Alan Fairbairn      

Full name Alan Fairbairn

Born January 25, 1923, Winchmore Hill, Middlesex

Died March 7, 2005 (aged 82 years 41 days)

Major teams Middlesex

Batting style Left-hand bat

Education Haileybury College

Alan Fairbairn
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 21 34 4 776 110* 25.86 2 2 10 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 21 6 2 0 - - - 2.00 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1947 - 1951
Profile

Alan Fairbairn had an extraordinary start to his first-class career in 1947, hitting centuries in both his first two matches - a feat unmatched in English cricket - as Middlesex surged to the Championship title. An amateur left-hander from Southgate who had captained Haileybury College in 1941, Fairbairn marked his first-class debut, against Somerset at Taunton, with 108 as Middlesex - without Denis Compton, Bill Edrich and Jack Robertson, all playing in the Gentlemen v Players match - fell just 25 runs short of a stiff target of 359. Ten days later, with Compton and Edrich playing in a Test against South Africa (the chief sufferers of their record-breaking season), Fairbairn added 110 not out to set up a big win over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, stroking 17 fours in little more than two hours at the crease. A knee injury restricted him to just two more appearances that season, although he was awarded his county cap, and the demands of business kept him out of full-time county cricket afterwards. Fairbairn played only six games in 1948, all of them at Lord's, and though he reappeared in several matches in 1951 he could add only a solitary half-century to those two early hundreds. He was also a noted squash player, winning the British Amateur Championship in 1952 and 1953.
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May 27, 1952

Alan Fairbairn

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Worcs at Chester-le-Street - Jun 26-29
Durham 197 Worcs 160/4 (34.4 ov)
Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford - Jun 26-29
Middlesex 246 Essex 105/0 (34.2 ov)
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff - Jun 26-29
Derbyshire 256/8 (88.2 ov)
Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton - Jun 26-29
Hampshire 211/9d Somerset 18/0 (4.4 ov)
Northants v Leics at Northampton - Jun 26-29
Northants 261 Leics 56/4 (20 ov)
Notts v Kent at Nottingham - Jun 26-29
Kent 180 Notts 115/3 (35 ov)
Sussex v Gloucs at Hove - Jun 26-29
Sussex 358/9d Gloucs 21/0 (3.1 ov)
Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham - Jun 26-29
Lancashire 273 Warwickshire 3/1 (4.2 ov)
Yorkshire v Surrey at Leeds - Jun 26-29
Surrey 374/6 (96 ov)
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