Robert Hector Catterall
July 10, 1900, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
January 03, 1961, Kempton Park, Transvaal, (aged 60y 177d)
Right hand Bat
Right arm Medium
Robert Hector Catterall, who died in Johannesburg on January 2, aged 60, played as a right-handed batsman in 24 Test matches for South Africa against England between 1922 and 1930. In 43 Test innings he scored 1,555 runs, including three centuries, average 37.92. He toured England as a middle-order batsman in 1924, heading the South Africa Test averages with 471 runs, average 67.28. He hit 120 against England at Edgbaston when South Africa, having been dismissed for 30 by A. E. R. Gilligan and M. W. Tate, bowling unchanged, put altogether a total of 390 in the second innings without avoiding defeat. In the Lord's Test he also scored 120 and at The Oval was dismissed for 95. Though he was never a good starter, his batting was delightfully free, being marked by beautiful driving and strong hitting to leg. Five years later he visited England again, this time as an opening batsman of much less attractive style. Again he did well in the Test matches, especially at Edgbaston where he played innings of 67 and 98 and shared in first-wicket partnerships of 119 and 171 with B. Mitchell. This crinkly-haired Rhodesian was also a fleet-footed and efficient deep fieldsman.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
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