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Henry van der Spuy      

Full name Tobias Mostert Henry van der Spuy

Born May 28, 1915, Mowbray, Cape Town, Cape Province

Died June 17, 2006, Cape Town, South Africa (aged 91 years 20 days)

Major teams Griqualand West, Orange Free State, Western Province

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm bowler

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 32 56 10 1411 121* 30.67 3 3 18 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 32 2204 1228 46 6/95 26.69 3.34 47.9 2 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1933/34 - 1950/51

Henry van der Spuy's career extended over almost two decades either side of the Second World War but during that time he played only 32 first-class matches, primarily for Western Province in between spells with Griqualand West and Orange Free State. A middle-order batsman and offspinner, his best period came in his first two seasons with Western Province when he scored all three of his hundreds and took the bulk of his wickets. In 1936-37, only two bowlers took more than his 24 wickets, and he chipped in with a career-best 121* against Transvaal. The war robbed him of his best years, and after a season with Western Province in 1946-47 he dropped out of the game before returning - with little success - for Orange Free State in 1950-51.
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