Over-50s World Cup Ambassador - Mike Procter

Mike Procter

The Over-50s World Cup in South Africa have announced five former greats of the game who will serve as the tournament’s ambassadors.

Mike Procter, Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards, Omar Henry and Peter Kirsten will not be playing, but will be in attendance at the various functions, watching games and following the progress of all the teams closely.

His 'wrong-foot' action and aggressive batting made Procter a formidable opponent in the 1960s and '70s, albeit mostly at the first-class level.

Like many of his great contemporaries, Procter’s international career was severely limited by South Africa’s exclusion from the world stage due to the country’s Apartheid laws, but he still managed to make an important impact in the seven Tests that he did play, all against Australia. During these matches he took a staggering 41 wickets at just 15.02.

In more than 400 first-class matches he took over 1 400 wickets at the outstanding average of 19.53 and scored almost 22 000 runs at 36.01. His List-A figures are just as impressive.

Proctor spent 16 years as an overseas pro at Gloucestershire, and famously took 6/13 in the 1977 Benson & Hedges semifinal against Hampshire, including the scalps of Gordon Greenidge and Barry Richards en route to four wickets in five balls.

By Jim Morrison