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Robin Marlar      

Full name Robin Geoffrey Marlar

Born January 2, 1931, Eastbourne, Sussex

Current age 86 years 178 days

Major teams Cambridge University, Sussex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Robin Geoffrey Marlar
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 289 379 67 3033 64 9.72 0 136 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 289 24469 970 9/46 25.22 66 15
Career statistics
First-class span 1951 - 1968
Profile

In his playing days in the '50s Robin Marlar, MCC's president for 2005-06, was an innovative offspinner who took a total of 970 wickets. He was close to Test selection once or twice, but had to contend with the great Jim Laker, and others such as Fred Titmus and David Allen who were better batsmen. Marlar's own batting - he averaged less than 10, and was once stumped second ball for 6 after going in as a nightwatchman - counted against him. So did his outspokenness, which later served him well as an opinionated cricket correspondent of the Sunday Times. He was a Cambridge Blue from 1951 to 1953, and captained Sussex from 1955 to 1959 (a skipper "shrewd and skilful", according to Wisden). He took 9 for 46 - 15 for 119 in the match - with his high-tossed offbreaks against Lancashire at Hove in 1955, a season in which he finished with 139 victims at 21.55.
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Oct 1, 2006

Robin Marlar watches MCC take on United Beijing during the London club's first tour of China

Robin Marlar watches MCC take on United Beijing during the London club's first tour of China

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Worcs at Chester-le-Street - Jun 26-29
Match drawn
Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford - Jun 26-29
Middlesex 246 & 118/3 (45.3 ov) Essex 542/3d
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff - Jun 26-29
Derbyshire 288 & 160 Glamorgan 237 & 66/4 (37.4 ov, target 212)
Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton - Jun 26-29
Hampshire 211/9d & 50/2 (25 ov) Somerset 147
Northants v Leics at Northampton - Jun 26-29
Northants 261 & 289/7d Leics 157 & 168/2 (46.5 ov, target 394)
Notts v Kent at Nottingham - Jun 26-29
Kent 180 & 221/7 (78 ov) Notts 371
Sussex v Gloucs at Hove - Jun 26-29
Sussex 358/9d & 142/1d Gloucs 150/1d & 31/3 (14.1 ov, target 351)
Yorkshire v Surrey at Leeds - Jun 26-29
Match drawn
Eng Lions v South Africa at Worcester - Jun 29-Jul 1
South Africa 58/1 (20 ov)
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