Paul Gibb      

Full name Paul Antony Gibb

Born July 11, 1913, Acomb, York

Died December 7, 1977, Guildford, Surrey (aged 64 years 149 days)

Major teams England, Scotland, Cambridge University, Essex, Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Umpire

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 8 13 0 581 120 44.69 2 3 0 3 1
First-class 287 479 33 12520 204 28.07 19 51 425 123
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 287 269 161 5 2/40 32.20 3.59 53.8 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-28, 1938 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 29-Dec 4, 1946 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1934 - 1956

Paul Anthony Gibb, who died suddenly at Guildford on December 7 at the age of 64, was a cricketer who should be judged by the figures he achieved. It would have needed a shrewd critic to discern, when watching him play a long innings, that he was more than a determined and solid University and County batsman. Never did one catch a glimpse of that spark of genius which normally marks the Test player. The figures tell a very different story. In his first innings for Yorkshire he made 157 not out. For his four University matches he averaged 54, making a century in his last year and in the previous year being stupidly run out for 87. His average for his eight Tests was 44.69. In his first, against South Africa, he scored 93 and 106; in the final Test of that series 120. In the first Test after the War, against India, he made 60 and helped Hardstaff to add 182 badly needed runs for the fifth wicket. In his early days a tendency to overdo the hook was often fatal, but once he had conquered this it was indeed a problem to get him out. He was quite happy to rely on his immensely strong back play and to let the runs come at their own rate: his patience seemed inexhaustible. Two Gibbs on a side could have been difficult and three intolerable: one often invaluable.

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Jun 25, 1946

Wicketkeepr Paul Gibb watches the bails being dislodged after Lala Amarnath is bowled by Frank Smailes, England v India, 1st Test, 3rd day, June 25, 1946

Wicketkeepr Paul Gibb watches the bails being dislodged after Lala Amarnath is bowled by Frank Smailes

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Mar 6, 1939

Paul Gibb edges through the slips, South Africa v England, 5th Test, Durban, March 6, 1939

Paul Gibb edges through the slips

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Mar 1939

The MCC team which toured South Africa unbeaten in 1938-39: Back row - Bill  Edrich, Doug Wright, Eddie Paynter, WH Ferguson (scorer); middle row - 	Len  Wilkinson, Hedley Verity, Hugh Bartlett, Tom Goddard, Reggie Perks, Len Hutton, Paul Gibb; front - CR Ridgway (SA manager), Ken Farnes, NormanYardley, Wally Hammond (captain), Les Ames, Bryan Valentine, AJ Holmes (manager)

The MCC team which toured South Africa unbeaten in 1938-39

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