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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
Cross Pool: KZ-Natal v E. Province at Durban - Oct 30-Nov 1
KZ-Natal 308/6d E. Province 53/7
Cross Pool: Boland v W Province at Paarl - Oct 30-Nov 1
Boland 159 & 93/3 W Province 384
Pool A: Border v North West at East London - Oct 30-Nov 1
North West 187 & 20/1 Border 197
Cross Pool: Free State v Northerns at Bloemfontein - Oct 30-Nov 1
Northerns 247 Free State 324/9
Cross Pool: S West D v Namibia at Oudtshoorn - Oct 30-Nov 1
Namibia 130 & 36/5 S West D 242
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