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Full name Roger Charles MacDonald Kimpton
Born September 21, 1916, Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died November 30, 1999, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (aged 83 years 70 days)
Major teams Oxford University, Worcestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Relation Brother - SM Kimpton
Roger Charles MacDonald Kimpton from Melbourne, Australia, died in November at the age of 83. Going up before his 18th birthday, he won immediate attention as a cricketer in his second first-class match, taking 160 off Gloucestershire in The Parks, his first 100 in two hours and his last 50 with 11 fours in 25 minutes. He won the
Freshman's lawn tennis singles and later also gained a golf blue.
Roger was short, stocky and remarkably nimble on his feet, as Tom Goddard was reminded the following year when a hundred in each innings from Kimpton brought victory to the university. In The Parks a fortnight later when in need of a runner, he made 102 in 70 minutes, including 22 fours. ) This innings led the field all summer for the Lawrence Trophy (which was worth 100 guineas) until Leslie Ames in the last match of the season at the Folkestone Festival beat him to the fastest hundred by two minutes. Playing in 1937 for Worcestershire after the University match, over-eagerness was sometimes fatal but his rich talent was always there to see and in his return to Australia he might well have risen to the heights but for the war. As a fighter pilot in the RAAF he led his squadron in 140 sorties, winning the DFC and according to the citation 'by his aggressive and determined leadership proved an inspiration to the pilots under his command'. Business claimed him after the war and when he accepted my invitation to tour West Indies in 1956 my mostly young side under Colin Cowdrey were inclined to ask who he was. When we were in some difficulty in Barbados my 40-year-old jumped in and with straight hits over the bowler's head to the sightscreen gave them my answer. In his career he made 3,562 runs with eight hundreds at an average of 35. He took 28 expensive wickets with wrist-spin and, keeping wicket one year at Oxford, made 14 stumpings.
EW Swanton, The Cricketer
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