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Rhodesian first-class cricket in 1963/64

Captain: David Lewis

With Tony Pithey, together with David Pithey, Colin Bland and Joe Partridge, in the South African touring team to Australia and New Zealand, David Lewis returned to captain Rhodesia in what was to be his final first-class season.

Despite the absence of four of their five top players (Godfrey Lawrence having been omitted from the touring team), Rhodesia won the B Section of the Currie Cup easily and gained promotion to the A Section for the next competition. They won four of their five matches outright, their only hiccup being a draw against Orange Free State, when they were behind on first innings but would probably have won outright if time permitted. The wisdom and experience of Lewis as captain was vital, and he succeeded in getting the players to believe in themselves as never before.

Perhaps their most satisfying victory came over North-Eastern Transvaal at Pretoria. After being ignominiously bowled out for 47, their lowest first-class total, the opposition needed only 98 to win. But Lewis so inspired his team with determination and confidence that they bowled North-Easterns out for 79 to win the match.

Rob Ullyett enjoyed his best season with the bat, scoring two centuries in his 449 runs at and average of 49.88. The averages were actually topped by John McPhun, who missed two matches due to injury, but scored 318 runs at an average of 106. Ray Gripper scored 317 runs (average 39.62), while opening batsman Nick Frangos had a promising first season with 238 runs at 39.66.

Godfrey Lawrence showed what he might have done in Australia by taking 27 wickets at an average of only 11.07, his best seasonal average. Slow left-arm bowler Vernon Dickinson took 21 wickets at an average of 23.04, and leg-spinner Jackie du Preez 15 at 26.04. Lawrence's usual opening partner was Eddie Parker, whose 11 wickets cost 17.45. Wicket-keeper Tony de Caila consolidated his position behind the stumps by claiming 17 victims (13 caught, 4 stumped) in the five matches.


                                   Double     Single
                                    Inns       Inns     No
                          Played  Won Lost   Won Lost   Dec. Points
                                  (6)        (3)  (1)   (1) 
RHODESIA                     5     4    -     -    -     -     25
North-Eastern Transvaal      5     4    1     -    -     -     24
Transvaal B                  5     2    2     -    1     -     13
Orange Free State            5     1    2     2    -     -     12
Border                       5     1    3     -    1     -      7
Griqualand West              5     -    4     1    -     -      3

At Police Ground, Salisbury; 30 November, 1, 2 December. BORDER 238 (A P Haxton 33, V C Wild 39, P Fenix 48, R K Thorne 58; G M Den 6/75, G B Lawrence 3/50) and 101 (K J Griffith 41*; G M Den 3/19, G B Lawrence 5/23). RHODESIA 413/8 dec (R A Gripper 35, J D McPhun 131, R B Ullyett 115, I E Haig 51, G B Lawrence 33; R K Thorne 3/120, V C Wild 3/62). Rhodesia won by an innings and 74 runs.

At Pretoria; 27, 28, 30 December. RHODESIA 204 (J D McPhun 93; S Stanley 3/49) and 47 (R A Gripper 25; J T Botten 9/29). NORTH-EASTERN TRANSVAAL 154 (L Liebenberg 63; G B Lawrence 3/30, V E J Dickinson 6/61) and 79 (G B Lawrence 5/14, V E J Dickinson 3/34). Rhodesia won by 18 runs.

At Johannesburg; 31 December, 1, 2 January. RHODESIA 324 (E F Parker 43, D J Lewis 31, I E Haig 72, A M H de Caila 42, J H du Preez 36; A W Motley 5/75) and 289/7 dec (R A Gripper 113, N J Frangos 45, R B Ullyett 70; G E Steyn 4/97, J H Baillie 3/28). TRANSVAAL B 212 (J H Baillie 46, L W A Vorster 49; G B Lawrence 3/25, J H du Preez 4/41) and 292 (L W A Vorster 59, N G Holmes 67, G E Steyn 45*; G B Lawrence 3/51, E F Parker 4/54). Rhodesia won by 109 runs.

At Bloemfontein; 4, 6, 7 January. RHODESIA 220 (R A Gripper 43, N J Frangos 87; M J Macaulay 7/49) and 253 (N J Frangos 50, R B Ullyett 64, J H du Preez 42; M J Macaulay 4/48). ORANGE FREE STATE 246 (E W Cronje 30, R de Bruin 83*, M H J Moffett 32; V E J Dickinson 3/62, E F Parker 3/46) and 153/7 (D J Schonegevel 35, E W Cronje 47*). Match drawn, Orange Free State leading on first innings.

At Police Ground, Salisbury; 7, 8, 9 March. GRIQUALAND WEST 139 (E J Draper 43; N R Williams 3/38, J H du Preez 4/42) and 215 (M Glover 44, B W Burrow 39). RHODESIA 269/4 dec (E F Parker 38, R B Ullyett 121, J D McPhun 69*) and 89/2 (R A Gripper 49*). Rhodesia won by eight wickets.

It is intended in the future to produce full scorecards, and also much more information about all cricket in Rhodesia during this season. At present, the next entry in this section is for 1964/65


Date-stamped : 12 Mar1998 - 10:46