Colin Duff

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Colin Duff
Personal information
Full name Colin Eric Duff
Born (1876-02-28)28 February 1876
Cape Town, Cape Colony
Died 17 May 1941(1941-05-17) (aged 65)
Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium pace
Role Opening bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
1905–1910 Rhodesia
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 2
Runs scored 21
Batting average 7.00
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 11*
Balls bowled 366
Wickets 7
Bowling average 30.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 4-11
Catches/stumpings 2/0
Source: CricketArchive

Colin Eric Duff (28 February 1876 – 17 May 1941) was a Rhodesian sportsman who represented his country in cricket and rugby union.

Duff, who grew up in the Cape Colony, played his early rugby with Western Province, before transferring to Rhodesia, with the help of former England international and Rhodesian administrator William Henry Milton.[1] He competed for the Rhodesian rugby team in the Currie Cup and set a competition record four drop goals in a fixture against Border. The record wasn't beaten until 1992, when Naas Botha booted five drop goals for Northern Transvaal.[2]

His elder brother, Benjamin Duff, was a rugby union player as well and was awarded the first ever Springbok cap in 1891.[3]

Like his brother, Duff also played first-class cricket. He made his debut in the 1904/05 Currie Cup cricket season, against Transvaal. A medium pace bowler, he counted Test opener Jimmy Sinclair as one of his two first innings wickets.[4] It was until 1910 that he appeared in another first-class fixture, with Rhodesia hosting the H. D. G. Leveson Gower's XI. He took four wickets in the space of four overs in the fourth innings, conceding 11 runs, as the match ended in a draw.[5]


  1. ^ Winch, Jonty (2007). "There Were a Fine Manly Lot of Fellows" : Cricket, Rugby and Rhodesian Society during William Milton's Administration, 1896–1914. BAS Publishing. 
  2. ^ "Currie Cup Individual Records". SuperSport. 
  3. ^ "Ben Duff". SCrum. 
  4. ^ "Transvaal v Rhodesia in 1904/05". CricketArchive. 
  5. ^ "Rhodesia v HDG Leveson-Gower's XI in 1909/10". CricketArchive.