Sid O’Linn, South African cricketer, Died at 89


Sidney O’Linn was born on May 5, 1927, and died on December 11, 2016.

Hw was a South African cricketer.

He played in seven Tests from 1960 to 1961.

His birth name was “Sidney O’Linsky”.

Sid was a nuggety left-hander who batted down the order, often saving the day when more illustrious names like Jackie McGlew and John Waite had been dismissed.

O’Linn 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.

He was also a talented footballer, having played for South Africa against Australia in 1947, and later playing for Charlton Athletic in the English First Division.

At the same time playing football in England, he also played cricket for Kent, where he was the deputy wicket-keeper from 1951 to 1954.

Sid O’Linn passed away at 89 years old.