Getting to know your Legends – John Gurney

John Gurney : Cricket Profile

 

School : 1951 – 1958, Liverpool, Institute, Lancashire, UK

1958 Matriculated. Emigrated to SA

 

Senior Playing Career

1958 – 59 Green Point C.C. 1st XI
1959 – 64 UCT C.C. 1st XI
1965 – 69 Pinelands C.C. 1st XI
1970 – 71 Washington D.C. C.C. USA
1971 – 79 Pinelands C.C. 1st XI

 

Brief look at cricketing career :

Mainly a top order batsman, part-time bowler and specialist fielder mainly at either slip or backward point.

 

Career Highlights :

Breaking my school’s run scoring record, Captaining UCT and Pinelands XI’s, touring Bermuda whilst in the USA, playing in 1st league and S.A.U. winning sides whilst at University, touring the UK and Rhodesia with the W.P. Willows.

 

Best moments of career :

Taking difficult catches, winning the best fielder award at the 1961 South African Universities tournament, Captaining Pinelands, a great bunch of sportsmen to enjoy playing with.

Highest Score : 117 against Cape Town

Best Bowling Performance : 5 for 17 against Stellenbosch University.

Most catches in an innings : 4

 

Favourite Cricketer :

Eddie Barlow who throughout the late sixties and seventies was inspirational on club, provincial, country and international stages. He really made things happen with bat, ball and in the field.

 

Personal Mentors :

My school coach, Ed Wass and Peter van der Merwe, skipper at UCT when I arrived there. He was subsequently Springbok captain. Peter was a superb tactician under whom UCT won the First League Championship two years in a row.

 

Pinelands 1st Team Stalwarts from Same Era as Myself :

Biggest match winner : Deon Hugo, with bat and ball
Best fast bowler : Johnny Bruce, a great competitor
Best change bowler : James Kift, accuracy personified.
Best spin bowler : Alan Powell, right arm leg spin (watch out for the googly!)
Geoff Davidson, left arm orthodox (a master of flight).
Best fielder : The gymnastic Des Newton, behind the wicket.
Best run harvester : Ian Payne
Best middle order batsmen : Stephen Lloyd
Most elegant bats : Andre Parker and Richard Norris
Most fun to have in the team : Nico Knoop

 

Frustrations or regrets :

No regrets at all, some frustrations from being injury prone.

 

Professional Career :

University staff member, consultant and entrepreneur in the field of mineral exploration.

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