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Jack Meyer      

Full name Rollo John Oliver Meyer

Born March 15, 1905, Clophill, Bedfordshire

Died March 9, 1991, Kingsdown, Bristol (aged 85 years 359 days)

Major teams Cambridge University, Europeans (India), Mumbai, Somerset, Western India

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm slow-medium

Education Haileybury College; Cambridge University

Rollo John Oliver Meyer
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 127 210 15 4621 202* 23.69 2 24 85 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 127 21965 10328 408 9/160 25.31 2.82 53.8 25 3
Career statistics
First-class span 1924-1950
Profile

MEYER, ROLLO JOHN OLIVER (JACK), OBE, who died in hospital at Bristol on March 9, 1991, just six days before his 86th birthday, was the founder of Millfield School and for many years its headmaster. Most people who knew little or nothing about the way he ran it were aware that it produced a succession of high-class games-players, including cricketers. It was Meyer's all-round ability at games, and his firm belief in their character-forming importance, which prompted him to make the necessary arrangements to support the promising youngster during his time at Millfield. He went to Haileybury himself and won his colours at 16, emerging as a somewhat mercurial forcing batsman and a bowler who delivered just about everything under the sun at slow-medium to medium pace. He became a compulsive experimenter, ceaselessly plotting and planning; subtle variations of pace, spin and swerve based on correct line and length were his main weapons. His flair for the big occasion, already evident in 1921, enabled him to put the shackles on Cheltenham in the following year, when he took four of their top five wickets for 39 in 26 overs. As captain in 1923 he got through an immense amount of bowling, sending down 333.3 overs for 59 wickets at 16.17, and still found the energy to make 360 runs.

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