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CLARENCE 'CLARRIE' GRIMMETT: A BIOGRAPHY

 

Clarence “Clarrie” Victor Grimmett (December 25, 1891 – May 2, 1980) was widely considered to be one of the finest spin bowlers ever to play the game, and is credited as the pioneer of the ‘flipper’. 

Born in New Zealand, he played club cricket in Wellington and made his first-class debut for Wellington at the age of 17. 

In 1914, he moved to Australia and played club cricket in Sydney for 3 seasons. Marrying a Victorian woman, they moved to Melbourne – where Grimmett joined the Prahran Cricket Club. Awarded 1st XI cap #111, Grimmett's brief stay at Toorak Park (1920/21 – 1923/24) was extremely productive, claiming 228 wickets @ 12.93 – including 35 5-wicket hauls, and 10 wickets in a match an amazing five times.


Grimmett went on to play First Class cricket for Victoria, and in 1923 moved to 
South Australia in pursuit of a Test career for Australia. He claimed a total of 1,424 first-class wickets at 22 a piece.

Awarded Australian Test cap #121, Grimmett claimed two 5-wicket hauls on debut against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1925. He played 37 Tests for Australia and took 216 wickets at 24, and was the first bowler of any country to capture 200 Test wickets.

Grimmett was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1931 and was posthumously inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 1996 being one of the ten inaugural members. In 2009, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
 
The Grimmett Club is named in honour of Clarrie, who is one of the only Test greats to play at Prahran CC who is yet to be honoured with any formal award, coterie group, room or location.

 

 

> View Career Statistics: Clarrie Grimmett (ESPN CricInfo)

 

 

 

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