Michael Allen (cricketer)
|Full name||Michael Henry John Allen|
7 January 1933|
|Died||6 October 1995
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
|Bowling style||Left-arm slow bowler|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||23 May 1956 Northamptonshire v Worcestershire|
|Last First-class||6 July 1966 Derbyshire v Oxford University|
|List A debut||28 April 1965 Derbyshire v Essex|
|Last List A||21 May 1966 Derbyshire v Essex|
|Source: , December 2011|
Allen was born in Bedford and attended Bedford School. He started his career at Northamptonshire, who finished in fourth position in the County Championship in his debut season, 1956. Allen debuted against Worcestershire in May and played in more than half the matches in the season. In 1957, Allen moved into a regular first-team place and finished high in the bowling averages, as Northamptonshire finished second in the County Championship table.
During the early part of 1958, Allen played for Marylebone Cricket Club, for whom he scored a duck on debut, and played one more match. He came back to Northamptonshire for the opening of the 1958 County Championship season, where, once again, the team played strongly, finishing in fourth position in the table. In 1959 with the emergence of the leg-spin bowler Peter Watts, he played less often in the first team.
The retirement of George Tribe at the end of the 1959 season and of Jack Manning in 1960 gave Allen more opportunities and he played consistently for Northamptonshire until the end of the 1963 season, interspersed with some appearances for MCC. Northamptonshire finished seventh in the 1963 County Championship table, an improvement on their second-bottom table showing the previous season.
Allen moved to Derbyshire for the opening of the 1964 season, debuting against Glamorgan in an almost playless match. Allen represented Derbyshire for two more years, before quitting first-class cricket.
Allen was a right-handed batsman and a left-arm slow bowler. He was a consistent bowler, accruing five-wicket bowling hauls in eight individual seasons, and securing ten wickets in an individual match three times. He was a lower-order batsman during his Northamptonshire career, switching to the tailend on occasion while playing for Derbyshire.
Allen died in Lancaster in 1995.
- Michael Allen at Cricket Archive