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Robin Marlar      

Full name Robin Geoffrey Marlar

Born January 2, 1931, Eastbourne, Sussex

Current age 84 years 181 days

Major teams Cambridge University, Sussex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Robin Geoffrey Marlar
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 Ct St
First-class 289 379 67 3033 64 9.72 0 136 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 289 24469 970 9/46 25.22 66 15
Career statistics
First-class span 1951 - 1968
Profile

In his playing days in the '50s Robin Marlar, MCC's president for 2005-06, was an innovative offspinner who took a total of 970 wickets. He was close to Test selection once or twice, but had to contend with the great Jim Laker, and others such as Fred Titmus and David Allen who were better batsmen. Marlar's own batting - he averaged less than 10, and was once stumped second ball for 6 after going in as a nightwatchman - counted against him. So did his outspokenness, which later served him well as an opinionated cricket correspondent of the Sunday Times. He was a Cambridge Blue from 1951 to 1953, and captained Sussex from 1955 to 1959 (a skipper "shrewd and skilful", according to Wisden). He took 9 for 46 - 15 for 119 in the match - with his high-tossed offbreaks against Lancashire at Hove in 1955, a season in which he finished with 139 victims at 21.55.
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Oct 1, 2006

Robin Marlar watches MCC take on United Beijing during the London club's first tour of China

Robin Marlar watches MCC take on United Beijing during the London club's first tour of China

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Lancashire v Northants at Manchester - Jun 29-Jul 2
Northants 438 & 283/9d Lancashire 308 & 19/0 (6 ov, target 414)
Notts v Worcs at Nottingham - Jun 29-Jul 2
Notts 240 & 366 Worcs 283 & 13/0 (5 ov, target 324)
Varsity Match: Cambridge U v Oxford Uni at Cambridge - Jun 30-Jul 3
Oxford Uni 156 & 160/1 (37 ov) Cambridge U 346
Essex v Australians at Chelmsford - Jul 1-4
Australians 440/6 (89.4 ov)
South Group: Surrey v Gloucs at The Oval - Jul 1
Surrey won by 4 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
South Group: Middlesex v Sussex at Lord's
Jul 2, 2015 (18:15 local | 17:15 GMT | 13:15 EDT | 12:15 CDT | 10:15 PDT)
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