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Basil Austin Onyons
was an Australian first-class cricket
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er who represented Victoria
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Onyons was originally an Australian rules football
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er and played for the Melbourne Football Club
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in the Victorian Football League
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(VFL) between 1905 and 1908. He kicked 32 goals from his 37 games, with 16 of them coming in the 1906 season which was the most by a Melbourne player that year.
A right-handed batsman who often opened the innings, Onyons made an inauspicious first-class cricket debut, bagging a pair at the Sydney Cricket Ground
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on 25 January 1919 against NSW
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He didn't play another first-class match until exactly eight years later when he captained Victoria in a game against Tasmania
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at the MCG. Despite batting at number eight down the order he made 128.
In a good 1928/29 Sheffield Shield season, Onyons made 582 runs at 72.75 with four hundreds from four games.