Gubby Allen


Gubby Allen

Infobox cricketer biography
playername = Gubby Allen


country = England
fullname = George Oswald Browning Allen
nickname = Gubby
living =
dayofbirth = 31
monthofbirth = 7
yearofbirth = 1902
placeofbirth = Bellevue Hill, New South Wales
countryofbirth = Australia
dayofdeath = 29
monthofdeath = 11
yearofdeath = 1989
placeofdeath = St John's Wood, London
countryofdeath = England
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batting = Right-hand
bowling = Right-arm fast
role = All-rounder
international =
testdebutdate = 27 June
testdebutyear = 1930
testdebutagainst = Australia
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lasttestdate = 1 April
lasttestyear = 1948
lasttestagainst = West Indies
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club1 = Middlesex
year1 = 1921–1950
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club2 = Cambridge University
year2 = 1922–1923
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year3 = 1923–1953
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column1 = Tests
matches1 = 25
runs1 = 750
bat avg1 = 24.19
100s/50s1 = 1/3
top score1 = 122
deliveries1 = 4386
wickets1 = 81
bowl avg1 = 29.37
fivefor1 = 5
tenfor1 = 1
best bowling1 = 7/80
catches/stumpings1 = 20/0
column2 = FC
matches2 = 265
runs2 = 9233
bat avg2 = 28.67
100s/50s2 = 11/47
top score2 = 180
deliveries2 = 36189
wickets2 = 788
bowl avg2 = 22.23
fivefor2 = 48
tenfor2 = 9
best bowling2 = 10/40
catches/stumpings2 = 131/0
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date = 28 March
year = 2008
source = [http://cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Players/0/559/559.html]

Sir George Oswald Browning "Gubby" Allen, CBE (31 July 1902 — 29 November 1989) was a cricketer who played for Middlesex, Cambridge University, MCC and England. Australian-born, Allen was a fast bowler and hard-hitting lower-order batsman, who captained England in 11 Test matches. He later became an influential cricket administrator.

Educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was awarded two blues, Allen played all of his cricket as an amateur. Between 1921 and 1950, he played for Middlesex and in 1930 was called to make his Test debut, in the second Test against Australia at Lord's. During the famous "Bodyline" series he strongly disagreed with the controversial tactics of Douglas Jardine, the English captain, but still took 21 wickets.

He still holds the England Test record partnership for the 8th wicket with Leslie Ames of 246 against New Zealand in 1931, and took all ten wickets in an innings for only 40 runs playing for Middlesex against Lancashire in 1929.

After retiring from the county game for Middlesex game in 1950, Allen remained an influential figure in cricket. He played until 1954 and scored an unbeaten first class century (143*) against Cambridge University for the Free Foresters in 1953 [http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/20/20573.html] . He chaired the selection panel for the England cricket team between 1955 and 1961. As a selector has been criticised for having been "...happiest in the company of clipped accents and a background that incorporated all the social graces" [http://sport.guardian.co.uk/cricket/comment/0,,2077311,00.html] . He was knighted for services to cricket in 1986. During his retirement he remained a regular fixture at Lord's Cricket Ground and around the Middlesex team. The MCC rented a house to him -- maintained by the groundstaff -- and a personal gate led from his garden into the ground, and he was granted his own key to the pavilion.

External references

* [http://www.cricinfo.com/db/PLAYERS/ENG/A/ALLEN_GOB_01000559/ Cricinfo page on Gubby Allen]
* [http://cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Players/0/559/559.html Cricket Archive]
* [http://www.atmitchell.com/journeys/social/cricket/bodyline/allen.cfm Online collection of Gubby Allen - State Library of NSW]

Persondata
NAME=Allen, Gubby
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Allen, Sir George Oswald Browning
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Cricketer
DATE OF BIRTH=31 July 1902
PLACE OF BIRTH=Bellevue Hill, Sydney, Australia
DATE OF DEATH=29 November 1989
PLACE OF DEATH=St John's Wood, London, England


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