Douglas Keith Carmody
Douglas Keith Carmody was born in Mosman, New South Wales, Australia on 16 February 1919. Carmody played first class Australian cricket in 1940s and 1950s. Carmody was a right handed player, and represented New South Wales, Western Australia. The Western Australia side won their first Sheffield Shield series under Carmondy’s captainship. The ‘Umbrella field’ technique was invented by him. It made him one of the two Australians players among Cricket’s six greatest innovators.
He was trained by Stan McCabe of Mosman club in Sydney. His record of 1606 runs in the under-21 Poidevin- Gary competition still remains unbroken. He started playing for New South Wales and made his debut against Queensland in Sheffield Shield in the year 1939-40. Afterwards he joined Royal Australian Air Force however he continued to play cricket with Australian Service Team. In 1945 Carmody toured England and India with the team. He was shot down near the coast of Holland and imprisoned in Stalag Luft III, later freed by the Russian Army.
After the war Carmody returned to Shield cricket in 1946-47 season. For the next season he went to Western Australia, who were new team in the competition and he was named as captain of the side. In that season he scored his highest first class cricket score by scoring 198 in Perth paling against South Australia. The side won the tournament in their first attempt. Carmody captained the side till Ken Meuleman took over the captaincy in 1956-57.
Carmody played a total of 65 First class matches scoring 3496 runs including two centuries and twenty half centuries.