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Jimmy Allan dies

Jimmy Allan, one of the best allrounders Scotland have produced, has died at the age of 73

Cricinfo staff
18-Apr-2005
Jimmy Allan, one of the best allrounders Scotland has ever produced, has died at the age of 73.
A left-arm spinner and right-hand batsman, Allan made 60 appearances for his country between 1954 and 1972, taking 171 wickets. He made his first-class debut for Oxford University in 1953, batting at No. 11, but by the following summer he was opening for them. He won a Blue every year from 1953 to 1956 without ever finishing on the winning side. While at university he also played for Kent, and in 1954 and 1955 he passed 1000 runs, and in 1955 he came with five wickets of recording the double. He played a few more games for Kent in 1957, and in 1966 made a surprise return with Warwickshire, where he enjoyed two seasons.
"He was one of the shrewdest left-arm bowlers I have ever seen, with a superb command of flight and length," Keith Graham, a former team-mate of Allan's with Ayr, told The Scotsman. "Jimmy was a fantastic cricketer and a super guy. Off the field he was an inspiration to a generation of young cricketers at Ayr."