Mal Matheson      

Full name Alexander Malcolm Matheson

Born February 27, 1906, Omaha, North Auckland

Died December 31, 1985, Auckland (aged 79 years 307 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Wellington

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 2 1 0 7 7 7.00 0 0 0 2 0
First-class 69 97 19 1844 112 23.64 1 11 44 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 3 282 136 2 2/7 2/96 68.00 2.89 141.0 0 0 0
First-class 69 13887 5536 194 5/50 28.53 2.39 71.5 2 0
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v England at Auckland, Feb 21-24, 1930 scorecard
Last Test England v New Zealand at Manchester, Aug 15-18, 1931 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1926/27 - 1946/47

Wisden obituary
Mal Matheson played for New Zealand in the fourth Test at Auckland in 1929-30 and was a member of their side to England in 1931, playing his only other Test at Manchester, where play did not start until the last afternoon. That New Zealand side were fairly strong in batting, but their bowling was hopelessly weak and Matheson, though his 44 wickets cost 23.81 runs each, came third in the averages and narrowly missed being second. His best performance was in his first match, when he took four good Hampshire wickets for 49 and bowled the almost unbowlable Mead; but in a miserably wet and cold summer, and handicapped at times by a strained leg muscle, he did not live up to this promise. By the time the New Zealanders reached Canterbury in August he was reduced to the indignity, for a fast-medium bowler, of having seven men on the boundary for Woolley, who promptly cut him for 4 between slip and wicket keeper. Playing for Auckland from 1926-27 to 1939-40 and for Wellington from 1944-45 to 1946-47, he took altogether in first-class cricket 194 wickets at 28.52 and scored 1,844 runs with an average of 23.64. His highest score, and his only century, was 112 for Auckland against Canterbury in 1937-38. On the tour of England, when his usual place was last, he made 72 against Scotland at Glasgow. He had also been a first-class rugger player and in 1946 refereed the international between New Zealand and Australia at Auckland.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

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