Clive Inman

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Clive Inman
Personal information
Full name Clive Clay Inman
Born (1936-01-29) 29 January 1936 (age 81)
Colombo, Ceylon
Batting style Left-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm off-break
Role Middle order batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1956-1966 Ceylon
1961-1971 Leicestershire
Career statistics
Competition FC List A
Matches 255 60
Runs scored 13113 1237
Batting average 34.50 21.70
100s/50s 21/79 0/7
Top score 178 68
Balls bowled 103 0
Wickets 1 -
Bowling average 89.00 -
5 wickets in innings 0 -
10 wickets in match 0 -
Best bowling 1/30 -/-
Catches/stumpings 107/0 19/0
Source: CricketArchive, August 28 1971

Clive Clay Inman (born January 29, 1936 in Colombo) is a former Ceylonese first-class cricketer. He captained St Peter's College, Colombo to its first win in the Battle of the Saints against St. Joseph's College Colombo.

Inman made his first-class debut in 1956, representing Ceylon against India at the P Saravanamuttu Stadium. Although Inman didn't make an impact with the bat, he claimed the wicket of opener Nari Contractor. He would go on to play another 254 first-class matches but it would remain his only wicket.[1]

He made sporadic appearances for Ceylon in the Gopalan Trophy during the remainder of the decade before moving to England and joining his countryman Stanley Jayasinghe at Leicestershire. His first match for the English club came against the touring Australian side in 1961 and he contributed 30 and 45 not out.[2] He had to wait until 1963 to make his Championship debut and scored his maiden first-class hundred against Cambridge in the University Match.[3]

The left-hander spent over a decade at Leicestershire, having his most prolific season in 1968 when he managed 1735 runs at 36.91. Despite the high tally of runs he only scored one century that season. His conversion rate of 50s to 100s was average throughout his career and only in his final county season did he score four hundreds in a year.[4] One of those came in his final ever first-class match, played against Northamptonshire at Grace Road.[5]

Inman also played some List A cricket with Derbyshire in 1973.[6]

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