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Alan Fairbairn      

Full name Alan Fairbairn

Born January 25, 1923, Winchmore Hill, Middlesex

Died March 7, 2005 (aged 82 years 41 days)

Major teams Middlesex

Batting style Left-hand bat

Education Haileybury College

Alan Fairbairn
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 21 34 4 776 110* 25.86 2 2 10 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 21 6 2 0 - - - 2.00 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1947-1951
Profile

Alan Fairbairn had an extraordinary start to his first-class career in 1947, hitting centuries in both his first two matches - a feat unmatched in English cricket - as Middlesex surged to the Championship title. An amateur left-hander from Southgate who had captained Haileybury College in 1941, Fairbairn marked his first-class debut, against Somerset at Taunton, with 108 as Middlesex - without Denis Compton, Bill Edrich and Jack Robertson, all playing in the Gentlemen v Players match - fell just 25 runs short of a stiff target of 359. Ten days later, with Compton and Edrich playing in a Test against South Africa (the chief sufferers of their record-breaking season), Fairbairn added 110 not out to set up a big win over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, stroking 17 fours in little more than two hours at the crease. A knee injury restricted him to just two more appearances that season, although he was awarded his county cap, and the demands of business kept him out of full-time county cricket afterwards. Fairbairn played only six games in 1948, all of them at Lord's, and though he reappeared in several matches in 1951 he could add only a solitary half-century to those two early hundreds. He was also a noted squash player, winning the British Amateur Championship in 1952 and 1953.
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Alan Fairbairn

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