Nolan Clarke

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Nolan Clarke
Cricket information
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Legbreak googly
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 5
Runs scored 50
Batting average 10.00
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 32
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 3/0
Source: Cricinfo, 15 April 2007

Nolan Ewatt Clarke (born 22 June 1948 in Saint Michael, Barbados) was a Dutch cricketer who played 5 One Day Internationals for The Netherlands in the 1996 Cricket World Cup. A big hitting right-handed batsman, he once topped the six hitting tally in the Hong Kong Sixes, a tournament that included Brian Lara.

Clarke was educated at St Michael's parish which was the same school that West Indian cricketers Vanburn Holder and David Murray went to. He represented Barbados in first class cricket from 1970 until 1978 and played 26 games for them in total. His highest first class score of 159 was made against Mike Denness's touring England side in 1973–74.

He then began coaching in the Netherlands and played for Quick Haag before moving to Sparta 1888 in Rotterdam. His score of 265* for Quick against Bloemendaal in 1990 remains the highest score ever made in Dutch domestic cricket.[1]

In 1995 he made 86 for the Netherlands in a NatWest Trophy game against Northamptonshire.

When the Netherlands qualified for the 1996 World Cup, Clarke was heavily influential in getting them there having made 121 not out against Bermuda in a crucial ICC Trophy play off match.

At the age of 47 and 240 days, Clarke played his first One Day International for the Netherlands, becoming the oldest debutant in history, beating the previous record holder Norman Gifford by almost 3 years.[2] He also holds the record for oldest player beating John Traicos by nearly 2 years.[3]

In 2005 Clarke returned to cricket at the age of 56 to play for VVV Amsterdam in the Hoofdklasse and after a gap of six years, he hit 782 runs. He also aired trenchant opinions on the state of cricket in the Netherlands.[4] As of 2008 he has retired from playing, but remains active as a coach in the Dutch youth programme.[5]


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  2. ^ ODI's – Oldest players on debut
  3. ^ ODI's – Oldest players
  4. ^ Lyall, Rod (27 February 2006). "Taking on the bowling - and the Establishment". CricketEurope. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Lyall, Rod (26 March 2008). "Sparta, VVV face a Hoofdklasse battle". CricketEurope. Retrieved 12 September 2013.