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Full name Cecil Halliday Abercrombie
Born April 12, 1886, Mozufferpore, India
Died May 31, 1916, naval action off Jutland (HMS Defence) (aged 30 years 49 days)
Major teams Hampshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|First-class span||1910 - 1913|
Born in India on April 12, 1886, was killed aged 30 in the naval action off Jutland on May 31, 1916, while serving as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy on HMS Defence.
He played 13 games for Hampshire in 1913, scoring 126 and 39 on his debut against Oxford University at Southampton, 144 v Worcestershire at Dudley and 165 v Essex at Leyton when Hampshire followed on 317 behind and in a stand with George Brown (140*) he put on 325 for the seventh wicket. In first-class matches that year he scored 936 runs with an average of 35.92. By 1914 he was already away on service, so his fame rests on what he accomplished in a single season. In 1912 he gave an earlier indication of his ability as a free-scoring batsmen when he hit 37 and 100 for the Royal Navy v Army at Lord's.
He also played Rugby football for Scotland.
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun