Full name Douglas MacPherson Ovenstone
Born July 31, 1921, Sea Point, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died November 6, 2011, Llandudno, Cape Town (aged 90 years 98 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|First-class span||1946/47 - 1947/48|
Douglas Overstone, who was injured at El Alamein while serving with South African forces in World War 2, was picked as understudy to John Lindsay for South Africa's tour of England in 1947, but broke a finger between the third and fourth Tests and with that his chance of playing disappeared. Lindsay played in the first three Tests, and George Fullerton, who had been selected as a batsman who could 'keep in an emergency, played in the last two Test matches. These were Lindsay's only Tests while Fullerton toured England again (as a batsman) in 1951. Ovenstone played four Currie Cup matches and retired in early 1948, citing business reasons for his early retirement. A director in a family business specialising mainly in the fishing industry, he was later instrumental in opening the High Noon farm near Villiersdorp in the Western Cape, where many exotic wild animals were kept. The farm produced a number of fruits, with apples being the main fruit produced.
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