|Born||22 March 1933|
Que Que, Rhodesia
|Died||16 May 2014 81) (aged|
Johannesburg, South Africa
Christopher Anthony Russell Duckworth (22 March 1933 – 16 May 2014) was a Rhodesian cricketer who played in two Tests for South Africa in 1957. He was born in Que Que, Southern Rhodesia (now Kwekwe, Zimbabwe).and was educated at Chaplin High School and the University of Natal. He also played hockey for Rhodesia, rugby for Natal U19 and league tennis in Johannesburg.
The Rhodesia cricket team played first-class cricket and represented originally the British colony of Southern Rhodesia and later the unilaterally independent state of Rhodesia which became Zimbabwe. In 1980 the Rhodesia cricket team was renamed as the Zimbabwe-Rhodesia Cricket team, and in 1981 it adopted its current name of the Zimbabwe national cricket team.
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.
Test cricket is the longest form of the sport of cricket and is considered its highest standard. Test matches are played between national representative teams with "Test status", as determined and conferred by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The two teams of 11 players each play a four-innings match, which may last up to five days. It is generally considered the most complete examination of teams' playing ability and endurance. The name Test stems from the long, gruelling match being both mentally and physically testing.
Both Tests against England in the 1956–57 series were won by South Africa, the fourth at the Wanderers, Johannesburg, and the fifth at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth. Captain Clive van Ryneveld presented him with a commemorative stump at the conclusion of each contest.In first-class cricket, Duckworth played two seasons from 1952–53 for Natal while at University in Pietermaritzburg, scoring a century in his second match. In 1954–55 he returned to Rhodesia and in the mid-summer of 1963 was asked by the Rhodesian selectors to spearhead the National side, an honour he declined as he and his family were shortly due to emigrate to South Africa, where, in Johannesburg, at John Waite's invitation, he played for his Wanderers side in the 1965–66 season.
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James Manuel Blanckenberg was a South African cricketer. A middle-order batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler, Blanckenberg’s first-class career spanned the years 1912 to 1924. In a period interrupted by the First World War, he played with Western Province except for his final domestic season, which was spent with Natal. For several years he was considered the best bowler in South Africa, a player that could bowl for hours on matting wickets if asked to do so. Twenty-one times during his career he took five wickets in an innings, his best being 9 for 78 gained at Johannesburg in the Currie Cup match between Transvaal and Western Province, January 1921. And three times he surpassed 10 wickets in a match – 11 for 161 in that same match at Johannesburg in January 1921, Transvaal v Western Province; 10 for 102 at Newlands, Cape Town in March 1921, Western Province v Natal; and 10 for 74 at Northampton on the South African tour of England in July 1924, Northants v South Africa. Two other bowling feats are worthy of note. In December 1923, in a Currie Cup match at Johannesburg between Griqualand West and Natal, Blanckenberg took 9 for 75. And in August 1924, in a tour match at Cardiff against Glamorgan, he took 8 for 97 in South Africa’s only innings on the field, all his victims being bowled.
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