South African international Dave Callaghan played just one game for Nottinghamshire – against the West Indies touring side at Trent Bridge in 1988, in which he batted once and scored 29 runs. His only other First-Class game for an English team was a guest appearance for the MCC in 2000, when he made 54.

Callaghan, born in Queenstown, Cape Province on 1 February 1965 played in 29 ODIs for South Africa over a span of eight years without ever commanding a regular spot.  His place in the record books comes courtesy of his only ODI score over 50; in the 1994 Mandela Trophy limited-overs tournament he scored 169no off 143 balls, including four sixes. This remains the highest score in ODIs by a batsman with only one 50-plus knock in their career. He also took his career best figures of 3 for 32 and was the obvious choice for man of the match. Callaghan's innings was his first after recovering from testicular cancer.

In his First-Class career, Callaghan made 7,730 runs at 36.11 with a top score of 171, 18 centuries and 37 fifties; his bowling figures show 126 wickets at 29.07 with ten wickets in a match once.

He was selected for the South Africa squad for the Over-50s World Cup that his country was due to host in 2020 but the competition was lost – as was so much cricket that year – to the Corona Virus pandemic.


May 2020