John Slack (cricketer)

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John Slack
Personal information
Full name John Kenneth Edward Slack
Born (1930-12-23)23 December 1930
Marylebone, London, England
Died 6 May 2012(2012-05-06) (aged 81)
Cuddington, Buckinghamshire, England
Nickname CJ[1]
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Domestic team information
Years Team
1964–1969 Buckinghamshire
1954 Cambridge University
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 7 1
Runs scored 434 6
Batting average 31.00 6.00
100s/50s 1/2 –/–
Top score 135 6
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 4/– 1/–
Source: Cricinfo, 7 May 2011

John Kenneth Edward Slack DL (23 December 1930 – 6 May 2012) was an English cricketer and judge. He was born at Marylebone, London.

A right-handed batsman, Slack made his first-class debut for Cambridge University against Middlesex in 1954. He played 6 further first-class matches for the University in that year, the last coming against Oxford University.[2] In his 7 first-class matches, he scored 434 runs at a batting average of 31.00, with two half centuries and a single century high score of 135.[3] This came on debut against Middlesex.[4]

Slack later joined Buckinghamshire, making his debut for the county in the 1964 Minor Counties Championship against Suffolk. Slack played Minor counties cricket for Buckinghamshire from 1964 to 1969, which included 40 Minor Counties Championship matches.[5] He made his only List A appearance for Buckinghamshire against Middlesex in the Gillette Cup.[6] In this match he scored 8 runs, before being dismissed by Fred Titmus. Slack captained the county in this match.[7]

Outside of cricket he played rugby for Middlesex.[8] By profession he was a solicitor, working for many years in London.[1] He was appointed as a circuit judge in 1974, a position held for the next 26 years, during which he presided over Aylesbury Crown Court for many years.[1][8] He was later appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire on 10 November 1995.[9]

He died at Cuddington, Buckinghamshire, on 6 May 2012, having suffered a stroke two days previously.


  1. ^ a b c Dunhill, Lawrence (16 May 2012). "Former judge and Bucks cricket star dies". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "First-Class Matches played by John Slack". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by John Slack". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cambridge University v Middlesex, 1964". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by John Slack". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "List A Matches played by John Slack". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Middlesex v Buckinghamshire, 1969 Gillette Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Mahood, John (15 May 2012). "Obituary – John Slack". Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 54209. p. 15225. 10 November 1995. Retrieved 27 May 2012.

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