Philip Whitcombe      

Full name Philip Arthur Whitcombe

Born April 23, 1923, Kensington, London

Died August 11, 2015, Green Cross Farm, Churt, Surrey (aged 92 years 110 days)

Major teams Free Foresters, Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex, Oxford University

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Education Winchester; Christ Church, Oxford

Relation Father - PS Whitcombe, Uncle - HM Whitcombe

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 37 56 5 956 68 18.74 0 3 23 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 37 6417 2489 112 7/51 22.22 2.32 57.2 5 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1947 - 1960

A fast bowler who swung the ball away from right-handers, Philip Whitcombe won Blues for Oxford in 1947, 1948 and 1949 but his real claim to fame came in 1948 when playing one of a handful of games for Middlesex. He opened the bowling against the Australians and in his first spell had Bill Brown lbw and then Don Bradman caught at short fine-leg for 6 - and all in front of the King and Queen. A fortnight earlier he had routed Cambridge in the Varisty match, taking 7 for 51 in their first innings as Oxford won by an innings. After leaving university he played for MCC and latterly Free Foresters, becoming their president. He was a captain in the Royal Artillary.
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Latest Photos

May 14, 1948

The Oxford University side against MCC in 1948 (Back row) Nigel Bloy, William  Davidson, Jika Travers, Christopher Winn, Basil Robinson. (Middle row) Abdul Kardar, Philip Whitcombe, Tony Pawson, Anthony Mallett, William Keighley. (Sitting) Clive van Ryneveld, Hubert Webb.

The Oxford University side against MCC in 1948

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