Robert Clarke      

Full name Robert Wakefield Clarke

Born April 22, 1924, Finedon, Northamptonshire

Died August 3, 1981, Sherborne, Dorset (aged 57 years 103 days)

Major teams Northamptonshire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm fast

Other Coach

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 212 263 84 2745 56 15.33 0 6 150 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 212 35403 16749 484 8/26 34.60 2.83 73.1 16 1
Career statistics
First-class span 1947-1957
Profile

CLARKE, ROBERT WAKEFIELD, died suddenly at Sherborne on August 3, 1981, aged 57. A fast left-armer, he did much useful work for Northamptonshire between 1947 and 1957, without ever quite fulfilling expectations. Coming into the side just as the great Nobby Clark, also a fast left-armer, was retiring, he must have seemed the answer to prayer, and when in his third season he took 88 wickets his prospects seemed good, even though they cost 28 runs each. Three disappointing seasons followed, but in 1953 he took 97 wickets at just under 25 runs each and hopes were revived. However, that was almost the end of his success: he became more and more expensive and finally dropped out in 1957.

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