Obituary

Claude Carter

CARTER, MR. CLAUDE PAGET, who died in South Africa on November 8, aged 71, was one of the most dangerous left-arm slow bowlers on matting in the history of South African cricket. Born on April 23, 1881, he first played for Natal when 16. In all he took 155 wickets, average 16.50, a total exceeded by only four bowlers, E. P. Nupen, J. Waddington, J. H. Sinclair and J. P. McNally. He performed his best feat in 1921 when, bowling unchanged for Natal with J. L. Cox, he returned the remarkable analysis of 11--5--11--6 and so played the leading part in the dismissal of Border for 23, a total which remains the lowest recorded in the Currie Cup.

Carter represented South Africa on ten occasions, seven against England and three against Australia. He took part in the 1912 Triangular Tournament and visited England again as a member of H. W. Taylor's team, finishing top of the averages with 65 wickets, average 19.86. Following that tour he returned to England and acted as a professional in Cornwall, returning to South Africa just before the outbreak of the second World War. In Test matches he took 28 wickets at a cost of 24.78.

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