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Don Clarke      

Full name Donald Barry Clarke

Born November 10, 1933, Pihama, Taranaki

Died December 29, 2002, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa (aged 69 years 49 days)

Major teams Auckland, Northern Districts

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Relation Brother - DS Clarke

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 27 48 13 369 47 10.54 0 0 9 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 27 6035 2474 117 8/37 21.14 2.45 51.5 4 1
Career statistics
First-class span 1950/51 - 1962/63

Clarke, Donald Barry, died in Johannesburg on December 29, 2002, aged 69. His prodigious line- and goal-kicking while fullback for the New Zealand All-Blacks made Don Clarke a rugby legend and won him the nickname "The Boot". And when he wasn't kicking balls 50, even 60 yards, he bowled them pretty quickly over 22. Months before he caught the nation's eye by helping Waikato lift the Ranfurly Shield, New Zealand's premier rugby trophy, the 17-year-old Clarke opened the bowling for Auckland in the Plunket Shield. At that age, selection for a metropolitan province was a significant achievement for a country boy. Standing 6ft 2in and powerfully built, he was made for fast-medium bowling. His smooth, athletic action lent itself to sustained spells and he could move the ball about disconcertingly.

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