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Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie
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Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie

England
Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie

Full Name

Alexander Colin David Ingleby-Mackenzie

Born

September 15, 1933, Dartmouth, Devon

Died

March 09, 2006 (aged 72y 175d)

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

TEAMS

It is often said that no one is irreplaceable. In the small but widespread world of cricket Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie may be the exception that proves the rule. Over Lord's, which he loved, and St John's Wood, where he lived, the air of gloom will be slow to lift. Life there has been noticeably sadder since he was struck with a malignant brain tumour before Christmas. He was the most engaging personality, blessed by the sunniest of dispositions and possessed of the energy, enthusiasm and commitment to become a man of real achievement. He loved life and lived it to the full. So the rest of his world repaid him with affection and respect. His laughter and his quips echo still.

Left-handed, he loomed into my awareness at Lord's by smashing a respectably good ball through the covers for the boundary which won the Eton v Harrow match of 1949. He was all of 15 years and 10 months. That stroke, accomplished with a full swing of both arms and bat, became his trademark. Of course he gave the bowler a chance, but, if he reached double figures, leather-chasing was likely to follow.

Wisely and devotedly encouraged by Desmond Eagar, father of Patrick, the great photographer, the Hampshire team recognised their captaincy succession had been splendidly solved. Here was a valuable batsman capable of winning one or two matches a year by brilliantly fastscoring in the declaration matches, which were then common. His popularity around the circuit was an immense help to their cause. In 1961 Ingleby- Mackenzie led Hampshire, a county hitherto regarded as `unfashionable', to their first Championship.

As their skipper was the first to recognise, they were a great bunch, a mixture of the jovial and hard-bitten, the understated and sardonic. At the top of the order was Roy Marshall, the prolific Barbadian, with Jimmy Gray, athletic, stylish and a cricket brain, followed by the Southampton footballer Henry Horton, squatting over his splice, Leo Harrison, the pre-war sage and latter-day wicketkeeper who taught John Arlott much of what he learned about playing the game, a wise counsellor for his fast-scoring skipper. Together they mastered the art of the sporting declaration.

To bowl Hampshire had Derek Shackleton, a beautiful, economical, postage-stamp accurate seamer, Butch White, an energy-exploding fast bowler who could hit you and hurt, and Vic Cannings, later to be coach at Ingleby's old school but then renowned not only for his awayswingers but as the supplier of toiletry items to the fraternity. Ingleby, asked what his secret was, said: "Wine, women and song." Surely there are some training rules? "Yes, everyone must be in bed by breakfast."

Later, when his nights were more likely spent at Annabel's in Berkeley Square than in the hostelries of Hampshire, he became a treasured member of touring sides all over the world. He was not unknown among the horseracing fraternity and those amiable punters Denis Compton and Keith Miller were friends for life.

When it was time to work seriously for a living, Ingleby became identified with school-fees insurance after being introduced to it by Bryan Valentine, once captain of Kent. He rose to be a pillar of Brown Shipley, the merchant banking group. From there he became chairman of the Country Gentlemen's Association, an interesting conglomerate for which he was ideally suited.

As president of MCC from 1996-98 he gained universal respect for his decision, after the first vote on the admission of women had failed on a technicality, to go straight back to the membership for a second, which passed. Latterly he was committed to the high-class country house cricket at Sir Paul Getty's wonderful ground, a most welcome presence both before and after the founder's death. In 2000 he was captain of Sunningdale Golf Club, succeeded by Ted Dexter, and in 2002 became president of Hampshire. He was on hand to join in the celebrations for their C&G win at Lord's last September.
Robin Marlar, The Wisden Cricketer

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50sCtSt
FC3435746412421132*24.35112051
List A98119059*27.140172
Bowling
FormatMatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC343350----000
List A9000-----000

Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1951 - 1965
List A Matches
Span
1963 - 1966

Photos


Hampshire Players reunion 2002
Hampshire Players reunion 2002
Colin Ingleby-MacKenzie
Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie leads Hampshire celebrations after they secured their first Championship title
Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie leads Hampshire onto the field in their Championship-winning season
Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie in full flow