Alistair Blair

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Alistair Blair
Personal information
Full name Alistair Edmunds Blair MBE
Born (1904-11-16)16 November 1904
British Ceylon
Died 20 November 1984(1984-11-20) (aged 80)
Lympstone, Devon, England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1926/27 Ceylon
1926/27 Europeans (Ceylon)
1922 Devon
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 3
Runs scored 190
Batting average 47.50
100s/50s –/2
Top score 95*
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 1/–
Source: Cricinfo, 16 February 2011

Alistair Edmunds Blair MBE (November 16, 1904 – November 20, 1984) was an English cricketer of Ceylonese descent. He was born in British Ceylon and was educated at Radley College in England.

Blair played his only Minor Counties Championship match for Devon against Dorset in 1922.[1] Later, in January 1927 he made his first-class debut for the Europeans (Ceylon) against the touring Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The following month he played his only first-class match for the Up-Country XI against the same opposition and days later he represented Ceylon against the MCC once more.[2] In his 3 first-class matches, Blair scored 190 runs at a batting average of 47.50, with a single half century high score of 95*.

Blair later served in World War II where he held the rank of Lieutenant in the Black Watch. In 1943, he earnt a non-combatant gallantry award and was awarded with an MBE. The award was announced in the London Gazette on 9 July 1943.[3] He died in Lympstone, Devon on 20 November 1984.


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