George Mann      

Full name Francis George Mann

Born September 6, 1917, Byfleet, Surrey

Died August 8, 2001, Stockcross, Berkshire (aged 83 years 336 days)

Major teams England, Cambridge University, Middlesex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Education Eton College; Pembroke College, Cambridge

Relation Father - FT Mann, Brother - JP Mann

Francis George Mann
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 7 12 2 376 136* 37.60 1 0 2 3 0
First-class 166 262 17 6350 136* 25.91 7 32 72 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 7 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 166 414 389 3 2/16 129.66 5.63 138.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 16-20, 1948 scorecard
Last Test England v New Zealand at Lord's, Jun 25-28, 1949 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1937 - 1958

Francis George Mann, CBE, DSO, MC, died on August 8, 2001, aged 83. The elder son of Frank Mann, who captained England in South Africa in 1922-23, George Mann similarly led an MCC side there, in 1948-49. He continued another family achievement by captaining England in each of his seven Tests: five in South Africa and two at home against New Zealand the following summer. Three years in the Eton XI, and captain in 1936, he won Blues in 1938 and 1939 while at Pembroke College, Cambridge. His younger brother, John Pelham Mann, also captained Eton and played a handful of games for Middlesex. George himself made his first-class debut for Middlesex in 1937 and played several games for them in those pre-war seasons. However, before he could prosecute either a cricketing or a business career, war intervened. He would have an outstanding war, rising to the rank of major with the Scots Guards. His resourceful courage and cheerful leadership, particularly in the Italian campaign, won him great acclaim and much-merited decoration. In one judgment he was assessed as "the best regimental officer in the British Army".

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Jan 1, 1949

George Mann waits for Dudley Nourse to toss the coin at Newlands, South Africa v England, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 1st day, January 1, 1949

George Mann waits for Dudley Nourse to toss the coin at Newlands

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George Mann and Walter Hadlee toss, England v New Zealand, Lord's, June 1949

George Mann and Walter Hadlee toss ahead of the Lord's Test

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May 27, 1948

George Mann

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