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Mick Roper      

Full name Arthur William Roper

Born February 20, 1917, Petersham, Sydney, New South Wales

Died September 4, 1972, Woy Woy, Sydney, New South Wales (aged 55 years 197 days)

Major teams New South Wales

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 11 15 0 102 28 6.80 0 0 11 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 11 503 13 2/9 38.69 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1939/40 - 1939/40

Wisden obituary
Arthur William (`Mick') Roper, who died in Sydney on September 4 at the age of 55, was a fast bowler in Lindsay Hassett's Services XI, which did much to re-establish international cricket after World War II. Mick Roper made countless friends with his blend of frankness and good humour. He played first-grade for Petersham at 17, for NSW Colts and was state fast bowler at 21. Mick became a Beaufighter pilot in 455 RAAF Squadron stationed in Scotland. He figured in a headlined incident at Lord's through a misunderstanding. Under cricket laws in 1945 a batsman could be out bowled if a ball disturbed a bail from its groove. When Roper hit G. O. Allen's wicket no bail fell and the batsman, picking the ball up, returned it. Given out on appeal, Allen walked away believing the appeal was for `handled the ball' instead of for an inspection of the stumps to see whether a bail was disturbed.
The Cricketer, February 1973