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Bertie Clarke

Carlos Bertram "Bertie" Clarke, OBE (Order of the British Empire) (7 April 1918 – 14 October 1993) was a West Indian cricketer who played in three Tests in 1939. During the war when three-day cricket was an impossibility due to the demands of labour for the military, Clarke was the leading bowler for the British Empire XI which played one-day matches across the country. He took 98 wickets for 11.48 runs apiece in 1941[1] and bettered this with 129 for 10.17 apiece in 1942.[2]

Bertie Clarke
Bertie Clarke 1947.jpg
Clarke in 1947
Personal information
Born(1918-04-07)7 April 1918
Lakes Folly, Barbados
Died14 October 1993(1993-10-14) (aged 75)
Putney, England
BattingRight-handed bat
BowlingLeg break, googly
RoleBowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 46)24 June 1939 v England
Last Test19 August 1939 v England
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1937–1939Barbados
1949–1949Northamptonshire
1959–1960Essex
Career statistics
Competition Test FC
Matches 3 97
Runs scored 3 1,292
Batting average 1.00 12.30
100s/50s 0/0 0/1
Top score 2 86
Balls bowled 456 16123
Wickets 6 333
Bowling average 43.50 26.37
5 wickets in innings 0 20
10 wickets in match 0 1
Best bowling 3/59 7/75
Catches/stumpings 0/0 42/0
Source: CricketArchive, 1 March 2016

A fine leg-spinner, he was for a time a guest of the Queen, after which, according to an admiring Leo Cooper, he returned “the same as ever and continued to weave his spells over a host of club cricketers”.[3]

After the war, Clarke played frequently though not regularly for Northamptonshire in 1946 and 1947, and much later for Essex in 1959 and 1960.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitaker, Haddon ed. (1942) Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, Seventy-Eighth Edition, p. 142
  2. ^ Whitaker, Haddon ed. (1943) Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, Seventy-Ninth Edition. p. 156
  3. ^ Cooper, Leo. "Introduction". Odd Men In. p. viii.

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