Full Name

Paul Antony Gibb

Born

July 11, 1913, Acomb, York

Died

December 07, 1977, Guildford, Surrey, (aged 64y 149d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Other

Umpire

TEAMS

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.

With his wicket-keeping it was different: not even his best friends would have claimed that he was anywhere near the best of his day. Yet after playing purely as a batsman for Cambridge in his first year while S. C. Griffith, a far better performer, kept and keeping himself in his second year when Griffith was injured, in his third year he was given the preference completely and Griffith did not play at all. This aroused considerable criticism, but not as much as when in the next season, Ames being injured, Gibb was selected for the third and fourth Tests over the heads of a number of better keepers including Arthur Wood, who was almost always preferred to him by Yorkshire. In fact the third Test was completely washed out by rain and by the fourth Gibb was injured and so had to wait for the South African tour that winter before actually taking the field for England.

On that tour he was second-string to Ames, but in 1946 he kept in the first two Tests against India and the following winter in the First Test in Australia, before on each occasion making way for Evans.

To summarise his career, he was in the XI at St Edward's, Oxford, played for Cambridge from 1935 to 1938 and for Yorkshire from 1935 to 1946. After returning that winter from Australia, he was seen no more in first-class cricket until 1951 when he appeared for Essex as a professional, the first cricket blue ever to turn professional. Though now no longer a candidate for Tests, playing for Essex for six seasons he made a thousand runs in four of them, besides proving a serviceable keeper. He dropped out of the Essex side in 1956 and from 1957 to 1966 was a first-class umpire. At the time of his death he had for some years been a bus-driver in Guildford.

P. A. GIBB

CAREER FIGURES

*Signifies not out

SeasonMatchesInnsNORunsHS100s50sAverageCatchesStumpings
In England
1934120169008.0000
193515242539157*1124.50165
19361527448551*0121.08165
1937173337801131526.001710
1938243731,6582044848.762419
1946162526921041530.0897
1951294601,3301414628.914912
1952375621,5191321828.127017
1953315231,3421381627.386717
1954233929341312125.24425
1955315851,223770523.075211
1956590145430016.1143
In South Africa
1938-39121707381202343.41101
In Australia
1946-47914119937*0015.30101
In Jamaica
1935-36351126580131.5020
In India
1937-3812183349136*1023.26211
1953-54131724451541129.66119
Totals2934793312,520204195128.07420123

TEST CAREER

TestsInnsNORunsHS100s50sAverageCatchesStumpings
v South Africa 1938-395804731202259.1200
v India 194623084600128.0021
v Australia 1946-4712024130012.0010
Totals81305811202344.6931

CENTURIES (19)

*Signifies not out

157*For Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Sheffield, 1935.
113for Cambridge University v Hampshire at Basingstoke, 1937.
136*for Lord Tennyson's Team v WISCA and Gujarat at Ahmedabad, 1937-38.
204for Cambridge University v Free Foresters at Cambridge, 1938.
141for Cambridge University v Northamptonshire at Cambridge, 1938.
133for Cambridge University v Glamorgan at Swansea, 1938.
122for Cambridge University v Oxford University at Lord's, 1938.
120for England v South Africa at Durban, 1938-39.
106for England v South Africa at Johannesburg, 1938-39.
104for Yorkshire v Warwickshire at Edgbaston, 1946.
141for Essex v Kent at Blackheath, 1951.
118for Essex v Nottinghamshire at Clacton, 1951.
138for Essex v Northamptonshire at Northampton, 1951.
107for Essex v Yorkshire at Brentwood, 1951.
132for Essex v Northamptonshire at Northampton, 1952.
138for Essex v Middlesex at Westcliff, 1953.
154for Commonwealth Team in India v Assam Governor's XI at Jorhat, 1953-54.
131for Essex v Worcestershire at Brentwood, 1954.
106for Essex v Canadians at Clacton, 1954.

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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test813058112044.6923031
FC287479331252020428.071951425123
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test8------------
FC28726916152/4032.203.5953.8000
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatUmpire
FC99
List A77
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Photos


Wicketkeepr Paul Gibb watches the bails being dislodged after Lala Amarnath is bowled by Frank Smailes
Paul Gibb edges through the slips
The MCC team which toured South Africa unbeaten in 1938-39
Paul Gibb batting