Kelly Seymour in 1963
|Full name||Michael Arthur Seymour|
5 June 1936|
Kokstad, Cape Province, South Africa
|Domestic team information|
|1960-61 to 1969-70||Western Province|
Source: Cricinfo, 23 June 2016
A lower-order right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler, Seymour made his first-class debut for Western Province against South African Universities in 1960-61. In his next match, while studying medicine, he played for South African Universities against the New Zealand touring side in Pretoria in 1961-62, taking 7 for 80 and 5 for 72, which remained his career-best innings and match figures. Seeking a replacement off-spinner for the retired Hugh Tayfield, the selectors chose him later in the same tour for a South African Colts XI against the New Zealanders and, after a reasonably successful season in 1962-63 (15 wickets at 33.66), for the tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1963-64.
He took 15 wickets at 33.06 in the matches leading up to the First Test in Brisbane, but took no wickets in the Test. In the next match against Tasmania he took 5 for 65 and 2 for 60, and kept his place for the Second Test. He took only one wicket and was left out of the Third Test but returned for the Fourth Test, replacing David Pithey, who had taken no wickets in the three Tests. He took only one wicket but South Africa won and he kept his place and took his best Test figures of 3 for 80 (off 38 eight-ball overs) in the second innings of the Fifth Test. He missed the New Zealand leg of the tour, returning home to resume his medical studies. He was unsuccessful in the first two Tests in the home series against England the following season, taking only two wickets at high cost.
He played no first-class cricket between December 1964 and November 1968, when he returned to play for Western Province in the "B" Section of the Currie Cup, taking 21 wickets at 15.95 in the season and forming a potent spin partnership with Grahame Chevalier and taking Western Province to victory in the "B" Section. He maintained his form when Western Province returned to the "A" Section in 1969-70 and, along with Chevalier, was selected for the First Test of the series against Australia. He took 1 for 28 and 1 for 40 and South Africa won easily, but he was dropped from the Test team in favour of John Traicos, and played only one further first-class match before retiring at the end of the season.
- "Kelly Seymour". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 2012-01-09.
- "South African Universities v New Zealanders 1961-62". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- Graham Short, The Trevor Goddard Story, Purfleet, Durban, 1965, p. 158.
- Wisden 1965, p. 825.