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Clarrie Grimmett      

Full name Clarence Victor Grimmett

Born December 25, 1891, Caversham, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Died May 2, 1980, Kensington Park, Adelaide, South Australia (aged 88 years 129 days)

Major teams Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Wellington

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Clarence Victor Grimmett
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 37 50 10 557 50 13.92 0 1 2 17 0
First-class 248 321 54 4720 71* 17.67 0 12 140 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 37 67 14513 5231 216 7/40 14/199 24.21 2.16 67.1 7 21 7
First-class 248 73987 31737 1424 10/37 22.28 2.57 51.9 127 33
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 27-Mar 4, 1925 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Durban, Feb 28-Mar 3, 1936 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1911/12 - 1940/41

In the corner shop near our home in a suburb of Sydney there hung a poster. It mesmerised me. Mum sent me weekly for sugar or potatoes or something else that in the early 1950s used to be weighed from bulk bins and did not come prewrapped in plastic. There on the wall, curling at the corners, was the poster - or it may have been a calendar - the multiple photographs of a wizened little man pointing his wrist towards the camera, holding a cricket ball this way and that, always with a sly grin, always with his large cap pressed down over his creased-up eyes. He was Clarrie Grimmett, long abandoned by the first-class game but still, by the suggestion of craft and mystique, capable of sending a youngster running back from the shop to grab a tennis ball and send it spinning haphazardly all over the empty, dusty street.

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Dec 25, 2003

Clarrie Grimmett profile

Clarrie Grimmett profile

© Getty Images

Feb 5, 1937

Clarrie Grimmett bowls, February 5, 1937

Clarrie Grimmett bowls

© PA Photos

Oct 27, 1936

Clarrie Grimmett bowls, October 28, 1936

Clarrie Grimmett bowls

© Associated Press


Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1931

Australian Cricket Hall of Fame 1996