Obituary : W A Henderson

Obituary : W A Henderson

Post by Tony Hasset » Thu, 30 Mar 1995 04:00:00


           W A 'Schits' Henderson

W A ("Schits") Henderson, the North-Eastern
Transvaal fast bowler whose name is enshrined in
the hallowed pages of Wisden Cricketer's Almanack
because of a remarkable performance, has died at
the age of 77 in hospital.
Born in Scotland in November 1917 and educated at
Pretoria Boys' High School from where he
matriculated in 1935, Henderson entered the record
books in Bloemfontein when he bagged four wickets
with four balls in a Currie Cup match against Free
State in 1937/38.
He then went on to become one of only three
bowlers in a first-class match anywhere in the world
to take five wickets in six balls.
The others to perform this remarkable feat are Bill
Copson, the Derbyshire seamer (in 1937) and Pat
Pocock, the former England and Surrey off-spinner
(in 1972). Pocock played for Northerns in the 1971-72
season when they won the old B section (now the
UCB Bowl competition)
Henderson's bowling performance was at the old
railway ground as the Ramblers was being turfed at
the time.    
His bowling analysis of 9.3-7-4-7 are considered one
of the finest in the game.
He is survived by three daughters.
The funeral was held at St Columbus, Hatfield.
            - Trevor Chesterfield -

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