Wednesday, December 14

Sidney O'Linn(1927-2016) Test Cap No:201

Full name Sidney O'Linn
Born May 5, 1927, Oudtshoorn, Cape Province
Died December 11, 2016, Cape Town (aged 89 years 220 days)
Major teams South Africa, Kent, Transvaal, Western Province
Batting style Left-hand bat
Fielding position Wicket keeper

Sidney O'Linn (5 May 1927 – 11 December 2016) was a South African cricketer who played in seven Tests from 1960 to 1961.Sid O'Linn was an obdurate opening batsman, a capable stand-in wicketkeeper, and a good fielder in any position. He was picked to tour England in 1960 aged 32 after a good domestic season in which he had scored 619 runs at 68.78 for Transvaal. He played in all five Tests, batting at No. 6, making 261 runs at 32.62 with a best of 98 (made in almost six hours) in the third Test at Trent Bridge. He kept his place for the first two Tests against New Zealand in 1961-62 but was dropped after two poor performances. Between 1951 and 1954 he was deputy to Godfrey Evans at Kent, making 26 appearances for them. He also played top-flight football for Charlton Athletic, one of several South Africans who represented for the club in that period. He made one full international appearance at football for South Africa in 1947. His birth was registered as "Sidney O'Linsky".He was a left-hander who batted down the order. He was a member of the South African tour of England in 1960,the first to be confronted by anti-apartheid demonstrations, and scored 98 (his highest in Tests) in six hours at Trent Bridge before being caught in the slips by Colin Cowdrey.O'Linn was also a footballer, having played for South Africa against Australia in1947,and later playing for Charlton Athletic in the English First Division.While playing football in England, he also played cricket for Kent, where he was the deputy wicket-keeper from 1951 to 1954.He died in Cape Town on 11 December 2016.

Test debut England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jun 9-14, 1960
Last Test South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg, Dec 26-29, 1961
First-class span 1945/46 - 1965/66