July 28, 2000

1950's Springbok, Cuan McCarthy, in hospital

Springbok, Natal and Cambridge University fast bowler, writer of note, and man of large spirit - Cuan Neil McCarthy - is at present critically ill and residing at the Helen Joseph Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Born in Pietermaritzburg in 1929, McCarthy got his first call up to the national side at the age of 19. Opening the bowling for South Africa in his 15 Tests, spanning 1948 to 1951, he produced his best figures of 12-2-43-6 in his debut Test against the touring English team on his home ground at Kingsmead.

Never one to trouble the scorers with his bat, only accumulating 28 runs in 24 visits to the crease and registering a top score of five, his claim to fame was his fast right-arm deliveries that brought him 36 Test wickets at an economy rate of 2,58.

Any messages of encouragement to McCarthy can be sent to flameinthegame@yahoo.com

Test Debut: South Africa v England at Durban, 1st Test, 1948/49
Last Test: South Africa v England at The Oval, 5th Test, 1951

TESTS
M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct St
Batting      15   24  15    28    5    3.11   -   -    6  -

Balls M R W Ave Best 5 10 SR Econ Bowling 3499 64 1510 36 41.94 6-43 2 - 97.1 2.58