Full name Basil Hyde Crews
Born March 15, 1925, Robertson, Cape Province
Died April 14, 2005, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa (aged 80 years 30 days)
Major teams Border, Eastern Province, South African Universities, Transvaal, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
|First-class span||1945/46 - 1958/59|
A middle-order batsman, Basil Crews played 16 first-class matches for five different sides in a career which spanned 13 seasons. In 1948-49 he scored 104 for South African Universities against MCC, but after a couple more indifferent seasons he disappeared from the first-class scene. He reappeared for Border in 1956-57, making a career-best 110 in his third comeback match, but he failed to make his mark after that. An accountant by profession, he spent time in Rhodesia and Europe which did not help his cricket career.
The cricket pavilion at Rondebosch school is named after Crews, who was a generous benefactor to the establishment.
CREWS, BASIL HYDE, who died on April 14, 2005, aged 80, was the only non-Test player to score a century against George Mann's 1948-49 MCC team in South Africa: 104 for South African Universities in the final match at Cape Town. Crews played 15 further first-class matches for four different provincial teams, scoring one more hundred - 110 for Border eight seasons later.
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