CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has heard with deep sadness of the sudden passing of Chris Duckworth at his home in Johannesburg on Friday, 16 May 2014, at the age of 81.
He represented the South African Cricket Association (SACA) as a lower-order batsman in the fourth and fifth Test matches against England during the 1956-57 summer when the home side fought back from a 2-0 deficit to share the series 2-2. He also toured England in 1955 and 1960 as understudy wicketkeeper to Johnny Waite and was unlucky that his career overlapped with Johnny Waite who was South Africa’s first-choice wicketkeeper throughout the period that covered his career.
Duckworth first came to light as a 21-year-old for the then Rhodesia when he and another future international batsman, Tony Pithey, opened the batting together. In all he played 77 first-class matches, including one season for Natal, and made more than 2 500 runs with three centuries. His highest first-class score of 158 was achieved against Northamptonshire during the 1955 tour of England.
“On behalf of the CSA Family I extend our heart-felt condolences to his family, friends, cricketing colleagues and all the people who were close to him and who were touched by his life,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
He is survived by his wife, Dawn, son, Anthony, daughters, Padi and Caroline, and his seven grandchildren.