Hylton Ackerman

Hylton Michael Ackerman 28 April 1947 – 2 September 2009 was a South African first-class cricketer He attended Dale College Boy's High School, where he was head boy

A hard-hitting left-hander who usually opened the batting, he made his first-class debut in 1963-64 for Border while aged 16 and still at school At 18 he was selected to play for South against North, a trial match for the following season's series against Australia, and scored 84; he twice played for a South African XI against the touring Australians in 1966-67 but was unable to break into the strong Test side Mediocre form prevented his inclusion in the Test side against Australia in 1969-70 He was selected to tour Australia in 1971-72 but the tour was cancelled owing to anti-apartheid protests He played in the replacement series, for the World XI, hitting 323 runs at 4614

He played four successful seasons for Northamptonshire from 1968 to 1971, scoring over 5000 runs, and continued playing for Western Province until 1981-82 After he retired he became a coach and a television commentator

His son, Hylton D Ackerman, played Test cricket for South Africa

He died in Cape Town, aged 62


  1. ^ Telford Vice, "The Man with a Gleam in His Eye" Cricinfo, September 4, 2009
  2. ^ "Hylton Ackerman dies aged 62" cricinfocom 2009-09-02 Retrieved 2009-09-02 

External links

  • Hylton Ackerman at ESPNcricinfo
  • "The Man with a Gleam in His Eye" by Telford Vice

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