Alex Moir      

Full name Alexander McKenzie Moir

Born July 17, 1919, Dunedin, Otago

Died June 17, 2000, Dunedin, Otago (aged 80 years 336 days)

Major teams New Zealand, Otago

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 17 30 8 327 41* 14.86 0 0 2 2 0
First-class 97 150 22 2102 70 16.42 0 8 44 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 17 19 2650 1418 28 6/155 6/155 50.64 3.21 94.6 1 2 0
First-class 97 18648 9040 368 8/37 24.56 2.90 50.6 25 5
Career statistics
Test debut New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Mar 17-21, 1951 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v England at Auckland, Mar 14-18, 1959 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1949/50 - 1961/62

Alexander McKenzie Moir, who died in Dunedin on June 17 aged 80, was a legbreak bowler who played 17 Tests for his country. In his representative Otago team he had as his rival another leg-spinner, Jack Alabaster, who also represented New Zealand at various times. Moir was inspired by Bill O'Reilly at Dunedin's Carisbrook ground in 1946. He decided to take up leg-spin bowling and in his 13 seasons of first-class cricket Moir took 368 wickets at an average of 24.56 and scored over 2,000 runs. Apart from his skill as a bowler Moir will be remembered for two particular reasons. The first was when, against England in 1951, he joined the great Warwick Armstrong in the record books having bowled two consecutive overs, the last before tea and the first immediately after. The second, in the following season, caused a lot of debate. West Indian opener Allan Rae had scored 10 runs in a Test match in Auckland when he could have been run out by yards. He had slipped over but Moir refused to take off the bails, simply marching away to his bowling mark. Rae added a further 89 and shared a stand of 197 with Jeff Stollmeyer. Moir never improved on his first Test performance of 6 for 155 against England in 1951,though he also took 5 for 62 against England four years later. A striker in the Otago soccer team and a keen golf and bowls player, Moir had a delightful sense of humour.
Dick Brittenden, The Cricketer

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New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year 1951