Arthur McIntyre      

Full name Arthur John William McIntyre

Born May 14, 1918, Kennington, London

Died December 26, 2009 (aged 91 years 226 days)

Major teams England, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Arthur John William McIntyre
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 3 6 0 19 7 3.16 0 0 0 8 0
First-class 390 567 79 11145 143* 22.83 7 51 638 157
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 390 287 180 4 1/10 45.00 3.76 71.7 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v West Indies at The Oval, Aug 12-16, 1950 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at Leeds, Jul 21-26, 1955 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1938 - 1963

A Surrey man through and through - he was born within sight of The Oval - Arthur McIntyre was Surrey's wicketkeeper during perhaps their finest period when they won seven back-to-back championships in the 1950s. Originally a legbreak bowler (he was proud of his four first-class wickets) he was asked to fill in as keeper in an emergency, and showed such aptitude for the task that he soon became Surrey's first choice. McIntyre debuted for Surrey just before the Second World War, and had the misfortune to lose what might have been his best years in the early 1940s. He was 28 when the war ended, and rapidly became established as a wicketkeeper of the highest class. He was especially effective standing up to Alec Bedser, making some spectacular stumpings as well as missing little from the edge. His path to Test honours, however was blocked by Evans, and he played for England just three times. In fact for his one Test against Australia he was drafted into the side as an extra bat, Evans retaining the gloves. In a bizarre Test played on an appalling wicket, he had little chance to shine, particularly when he was called for an impossible fourth run by Evans in the second innings. If McIntyre were ever to replace Evans it would have needed to be on the strength of his batting, and he was never able to impress, failing to reach double figures in his three Tests (he was also unlucky in that England lost all three by substantial margins). He was a more than useful bat for Surrey with seven first-class centuries, and made 1000 runs in the English season three times. When he retired he had an impressive 795 victims as a keeper, and had seen Surrey go from strength to strength. He retained his association with Surrey for a further 20 years as coach, finally retiring in 1978, leaving an indelible impression on generations of young Surrey players.
David Liverman

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May 16, 1956

Arthur McIntyre in the nets at The Oval, May 16, 1956

Arthur McIntyre in the nets at The Oval

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1958