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Headley Keith      

Full name Headley James Keith

Born October 25, 1927, Dundee, Natal

Died November 17, 1997, Pennington, Natal (aged 70 years 23 days)

Major teams South Africa, Natal

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 8 16 1 318 73 21.20 0 2 0 9 0
First-class 74 113 8 3203 193 30.50 8 14 61 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 8 2 108 63 0 - - - 3.50 - 0 0 0
First-class 74 7915 2174 79 5/27 27.51 1.64 100.1 2 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v South Africa at Melbourne, Feb 6-12, 1953 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Durban, Jan 25-30, 1957 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1950-1958
Profile

Headley James Keith, who died on November 17, 1997, aged 70, was a left-hand batsman, strong off the back foot, who was an important component of the powerful Natal batting line-up of the 1950s. Keith failed to make a successful transition into Test cricket, though he toured both Australia and England, and in 1952-53 became the first South African to score two centuries in a match in Australia: against Victoria at the MCG. He made his debut in the Melbourne Test, scoring 40 not out to seal victory and square the series; he also made 57 in the Lord's Test of 1955 and 73 at Leeds two Tests later. Both times he was watchful rather than dominant. Keith played eight Tests in all, but did little in the others. He was a useful slow left-armer at Currie Cup level.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Country Fixtures Country Results
1st Test: South Africa v West Indies at Centurion - Dec 17-20
South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs
Dolphins v Warriors at Pietermaritzburg - Dec 18-21
Warriors 353 & 75/2 Dolphins 370
Cape Cobras v Lions at Cape Town - Dec 18-21
Lions 413 & 129/5 Cape Cobras 306
Pool B: Gauteng v KZN-Inland at Johannesburg - Dec 18-20
Gauteng won by 99 runs
Cross Pool: Griq West v Boland at Kimberley - Dec 18-20
Boland won by 7 wickets
Knights v Titans at Bloemfontein - Dec 18-21
Titans 366 & 367/7d Knights 185 & 139/3
Pool A: North West v Northerns at Potchefstroom - Dec 18-20
North West 243 & 375/6d Northerns 250 & 218/5
Namibia U19 v KZN In U19 at Pretoria - Dec 20
KZN In U19 won by 8 wickets (with 231 balls remaining)
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