Sunday, December 6

Martin Andrew Hanley (1918-2000) Test Cap No:169

Full name Martin Andrew Hanley
Born November 10, 1918, Aliwal North, Cape Province
Died June 2, 2000, Bishopscourt, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 81 years 205 days)
Major teams South Africa, Border, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Brother - AWD Hanley, Nephew - RW Hanley

Martin Andrew Hanley died suddenly from a heart attack at his Bishopscourt, Cape Town home on June 2 at the age of 81. Although he had been suffering from loss of memory for some time, he had still been leading an active life. An offspin bowler, who at his home ground, Newlands, could often turn the ball even more sharply than the renowned Athol Rowan, he represented South Africa in a solitary Test match against George Mann's England side in the 1948-49 season.

He was one of the stars of the Western Province side in the immediate post-World War Two period. He took 11 and 12 wickets in a match in his debut season against Eastern Province and North Eastern Transvaal respectively. His finest season was 1952-53 when his 49 wickets were the main contribution to Western Province's first Currie Cup success in 21 years. His nephew, Rupert Hanley, was one of South Africa's best fast bowlers of the isolation period, appearing in two four-day matches against Lawrence Rowe's West Indies XI in 1983-84. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

Only Test South Africa v England at Cape Town, Jan 1-5, 1949
First-class span 1939-1954

Owen Edgar Wynne(1919-1975)Test Cap No:168

Full name Owen Edgar Wynne
Born June 1, 1919, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Died July 13, 1975, at sea, False Bay, Cape Province (aged 56 years 42 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat

Owen Edgar Wynne (1 June 1919 in Johannesburg, Transvaal – 13 July 1975 at sea, False Bay) was a South African cricketer who played in 6 Tests from 1948 to 1950.

Test debut South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 16-20, 1948
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Durban, Jan 20-24, 1950 
First-class span 1937-1959

Cuan Neil McCarthy (1929-2000) Test Cap No:167

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Full name Cuan Neil McCarthy
Born March 24, 1929, Pietermaritzberg, Natal
Died August 14, 2000, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 71 years 143 days)
Major teams South Africa, Cambridge University, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast

Cuan Neil McCarthy (born 24 March 1929, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa; died 14 August 2000, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa) was a South African cricketer who played in fifteen Tests from 1948 to 1951.One of five children born to Victor and Phyllis McCarthy, he grew up on "Glenaholm", a citrus and poultry farm just out of Pietermaritzburg, where his mother bred a famous line of Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. He received his secondary education at Maritzburg College.

Cuan McCarthy was included in the national side for the first time at the age of 19. A bowler of genuine pace who could command a deadly off-cutter,he opened the bowling for South Africa in his 15 Tests, spanning 1948 to 1951. He was no batsman and stands as one of the few cricketers who have taken more wickets than they scored runs: up to the end of 1951 his highest score in forty-five first-class games was only seven. On a pitch freshened by a sharp shower he produced his best bowling figures in his debut Test against the touring English team on his home turf at Kingsmead, taking six wickets for 43 runs in the second innings.In later games it was thought that he too often pitched short when he would have been deadly bowling to a much fuller length. This tendency was seen at its worst in the 1951 tour of England, especially on an extremely difficult pitch at Old Trafford.

The following year, McCarthy moved to Cambridge University and was viewed as a valuable acquisition by the cricketing press. He bowled extremely well in taking forty-four wickets for the University at an average cost of little over seventeen each,but a controversy arose when at Worcester McCarthy became the first bowler to be no-balled for throwing in English first-class cricket since 1908. He was still allowed to bowl for the rest of the match, and was thought so good that he played for the Gentlemen at Lord's and Scarborough, without meeting with pronounced success.

Although at this point McCarthy was established as a major bowling force, it turned out that he was never to be seen again in first-class cricket. After being at Cambridge in 1952, McCarthy stayed on in England[6] but was still thought a candidate for the 1952/1953 tour of Australia. However, he was not chosen and his only later cricket was in the Minor Counties Championship for Dorset, where he settled in subsequent years before returning to South Africa as a farmer.

He married Margaret Gillian Trotter (*16 August 1930 Kloof) on 30 January 1954 and they produced a family of 3 children - Philippa Jane (*1955 Epsom, England), Nicholas Hewlett (*1958 Dorset, England) and Sarah Victoria (*1964 Dorset, England). In 1972 he married Valerie Joan Parham (1936-1985) from Rhodesia and they had a son Angus Neil Cuan (*1973 Harare)

Test debut South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 16-20, 1948
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 16-18, 1951
First-class span 1947-1952

Denis Warburton Begbie (1914-2009) Test Cap No:166

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Full name Denis Warburton Begbie
Born December 12, 1914, Middelburg, Transvaal
Died March 10, 2009, Elton Hill, Johannesburg (aged 94 years 88 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak, Legbreak googly

A quick-scoring batsman and useful slow bowler, Denis Begbie had just established himself in the Transvaal side when World War Two arrived, and it undoubtedly robbed him of some of his best years. He had to wait until 1947, by which time he was 33, for international recognition when he toured England after a productive domestic season. Despite enjoying a good summer - he scored 612 runs at 30.60 - he did not win a place in the Test side. His debut finally came in 1948-49 by which time he was past his best. In five Tests - three against England that year and two more against Australia the following summer - he failed to make any impression with a highest score of 48.