|Full name||Alan Edward Moss|
14 November 1930 |
Tottenham, London, England
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
The cricket writer, Colin Bateman, opined, "Alan Moss was a thoughtful, enthusiastic swing bowler who, given the right condiitons, could run through a team".
Life and career
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.
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. 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. He played in just three county one day matches.
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.