Full name William Frederick Stelling
Born June 30, 1969, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Current age 46 years 63 days
Major teams Netherlands, Berkshire, Boland, Leicestershire, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Education Michaelhouse, St Stithian's, UCT
|ODI debut||Netherlands v Sri Lanka at Amstelveen, Jul 4, 2006 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Netherlands v Scotland at Belfast, Jul 13, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Netherlands v Bermuda at Pretoria, Nov 21-24, 2006 scorecard|
|List A debut||1991/92|
|Last List A||Netherlands v Scotland at Belfast, Jul 13, 2007 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/7||Netherlands||v Scotland||Belfast||13 Jul 2007||ODI # 2602|
|1/21, 10*||Netherlands||v Ireland||Belfast||11 Jul 2007||ODI # 2600|
|4, 0/21||Netherlands||v West Indies||Dublin||10 Jul 2007||ODI # 2599|
|7, 2/47||Netherlands||v Canada||Toronto||3 Jul 2007||ODI # 2596|
|3/12||Netherlands||v Scotland||Basseterre||22 Mar 2007||ODI # 2549|
|1/43, 1*||Netherlands||v South Africa||Basseterre||16 Mar 2007||ODI # 2537|
|0/15, 0||Netherlands||v Kenya||Florence Hall||8 Mar 2007||Other|
|0/33, 0*||Netherlands||v India||Florence Hall||6 Mar 2007||Other|
|2/41, 44||Netherlands||v Scotland||Nairobi (Jaff)||2 Feb 2007||ODI # 2500|
|24, 0/23||Netherlands||v Kenya||Nairobi (Gym)||31 Jan 2007||ODI # 2496|
Known as something of a rebel in his younger days, Billy Stelling, a Cape Town-born allrounder, mellowed after a spate of injuries threatened to derail his career altogether. He played for Western Province and the Boland, but from the mid 1990s his career was based in Europe. He had a spell with Leicestershire, making only one first-class outing when he took 5 for 49 against Kent in 2000. He turned out for Berkshire in the Minor Counties Championship and also had spells with East Lancashire and Rawtenstall in the Lancashire League.
He first played for Netherlands in 1995 and was on the fringes of the one-day side for much of the next decade, never quite able to hold down a regular place. A good finisher in the one day game, coming in at No. 6 or 7, he was considered a placer of the ball but was capable of playing big innings.
He announced his retirement from the first-class game after the 2007 World Cup - hardly earth-shattering news as he had played only one such match in seven years - but while he expressed a desire to continue playing ODIs, at 38, time appeared to be against him.
Alan Curr May 2007
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