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Hiltonians record with sadness the passing of one of our most famous sportsmen. Johnny Waite died in Johannesburg on 22 June, 2011, at the age of 81.

Widely regarded as a contender for the title of South Africa’s greatest wicketkeeper/batsman, Johnny Waite played in a (then) record 50 tests between 1951 and 1960, being involved in a record 141 dismissals behind the stumps (124 catches, 17 stumpings) and scoring 2 405 runs at an average of 30,44. These statistics do only partial justice to Johnny’s remarkable contribution to cricket which continued throughout his life.

Another remarkable point: Johnny followed Jock Cameron and Billy Wade behind the stumps for South Africa in a period spanning 33 years in which Old Hiltonians kept wicket for our national side.

For more information, refer to this article in The Telegraph.