Full name Mark Tindall
Born March 31, 1914, Marylebone, London
Died July 10, 1994, Eastbourne, Sussex (aged 80 years 101 days)
Major teams Cambridge University, Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Education Harrow School; Cambridge University
|First-class span||1933 - 1938|
Mark Tindall MBE was elegant both as a cricketer and as a man. He was regarded as a tremendous teenage prospect and scored 1,000 runs over his last two years at Harrow, including an unbeaten 202 against MCC. Making his debut for Middlesex as a 19-year-old only weeks after leaving school, he hit 85 against a Nottinghamshire attack led by Bill Voce. He made a century in his Freshmen's Match at Cambridge, won a Blue in hist first year, passed 1,000 runs in all first-class cricket in 1936 and was captain in 1937. However, little went right for Cambridge that year and his own form declined. He played no first-class cricket after 1938 but became master-in-charge of cricket at Harrow from 1946 to 1959. He was a good enough player to lead the Harrow Wanderers in the Cricketer Cup when he was 55. But he affected a languid indifference in all circumstances. During a game for the St Edward's Martyrs at Oxford - he had taught at the school before the war - he was seen to produce a newly pressed silk handkerchief to sit on at the fall of a wicket. He was fielding at cover and his immaculate creams, just right for a Victorian picnic, had to be protected at all costs. He was once heard to ask with his usual world-weary air: "Do I have to do all the bloody batting, all the bloody bowling and all the bloody pouching in this team?" The weariness disguised the fact that he actually cared. He was awarded the MBE for war services in Italy.
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