Donald Carr

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Donald Carr
Personal information
Full name Donald Bryce Carr
Born (1926-12-28) 28 December 1926 (age 87)
Wiesbaden, Germany
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox bowler
Role Derbyshire captain 1955–1962
Relations John Carr
International information
National side
Test debut 2 November 1951 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
19461963 Derbyshire
1949–1951 Oxford University
1964–1968 Free Foresters
Career statistics
Competition Tests FC LA
Matches 2 446 2
Runs scored 135 10257 11
Batting average 33.75 28.61 5.50
100s/50s -/1 24/100 /
Top score 76 170 11
Balls bowled 210 20313
Wickets 2 328
Bowling average 70.00 34.74
5 wickets in innings 5
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/84 7/53
Catches/stumpings -/- 500/- -/-
Source: [1], 28 March 2010

Donald Bryce Carr (born 28 December 1926, Wiesbaden, Germany)[1] is a former English cricketer who played for Derbyshire from 1946 to 1967, for Oxford University from 1948 to 1951, and twice for England in 1951/52. He captained Derbyshire between 1955 and 1962, and scored over 10,000 runs for the county. His cricket administration roles included twelve years as assistant secretary to the MCC, taking over as secretary of the fledgling Test and County Cricket Board in 1976. In his ten years in that role, cricket writer, Colin Bateman noted that Carr "mixed diplomacy with a sense of justice as first the Packer Affair, and then the first rebel tour to South Africa, threatened to split the world game".[1]

Life and career[edit]

Carr was born the son of J L Carr, an officer of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, who was serving with the British Army of the Rhine in Germany. He went to Forres Boarding School in Swanage (the headmaster, RM Chadwick, a former opening bat for Dorset Minor Counties 1st XI, coached him) and then to Repton School, where his father had taken the post of bursar. Already an above average boy cricketer, he developed into one of the best young all-rounders under the coaching of Lionel Blaxland and Garnet Lee. In 1944 his last year at Repton, he captained The Rest against the Lord's Schools and the Public Schools' side against a Lord's XI.[2]

Carr joined the Army on 1 January 1945, and was sent to Northern Ireland, where he had little scope to play serious cricket. In the summer he went to Wrotham for a training course and was chosen, on the withdrawal of George Pope, for England in the third Victory Test match against Australia at Lord's.[1] He went to Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and gained a Commission in the Royal Berkshire Regiment in February 1946. In the 1946 season he first played for Derbyshire in the County Championship. He made his debut against Kent, when he scored a duck in his only innings in a drawn match, but took two wickets. He also played for Combined Services.[2]

Carr did not play first-class cricket in 1947, as he was serving in Burma, but left the army in April 1948 and went to Oxford University. He played in the County Championship for Derbyshire in the 1948 season and, in 1949, made the Oxford University team. He also finished off the season playing for Derbyshire in the 1949 season when he scored 1,210 runs and hit three centuries, with his career top score 170 for Oxford University against Leicestershire. In 1950, he captained Oxford, and took six for 39 against Lancashire. In his final year at Oxford his 34 and 50 helped defeat Cambridge by 21 runs in the Varsity match, and he also headed the Derbyshire Championship averages in the 1951 season.[2]

After university, Carr went to work for a Midlands brewery, but before starting he was given permission to tour as vice-captain to Nigel Howard in the MCC team in India, Pakistan and Ceylon. He played in two Test matches against India in 1951–52.[1] In the first, at Delhi, England were in a desperate situation until he and Allan Watkins stayed together for just over five hours and added 158 to save the game. He was captain in Howard's absence in the second of those Tests, which was the first time England lost to India, which left the series drawn at 1–1.[1] In his test career he played four innings in two matches at an average of 33.75, and a highest score of 76. He took two test wickets for the loss of 140 runs.[2]

Carr scored 2,292 at an average of more than 44 runs an innings in the 1959 season, and was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1960.

Carr played 745 innings on 446 first-class matches, with an average of 28.61 and a top score of 170. He took 328 first class wickets at an average of 34.74, and a best performance of 7 for 53.[3]

Carr represented Oxford University at football, and played in the FA Amateur Cup final twice for the winning Pegasus side in 1951 and 1953.

Carr later became an ICC match referee. After his retirement, he became assistant secretary of the MCC from 1963 to 1976, and then secretary to the Cricket Council and the Test and County Cricket Board – both forerunners of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) – for ten years after that. He also managed several MCC tours in the 1960s and 1970s.[1]

Carr's son John played for Middlesex.[1] The family is no relation to the former England and Nottinghamshire cricket captain, Arthur Carr.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 37. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1960 – Donald Carr
  3. ^ Donald Carr at Cricket Archive

External reference[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Guy Willatt
Derbyshire cricket captains
1955–1962
Succeeded by
Charles Lee