Hollywoodbets Brand Ambassador Profile: Mike Procter
Everything you need to know about Hollywoodbets Brand Ambassador Mike Procter.
A formidable all-rounder in his prime, Mike Procter made seven Test appearances for South Africa between 1967 and 1970; picking up 41 wickets and making 226 runs in the process. Fierce and fast with the ball and hard-hitting with the bat, Mike was a vital cog in one of the finest lineups South Africa has ever produced, which boasted the likes of Graeme Pollock, Barry Richards and Eddie Barlow in their ranks.
Australia was the only opponent the Hilton alum faced during his brief international career for the Springboks (as the national cricket side was then known), partaking in the successful home series of 1966-67 and 1969-70 before the advent of the isolation era in 1970.
If not for their exclusion from international cricket, it’s likely South Africa would have gone on to dominate the Test landscape for many years given the astonishing talent at their disposal during that period. Unfortunately for Procter and his generation, South Africa’s apartheid policies left the ICC with no choice but to impose their ban.
Aside from his beloved Natal, Procter went on to represent Gloucestershire, Western Province and Rhodesia. Among his many other achievements, he memorably took two hat-tricks in as many games for the English county side in 1979 and scored six centuries in consecutive first-class innings for Rhodesia in the early 1970s.
Mike also has the unique distinction of having taken the coaching reins of the newly dubbed “Proteas” upon their readmission to international cricket in the early 1990s.
International Career Stats
Best Figures (Innings): 6/73
High score: 48
Mike Joins the Purple Team
Mike made his debut for the Purple Team in March 2020 and had this to say:
“Hollywoodbets has done great things through its “My Community” programme and cricket sponsorships and I look forward to us working together to take these projects even further.
“I have a love for sport, and I have a love for people. The desperate reality is that in this beautiful country, the list of those needing and deserving help is endless. We can all make a difference.
“Hollywoodbets has already embraced that challenge in so many communities, and I am elated and privileged to work with them.”