Claude Henderson

South African cricketer

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Claude Henderson
Personal information
Full name
Claude William Henderson
Born (1972-06-14) 14 June 1972 (age 51)
Worcester, Cape Province, South Africa
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Slow left arm orthodox
International information
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Test debut (cap 45) 7 September 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last Test 25 October 2002 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 66) 23 September 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 7 October 2001 v Kenya
Domestic team information
Years Team
1990/91–1997/98 Boland
1998/99–2003/04 Western Province
2004–2013 Leicestershire (squad no. 15)
2006/07–2007/08 Lions
2008/09–2010/11 Cape Cobras
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 7 4 273 257
Runs scored 65 5,637 1,203
Batting average 9.28 18.91 14.85
100s/50s 0/0 0/20 0/0
Top score 30 81 45
Balls bowled 1962 217 65,089 11,384
Wickets 22 7 905 319
Bowling average 42.18 18.85 30.76 26.09
5 wickets in innings 0 0 34 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 2 0
Best bowling 4/116 4/17 7/57 6/29
Catches/stumpings 2/– 0/– 88/– 57/–
Source: Cricinfo, 16 June 2013

Claude William Henderson (born 14 June 1972) is a South African former cricketer who bowled left-arm spin and played in seven Test matches and four One Day Internationals in 2001 to 2002.

Domestic cricket[edit]

Henderson played domestically for Boland and Western Province before joining Leicestershire in 2004, Henderson became the first Kolpak registered player in the County Championship,[1] which allows certain players without a British passport, to play in England without counting as an overseas player under the restrictions on overseas players.

In June 2006, against Surrey, Henderson recorded an innings analysis of three wickets for 235 runs from 54 overs and 2 ball, the most expensive innings figures in the history of the County Championship.

Henderson was in fine form for the Lions cricket team in the 2006–07 SuperSport Series. He was the 5th leading wicket taker in the competition with 34 wickets at an average of 24[2] He has had a disappointing 2007 season with Leicestershire though.

In 2008, he joined Cape Cobras and after consistent performances, he gained a place in the Cobras squad for the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 competition in India in 2009.

2011 marked Henderson’s testimonial year at Leicestershire. Despite this, he was also Leicester’s leading wicket taker in the County Championship and was a significant contributor in the Foxes 2011 Friends Life t20 cup win, where his 4 over spell in the final against Somerset conceded just 11 runs. He was rewarded with a new contract at the end of the season.

Henderson announced that he would be retiring from first class cricket at the end of the 2013 season at the age of 41. He plans to return to South Africa, where he will become a television pundit and coach.[3] His last game turned out to be the County Championship match at the end of April 2013 against Gloucestershire, where his final victim was Benny Howell.

International cricket[edit]

Henderson had to wait until 2001 to make his international debut after Nicky Boje needed surgery. He was selected to make his test debut against neighbours Zimbabwe in Harare. Following the retirement of Boje from the South African test side, Henderson was approached to replace him for the home series against India.[4] Henderson rejected the approach because of his contract with Leicestershire, only willing to play for South Africa if he was given a contract with the South African cricket board.

Coaching career[edit]

On 5 October 2021, Henderson was announced as director of cricket at Leicestershire County Cricket Club.[5]

Career-best performances[edit]

Batting Bowling (innings)
Score Fixture Venue Season Figures Fixture Venue Season
Test 30 South Africa v Australia Adelaide 2001 4/116 South Africa v Australia Adelaide 2001
ODI 4/17 South Africa v Zimbabwe Harare 2001
FC 81 Leicestershire v Gloucestershire Leicester 2007 7/57 Boland v Eastern Province Paarl 1994
LA 45 Lions v Eagles Johannesburg 2006 6/29 Boland v Easterns Paarl 1997
T20 32 Leicestershire v Northamptonshire Northampton 2010 3/23 Cape Cobras v Dolphins Durban 2009


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  1. ^ Cricinfo – Gibson and Henderson sign for Leicestershire
  2. ^ Cricinfo – 2006–07 SuperSport Series Bowling – Most Wickets
  3. ^ Claude Henderson: Leicestershire bowler to retire
  4. ^ Cricinfo – Paul Harris added to South African Test squad
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