|Full name||Alan Stanley Myles Oakman|
20 April 1930 |
Hastings, Sussex, England
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm offbreak|
|Test debut (cap 383)||12 July 1956 v Australia|
|Last Test||26 July 1956 v Australia|
|Domestic team information|
|ODIs umpired||1 (1972)|
|Source: , 5 September 2013|
Alan Oakman (born Alan Stanley Myles Oakman, 20 April 1930, Hastings, Sussex, England) is a former English first-class cricketer. He had a long career for Sussex, playing 538 first-class matches over a 21-year period, and played two Test matches for England. He also umpired one One Day International after his retirement as a player.
Life and career
A former Grenadier Guardsman, and a more than dependable county all-rounder, Oakman used his unusual height (6' 6") to gain bounce for his off-spinners, and got well forward to drive while at the batting crease. He passed a thousand runs in a season on nine occasions, took 99 wickets in 1954 and his telescopic skill as a close fielder snared him five catches in Jim Laker's famous 19 wicket haul at Old Trafford, and totalled 594 catches in his career. Although both his Test appearances in the home Ashes series of 1956 ended in victories, he was called upon for just eight overs at Old Trafford, whilst Tony Lock and Laker bowled over 130 between them. England's wealth of off-spinners including Laker, Illingworth and Titmus, meant his international career was brief.
A stalwart for Sussex for two decades from 1947 to 1968, his value to the team was belied by his comparatively modest batting average, but he still stands eleventh in the list of all time run-scorers for his county. He took five wickets in an innings 31 times, with a best of 7 for 39 against Glamorgan in 1954 (10 for 58 in the match). He scored 22 centuries, with a highest score of 229 not out against Nottinghamshire in 1961 (off 105 overs), a season in which he made his highest tally of 2307 runs.
He turned to umpiring for a brief spell after retiring, replacing Arthur Fagg for one over at the 1973 Edgbaston Test when Fagg staged a protest at the West Indies attitude in the field, but then became Warwickshire's coach between 1970 and 1987. Oakman also had a spell as a cricket administrator at Edgbaston.
He remained active on the field of play as well, playing on in club cricket until almost seventy, and inspired the founding of the Sussex Cricket Society.