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Full name Alan Charles Ingram Lock
Born September 10, 1962, Marandellas (now Marondera), Mashonaland
Current age 51 years 321 days
Major teams Zimbabwe, Mashonaland, Mashonaland Country Districts
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Only Test||Zimbabwe v South Africa at Harare, Oct 13-16, 1995 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Wellington, Jan 31, 1996 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Zimbabwe at Kanpur, Mar 6, 1996 scorecard|
|List A span||1995-1998|
Charlie Lock was a right-arm pace bowler who relied primarily on seam and swing, and who will probably go down in history as a man who had one golden season in international cricket at the age of 33, and then disappeared from the scene as quickly as he had arrived. After six years playing club cricket in England (where he was based for work), he returned to Zimbabwe in 1995 and made an immediate impact with Ruzawi, and he was drafted into the Test side against South Africa after twice taking six wickets for Mashonaland Country Districts. He took five wickets in what was to prove his only Test match. He had broken his forefinger badly in the nets a week before, breaking the main tendon, but he could still use it for bowling, if not for batting. He did scored a valuable innings of eight not out in the first innings, in partnership with Heath Streak, the runs coming from two boundaries - "but those were more from fear of getting my hand hit!" However the injury put him out of cricket for three months after that, before returning and doing enough to book his passage to New Zealand and the World Cup. He did not play in the Tests but was selected for the last two one-day internationals in the series of three. In the second, at Napier, he took 5 for 5 in 11 balls to turn the match on its head and gain a 21-run victory for Zimbabwe. He played in all Zimbabwe's matches in the World Cup, but returned home injured and never regained his place in the national side.
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