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Nip Pellew
File:Nip Pellew DF.jpg
Born (1893-09-21)21 September 1893
Port Pirie, South Australia
Died 9 May 1981(1981-05-09) (aged 87)
Adelaide, South Australia
Family Lance Pellew (brother)

Clarence Everard "Nip" Pellew (21 September 1893 – 9 May 1981) was an Australian cricketer who played in 10 Tests from 1920 to 1921.

Pellew was also a leading Australian rules footballer who, due to permit problems, was only allowed to play one game for North Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). He played in the centre against Sturt Football Club's star player Vic Richardson (who also played Test cricket).[1]

He was regarded as an exceptionally brilliant fieldsman.[2] In 1946 Dudley Carew wrote, "across the years the memory of the fair-haired Pellew, of the Australian Forces team of 1919, stands out in thousands of minds while the centuries and hat-tricks of more famous players have grown dim".[3] His Wisden obituary noted: "Credited with being able to run the 100 yards in 10.2 seconds and to throw a cricket ball over 100 yards, he might well, after sprinting 40 yards round the boundary, save not one run but two or three, so swiftly did he get rid of the ball. In any discussion of the world's greatest outfields, he must be a candidate for a place."[4]

He was South Australia's state coach from 1930 till the Second World War, and again from 1958 to 1970.[4]

Pellew's brother Lance Pellew also played first-class cricket for South Australia.


  1. Atkinson, p. 184.
  2. The Oxford Companion to Australian Cricket, Oxford, Melbourne, 1996, p. 413.
  3. Carew, p. 163.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wisden 1982, p. 1208.


  • Carew, D. (1946) To the Wicket, Chapman & Hall, London.
  • Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.

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