Neethling was one of many outstanding all-rounders to come out of the ranks of the South African Cricket Board of Control (SACBOC) in the 1950s. He represented SACBOC on the pioneer tour to East Africa and played in all three unofficial tests against Kenya and East Africa in the 1958-59 season.
It was his successes on this tour that brought him to the notice of the Colne club in the Lancashire League and they employed him for two years as their overseas professional in 1962 and 1963, where he scored 700 runs and took 150 wickets. His best performance was to score an unbeaten 50 and then take 9/45 against Church. He would have had all 10 but for the fact that the opposition professional, the great West Indies fast bowler, Wes Hall, was dropped on the boundary.
He was a star performer for the SA Coloured Cricket Association (SACCA) side in the late 1950s and later for the Western Province Board team once SACBOC had unified all the different ethnic bodies into one home.
After 20 years of provincial cricket, Neethling retired at the age of 37. He continued playing cricket at club level for Elsies River Cricket Club for another nine years, and in later years he served on one of W.PC.A’s selection committees.
On behalf of the WPCA Family I extend deepest sympathy to his family, his friends and his sporting colleagues,” commented WPCA Chief Executive Nabeal Dien.