Clive Halse

Clive Gray Halse (28 February 1935 in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal – 28 May 2002 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal) was a South African cricketer who played in three Tests in 1964.

Clive Gray Halse
Clive G Halse 1963.jpg
Cricket information
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut10 January 1964 v Australia
Last Test7 February 1964 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 3 35
Runs scored 30 321
Batting average - 12.83
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 19* 35*
Balls bowled 587 5595
Wickets 6 83
Bowling average 43.33 31.30
5 wickets in innings 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 3/50 5/49
Catches/stumpings 1/- 17/-
Source: Cricinfo

Halse was a right-arm fast bowler and a right-handed tail-end batsman who made his first-class debut in 1952-53 for Natal aged 17. He played only 16 matches in 10 seasons before establishing himself in 1962-63 when, with the help of a sympathetic employer who let him leave work an hour early every day to practise,[1] he took 19 wickets at 18.26, helping Natal win the Currie Cup, and earning selection for the tour of Australasia the following season.

On the tour, his modest returns in the state matches and the success of the Test opening bowlers Peter Pollock and Joe Partridge with medium-pace support from Trevor Goddard and Eddie Barlow kept him out of the Test side until the Third Test. He took two wickets in that drawn match, then three wickets in the Fourth Test in Adelaide, when he took the match-winning wicket in his best Test figures of 3 for 50 in the second innings.[2] He took one wicket in the Fifth Test, but the selectors returned to the four-man pace attack in the three subsequent Tests in New Zealand. Batting at number 11, he was not dismissed in any of his three Test innings.[3]

He took his best first-class figures of 5 for 49 for Natal against Transvaal at the start of the 1964-65 season,[4] was selected for a South African team against The Rest in a Test trial match, hit his highest first-class score of 35 not out against Rhodesia,[5] and took five wickets for a South African Invitation XI against the MCC,[6] but he was not selected for any of the five Tests against England that season, or for the tour of England in 1965, and he retired.


  1. ^ Wisden 2006, pp. 1508-9.
  2. ^ Australia v South Africa, Adelaide 1963-64
  3. ^ "South Africa in Australia and New Zealand, 1963-64", Wisden 1965, pp. 818-42.
  4. ^ Natal v Transvaal 1964-65
  5. ^ Rhodesia v Natal 1964-65
  6. ^ South African Invitation XI v MCC 1964-65

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