Lorrie Wilmot

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Lorrie Wilmot
Personal information
Full name Anthony Lorraine Wilmot
Born (1943-06-01)1 June 1943
Somerset East, Cape Province
Died 29 February 2004(2004-02-29) (aged 60)
near Grahamstown
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium pace
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1961-1980 Eastern Province
1985-1989 Boland
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 147 34
Runs scored 7687 745
Batting average 32.02 24.03
100s/50s 12/31 1/2
Top score 222* 101*
Balls bowled 1669 248
Wickets 18 5
Bowling average 45.11 47.60
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2-4 2-32
Catches/stumpings 108/- 8/-
Source: CricketArchive

Anthony Lorraine "Lorrie" Wilmot (1 June 1943 — 29 February 2004) was a South African first class cricketer from Cape Province who played from 1960/61 to 1988/89.

Career[edit]

A big hitting right-handed batsman, Wilmot is said to have once hit a six off spinner Jack Sparling that went 120 metres.[1]

His highest score of 222 not out made against Southern Rhodesia in 1965/66 was at the time the second highest score achieved by an Eastern Province batsman.[2]

Controversy[edit]

As acting captain of Eastern Province at Bulawayo during the 1972/73 Currie Cup, Wilmot was involved in a walk off. Rhodesia had been set 300 to win and in the final hour of the game they needed six more runs. A minimum of 20 overs had to be bowled in the final hour according to the rules. With Mike Procter and Paddy Clift at the crease and 3 wickets in hand, Wilmot led his team off the field while claiming falsely that the 20 overs had been bowled. Wilmot refused to re-enter the field and the umpires were forced to award the match to Rhodesia. The decision however was oddly overturned by the South African authorities and they declared the match a draw. As a result Rhodesia missed out on winning their maiden Currie Cup title.

In 2000 he was convicted of raping a 13 year old girl. After a long appeals process he was sentenced to 12 years behind bars with three of them suspended.[3]

Death[edit]

On 29 February 2004, Wilmot committed suicide by shooting himself on his farm near Grahamstown. Although it is likely that he commit suicide due to his impending imprisonment, he was also rumoured to be suffering from an incurable disease.[4]

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