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Full name Jack Seddon Rumbold
Born March 5, 1920, Reefton, West Coast, New Zealand
Died December 9, 2001, London (aged 81 years 279 days)
Major teams Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Rumbold, Sir Jack Seddon, who died on December 9, 2001, aged 81, was one of two New Zealanders in the Oxford team that won the first post-war University Match, the other being Martin Donnelly. A solid opening bat, Rumbold made nine and ten at Lord's and played only seven games for Oxford in all, making 175 runs at 12.50 with a highest score of 25 against Middlesex on debut. The rest of his life was more eventful. In 1944, his ship, the destroyer Inglefield, was sunk by a German glider bomb off Anzio, and he was mentioned in despatches for helping fellow survivors to safety. Called to the Bar in 1948, he became crown prosecutor in Wanganui and later attorney general in Zanzibar, where he had to prepare a new constitution. Ten days after independence, a bloody coup took place; Seddon and family escaped on a yacht to the African mainland with only the clothes they stood up in. The new regime asked him back but he opted for attorney-general in Kenya. After moving to England, he became chairman and then president of the Industrial Tribunals, at which he liked to wear his MCC tie.
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