Alan Moss

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Alan Moss
Personal information
Full name Alan Edward Moss
Born (1930-11-14) 14 November 1930 (age 83)
Tottenham, London, England
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 9 382
Runs scored 61 1671
Batting average 10.16 6.99
100s/50s -/- -/-
Top score 26 40
Balls bowled 1657 63523
Wickets 21 1301
Bowling average 29.80 20.78
5 wickets in innings - 65
10 wickets in match - 13
Best bowling 4/35 8/31
Catches/stumpings 1/- 143/-
Source: [1]

Alan Edward Moss (born 14 November 1930, Tottenham, Middlesex, England)[1] is a former English cricketer, who played in nine Tests for England from 1954 to 1960.[1]

The cricket writer, Colin Bateman, opined, "Alan Moss was a thoughtful, enthusiastic swing bowler who, given the right condiitons, could run through a team".[1]

Life and career[edit]

Moss was the product of a London based newspaper's 'find-a-player' scheme. During his spell of National Service, Moss conserved his leave allowance to enable him to play as often as possible for his county side.[1]

He was a tall right-arm fast-medium bowler, who mainly opened the bowling for Middlesex in the 1950s and 1960s. Their playing strength was relatively weak over this period of time, and Moss sometimes struggled alone carrying the bowling attack. In 1954, he undertook his first overseas tour with the MCC to the West Indies, and played his first Test. Spread over a six-year period, his nine Test appearances found Moss lacking in penetration, with only his final two appearances yielding much profit. In 1960 against South Africa at Lord's, Moss took 4 for 35 in their first innings. He followed this with a return of 3 for 36 in the second innings at Trent Bridge, but that was his last Test.

In county cricket, Moss finished with 1,301 wickets at under 21 each. He took 100 wickets in a season five times.[2] His most successful season was 1960, when he took 136 wickets at 13.72, including his best innings figures of 8 for 31 to dismiss Northamptonshire for 58.[3] He played in just three county one day matches.

Following his retirement from first-class cricket in 1963, he ran a printing business.[1]

He was a loyal member of the Middlesex CCC General Committee (1976-2005 and 2008-2010) and has been an elected member of the Executive Board since 2010. He has served as Treasurer (1984–1993), Chairman (1995–1999) and President (2003–2005). He is currently a member of the ECB Disciplinary Commission and is also a Middlesex ife vice-president.

He served as the Chairman of the Middlesex Cricket Board between 1996 and 2010, which runs the recreational game in the County of Middlesex.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 124. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  2. ^ Alan Moss bowling season by season
  3. ^ Wisden 1961, pp. 510-11.

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