Allan Donald has added the Greatest Ever Bears Seamer accolade to his Greatest Ever Bears Overseas Player after taking a majority of votes from Warwickshire's supporters.
Donald, who took 536 first-class wickets at 20.82 apiece and 245 wickets at 19.21 in limited-overs cricket for Warwickshire, beat fellow fast-bowling legend Bob Willis into second place with Willis’s new-ball partner from the 1970s David Brown coming third.
It is the third time that ‘A.D’ has come out on top in this summer’s Greatest Ever Bears… series of polls. His opening-bowling alliance with Gladstone Small was voted Greatest Ever New-ball Pair by the Bears fans.
One of the finest fast bowlers in cricket history, Donald underpinned South Africa’s bowling attack for years…but a big part of him will always be a Bear.
Distinguished South Africa cricket broadcaster Neil Manthorp said: “Of Afrikaans stock, Donald speaks English with a slight Birmingham accent – at least, to South African ears – picked up during his lengthy spell as Warwickshire’s overseas professional, a role he filled with distinction. For much of his career he was the only world-class performer in the South African team, spearing the ball in, shaping it away and always making things happen.