Kevin McCarthy (cricketer)

Kevin Joseph McCarthy (born 11 October 1945) is a former cricketer who played first-class cricket for South Australia from 1964-65 to 1972-73.

Kevin McCarthy
Personal information
Full nameKevin Joseph McCarthy
Born (1945-10-11) 11 October 1945 (age 75)
Rose Park, Adelaide, South Australia
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1964-65 to 1972-73South Australia
Career statistics
Competition FC List A
Matches 37 5
Runs scored 630 15
Batting average 15.36 7.50
100s/50s 1/0 0/0
Top score 127 7
Balls bowled 6083 292
Wickets 95 9
Bowling average 30.26 19.88
5 wickets in innings 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 6/114 3/27
Catches/stumpings 15/– 2/–
Source: Cricinfo, 11 August 2019

Cricket careerEdit

Kevin McCarthy was a strongly-built fast-medium bowler and useful tail-end batsman. He made his first-class debut for South Australia in the 1964-65 season when he was 19, playing five matches with only moderate success. Playing for Glenelg in the Adelaide competition in 1967-68, he took 73 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 12.9, twice taking nine wickets in an innings.[1] He was awarded the medal for the outstanding player in the competition.[2]

He returned to the South Australian team in 1968-69, taking 21 wickets at an average of 28.22 and forming an effective opening attack with Eric Freeman in South Australia's Sheffield Shield-winning team.[3] Early in the season, in the match against the touring West Indians, he scored 127, having gone to the crease with the score at 7 for 166, adding a South Australian eighth-wicket partnership record of 171 in 131 minutes with Ian Chappell.[4][5] He also played a leading part in South Australia's Sheffield Shield victory in 1970-71, opening the bowling with Jeff Hammond and taking 23 wickets at 19.00.[6]

McCarthy's best first-class bowling figures were 6 for 114 in the first innings against New South Wales in 1970-71, out of a total of 7 for 441; the other wicket fell to a run out.[7] Against Victoria in 1969-70 he was South Australia's highest scorer with 39 and 24, but did not take a wicket.[8] He played a major part in South Australia's one-wicket victory over New South Wales in 1971-72, taking 2 for 44 and 3 for 42 and scoring 17 not out and 32 not out. In the second innings he and Mike Hendricks came together with the score at 9 for 214 when South Australia needed 263 to win, and they put on an unbroken 51 for the last wicket to win the match with five overs to spare.[9]

McCarthy was a stalwart for Glenelg from 1962-63 to 1976-77. The Kevin McCarthy Trophy is now awarded annually to Glenelg's leading first-grade bowler.[10] He also played 10 SANFL games for Glenelg in 1965, kicking 22 goals.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cliff Thomas, Glenelg District Cricket Club: 1907–2013, Glenelg District Cricket Club, Glenelg, 2014, p. 283.
  2. ^ "Bradman Medal". SACA. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  3. ^ T. L. Goodman, "Australian Inter-State Games", Wisden 1970, pp. 925–46.
  4. ^ Wisden 1970, p. 888.
  5. ^ "South Australia v West Indians 1968-69". Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Bowling in Sheffield Shield 1970/71". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  7. ^ "New South Wales v South Australia 1970-71". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Victoria v South Australia 1969-70". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  9. ^ Wisden 1973, pp. 927–28.
  10. ^ "Glenelg District Cricket Club Annual Report 2017/18" (PDF). Glenelg District Cricket Club. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Kevin McCarthy". Australian Football. Retrieved 11 August 2019.

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