Clive van Ryneveld, the former South Africa captain who also played rugby for England, has died aged 89. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and his work as a lawyer included providing assistance to players – the most notable one being Basil D’Oliveira – with their contracts.
A legspin-bowling allrounder, van Ryneveld was part of South Africa’s famous Test win in England in 1951. It was his debut match.
In all, he played 19 Tests between 1951 and 1958 – captained South Africa in eight of them – and finished with 724 runs and 17 wickets. He had a more successful first-class career, playing 101 games, making 4803 runs and taking 206 wickets. After retiring from cricket, he became one of the founding members of the Progressive political party and also served a term in parliament, representing one of the East London constituencies..
CSA acting chief executive Thabang Moroe paid tribute to Van Ryneveld: “On behalf of the CSA Family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his many cricketing colleagues. Apart from being an outstanding all-round sportsman he did his utmost to create a level playing field for all South Africans.”