Full name Charles Manning Hope Clark
Born March 3, 1915, Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died May 23, 1991, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (aged 76 years 81 days)
Major teams Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education Melbourne Grammar School; Melbourne University; Oxford University
|First-class span||1939 - 1939|
A wicketkeeper/batsman, Manning Clark was one of those unfortunates whose first-class career would have amounted to much more had his time at Oxford University not almost all overlapped with World War Two. He had established himself in club cricket in Melbourne by the time he moved to England in 1938 to study. He made his mark in the 1939 Freshman's match with 44, and was included in the first few matches of the summer. However, Oxford fared badly, Clark did moderately, and the team was radically changed midway through the season and he lost his place.
He returned to Australia in 1940 to teach history and played no more serious cricket. When he died, Bob Hawke, Australia's prime minister, said Clark was " a great Australian" for his contribution to expanding the knowledge of the country's history.