Derek Crookes      

Full name Derek Norman Crookes

Born March 5, 1969, Mariannhill, Natal

Current age 45 years 131 days

Major teams South Africa, Easterns, Gauteng, Natal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Relation Father - NS Crookes

Derek Norman Crookes
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
ODIs 32 23 3 296 54 14.80 412 71.84 0 1 20 5 20 0
First-class 113 173 17 5690 155* 36.47 10 34 120 0
List A 176 148 20 2846 114 22.23 1 11 63 0
Twenty20 3 3 0 20 15 6.66 23 86.95 0 0 1 0 1 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
ODIs 32 30 1221 1011 25 3/30 3/30 40.44 4.96 48.8 0 0 0
First-class 113 16519 7737 218 7/114 35.49 2.81 75.7 8 0
List A 176 6970 5086 200 5/37 5/37 25.43 4.37 34.8 9 1 0
Twenty20 3 3 66 108 0 - - - 9.81 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
ODI debut Pakistan v South Africa at Karachi, Oct 16, 1994 scorecard
Last ODI Pakistan v South Africa at Sharjah, Mar 31, 2000 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1989/90
Last First-class Warriors v Lions at Port Elizabeth, Jan 20-23, 2005 scorecard
List A debut 1990/91
Last List A Eagles v Lions at Bloemfontein, Feb 16, 2005 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Titans v Lions at Centurion, Apr 8, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Western Province Boland v Lions at Cape Town, Apr 21, 2004 scorecard
Profile

Derek Crookes was one of a number of spinners South Africa tried during the 1990s as they attempted to fill the one major hole in their team. He was a quickish offspinner who was well-suited to the one-day game with his sparky batting and lively fielding providing a useful all-round package. His international chance arrived during a one-day tournament in Pakistan during 1994-95, but he failed to take a wicket in his first five matches. He finally broke his wicket-taking duck in Kenya and chipped in with useful scalps without ever threatening to run through a team - a common story among South Africa spinners - and was never offered a chance in the Test side. His penultimate overseas tour was the infamous trip to India in 1999-00 where the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal hit the news. During the King Commission hearing it emerged that Cronje had agreed with bookmakers that Crookes would open the bowling. He did so in Nagpur, in the fifth one-day international, and conceded 69 runs off 10 overs, later admitting his astonishment at being asked. Crookes retired from first-class cricket in 2005-06 but his name came up again after Herschelle Gibbs was interviewed by Indian police before the 2006 Champions Trophy.
Andrew McGlashan October 2006

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Sep 5, 2004

Derek Crookes bowls

Derek Crookes bowls

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Feb 8, 2001

Derek Crookes, South African cricketer

Derek Crookes

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Jun 9, 2000

South African cricket team member Derek Crooks looks up 08 June 2000 in Cape Town during the second day of the King Commission, which is investigating irregularities in South African cricket, in particular accusations of match fixing and accepting bribes against former team mate and South African cricket captain, Hansie Cronje. Cronje is one of 49 witnesses that will be called to testify before the commission.

Derek Crooks at the venue on the second day of King Commission trials

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