Ken Viljoen

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Ken Viljoen
Ken Viljoen 1935.jpg
Ken Viljoen in 1935
Personal information
Born(1910-05-14)14 May 1910
Windsorton, South Africa
Died21 January 1974(1974-01-21) (aged 63)
Krugersdorp, South Africa
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm bowler
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Runs scored13657964
Batting average 28.4343.28
Top score124215
Balls bowled481820
Wickets 29
Bowling average 24.89
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match0
Best bowling4/23
Catches/stumpings 5/-50/-
Source: Cricinfo

Kenneth George Viljoen (14 May 1910 – 21 January 1974) was a South African cricketer who played in 27 Tests from 1930–31 to 1948–49. [1] He was later a manager of post-World War II South African teams. He was born in Windsorton, Cape Province and died in Krugersdorp, Transvaal.

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  1. "Ken Viljoen". Retrieved 13 January 2012.