Clive van Ryneveld

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Clive van Ryneveld
Personal information
Born (1928-03-19) 19 March 1928 (age 89)
Cape Town, Cape Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
Relations Jimmy Blanckenberg (uncle)
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 19 101
Runs scored 724 4803
Batting average 26.81 30.20
100s/50s 0/3 4/29
Top score 83 150
Balls bowled 1554 13329
Wickets 17 206
Bowling average 39.47 30.24
5 wickets in innings 0 9
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 4/67 8/48
Catches/stumpings 14/- 71/-
Source: Cricinfo

Clive Berrange van Ryneveld (born 19 March 1928) is a former South African cricketer who played in nineteen Tests from 1951 to 1958. He is the oldest living South African cricket captain.

Van Ryneveld was also an international rugby union player. He represented Oxford University RFC in The Varsity Match in 1947, 1948 and 1949 and won four caps as a centre for the England national rugby union team, playing in all four matches of the 1949 Five Nations Championship. He scored three tries for England; one against Ireland and two against Scotland. He never represented South Africa at rugby union.

Van Ryneveld had a brief career in South African politics. In 1957 he was elected to Parliament as a member of the United Party, then the main opposition to the governing National Party which had introduced apartheid to South Africa. Two years later, in 1959, Van Ryneveld and eleven other MPs broke from the United Party to form the Progressive Party, which adopted a much more aggressive opposition to apartheid. The party's platform was ahead of its time, and in the 1961 general election all of the Progressive MPs except one, Helen Suzman, lost their seats.

Thereafter Van Ryneveld practised law. He currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife, Verity. Their three children, Mark, Philip and Tessa live in South Africa.

He published 20th Century All-rounder: Reminiscences and Reflections of Clive van Ryneveld in 2011.[1]


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