8-ball overs in their 2nd innings with one batsman EL McCormick not available to bat.
In the 1st test of the 1937 series against New Zealand at Lord’s, Jim Parks of England made his test debut along with one of the greatest cricketers of All-time Sir Len Hutton. He opened the batting with Hutton and made 22 & 7 whereas his illustrious partner was out for a duck in the 1st innings and could make just one run in the 2nd.Parks also took 2 wickets in the 1st and 1 wicket in the 2nd. Parks record of 3000 runs and 100 wickets in one season is one of the very few first class records that would be almost impossible to be overtaken. Though Parks put up a reasonable performance in this test, it remained his only Test appearance. whereas Hutton who could not make any impression with the bat went onto play 69 tests and broke several test records. In the 2nd Test of the same series at Manchester Norman Gallichan of New Zealand who made his test debut against England made 30 & 2 and took 3 wickets in England’s 1st innings including that of Wally Hammond. It remained his only Test appearance. In the 3rd and final test of the same series ADG Matthews of England remained unbeaten on 2 in the only innings he batted and took the wicket of Walter Hadlee (father of Richard Hadlle) in each of the New Zealand’s Innings. They remained his only wickets in Test Cricket. He also took a catch in England’s 1st innings.
Reg Sinfield of England who made his only appearance in Test cricket when he made his test debut at Trent Bridge in the 1938 Ashes. He made 6 runs in the only innings he batted and took a wicket in each of Australia’s innings. He dismissed Bradman in the 1st innings in a very peculiar way. In a way he dismissed the great Bradman twice with the same ball. Though the scorecard shows Bradman was caught, he was infact caught first by Ames and then also got stumped. William ‘Fred’ Price of England became the next OTW when he made his only test appearance at Leeds in the 4th Test of same Ashes series. He kept wickets for England and made 0 & 6. He did not have good match with gloves either as he took just two catches in Australia’s 1st innings.
Gerald Bond of South Africa joined the OTW club when he played his only test match in the 1938/39 series against England at Johannesburg in the 2nd test of that series. He was out first ball in the only innings he batted and bowled 2 wicketless overs for 16 runs in England’s 1st innings.
Norman ‘Buddy’ Oldfield of England and Victor Stollmeyer & Tyrell Johnson of West Indies made their debut at The Oval during the 1939 Test series between England and West Indies. Oldfield made 80 runs in the 1st innings and added 131 runs for the 2nd wicket with Len Hutton. He made another 19 runs in the 2nd. He did not bowl and did not get a chance to hold a catch. For West Indies, Victor Stollmeyer fell 4 runs short of his century in the only innings he batted and Tyrell Johnson took a wicket with the first ball bowled in Test cricket by clean bowling WW Keeton of England in the 1st innings. He also took a wicket in the 2nd innings by having the other OTW Oldfield caught by JED Sealy behind the wickets.
Though all of these OTWs put up great show the did not play another test and had to end their test careers with just that one Test appearance as immediately after this test match World War II broke out and halted the Test Cricket for 8 long years. This test match was the last test match played before the Great War.