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Wally Chalmers      

Full name Walter Rochfort Chalmers

Born July 28, 1934, East London, Cape Province

Died July 18, 2011, Cape Town (aged 76 years 355 days)

Major teams Border, Orange Free State, Western Province

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Education Dale College, King William's Town

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 48 83 46 181 12 4.89 0 0 19 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 48 11912 4078 167 6/55 24.41 2.05 71.3 9 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1951/52 - 1963/64

Wally Chalmers was a slow left-armer whose chances of playing at a higher level were severely handicapped by his weakness in the field and almost complete ability with the bat. "He was certainly the best left-arm spinner I came across and I, and many others, considered him to be the best left arm spinner in South Africa," former team-mate Robin Thorne said. But his fielding left a lot to be desired." The bulk of Chalmers' career was with Border, although he turned out seven times for Orange Free State between 1960 and 1963 and he played one final match for Western Province in 1963-64. In 1956-57 he took 5 for 133 as the touring MCC side made 400 for 8, and a year later he returned 2 for 40 off 17 overs against the Australians.