Alan Shiell      

Full name Alan Bruce Shiell

Born April 25, 1945, St Peters, Adelaide, South Australia

Current age 74 years 228 days

Major teams South Australia

Also known as Sheff

Batting style Right-hand bat

Other Journalist

Height 6 ft 1 in

Education Gilles St Primary School, Adelaide, Campbelltown High School, Adelaide

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 23 42 4 1276 202* 33.57 2 7 15 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 23 24 0 - - - - 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1964/65 - 1966/67

Alan Shiell had played 23 first-class matches as a batsman for South Australia when he was confronted with a choice: did he continue to play cricket, or would he take up a cricket correspondent's job? Either way he would get to be involved in the game, and he chose the latter, reasoning that it would be the longer career, with an option to go on overseas tours, too. And so it proved. He started with the Adelaide Advertiser, and he is still writing nearly 40 years later, now for the Sportal website. Known as Sheff (a play on Sheffield Shield), the highlight of his playing career was a double hundred at his home ground, the Adelaide Oval, against an England touring side.
Jenny Thompson November 2007

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