Sid O’Linn

Country: South Africa
Born: May 05, 1927, Oudtshoorn, Cape Province
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Died: December 11, 2016, Randberg, (aged 89y 220d)

Sid O’Linn Bio

Sidney O’Linn, widely known as Sid O’Linn, was a remarkable cricket player hailing from South Africa. Born on August 8, 1928, O’Linn showcased exemplary skills as an opening batsman, a competent wicketkeeper, and a versatile fielder throughout his illustrious career. His unwavering dedication and immense talent earned him recognition both domestically and on the international stage.

O’Linn’s journey to cricket stardom began in his early years, where he honed his skills in domestic cricket for Transvaal. His exceptional performance during the 1960 season caught the attention of selectors, resulting in his inclusion in the South African squad to tour England at the age of 32. His impressive run tally of 619 runs at an average of 68.78 made him a formidable contender for a spot on the national team.

The England tour of 1960 marked O’Linn’s Test debut, where he proved himself as a valuable asset to the team. Playing in all five Tests, he exhibited his immense batting prowess in the middle order, specifically at number six. Over the course of the series, he amassed a total of 261 runs at an average of 32.62. His defining moment came during the third Test at Trent Bridge, where he showcased incredible resilience and unwavering determination, falling just two runs short of a century, making a hard-fought 98 runs that lasted almost six hours.

Following his commendable performances in England, O’Linn was selected for the first two Tests against New Zealand in 1961-62. However, after two lackluster displays, he was unfortunately dropped from the team. Despite this setback, O’Linn’s contributions to South African cricket cannot be undermined, and he left an indelible mark on the cricketing world.

O’Linn’s cricketing prowess extended beyond the borders of South Africa. From 1951 to 1954, he served as the deputy to the legendary Godfrey Evans at Kent County Cricket Club. During his tenure, he made 26 appearances for the club, showcasing his exceptional talents as a wicketkeeper. O’Linn’s versatility was further evident as he also represented Charlton Athletic, a premier football club, showcasing his extraordinary skills not just on the cricket pitch but also on the football field.

Beyond his cricketing endeavors, O’Linn made a notable contribution to South African football. In 1947, he made a single appearance in a full international match, proudly representing his nation on the football field. This further highlights his exceptional athletic abilities and his commitment to excelling at multiple sports.

Sidney O’Linn, throughout his career, demonstrated a remarkable blend of talent, perseverance, and versatility. While his career spanned a relatively short time, his impact on South African cricket was significant. He inspired countless young cricketers in his homeland and paved the way for future generations. O’Linn’s legacy serves as a testament to his unwavering dedication to the sport and his consistent pursuit of excellence.

Sid O’Linn Career Stats

Sid O’Linn Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 7 12 1 297 98 27 - - 0 2 - 1 4 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 92 156 29 4525 120* 35.62 - - 4 29 - - 97 6
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Sid O’Linn Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 7 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 92 - 256 119 2 2/14 - 59.5 2.78 128 - 0 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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