Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie

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Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie
Personal information
Full name Alexander Colin David Ingleby-Mackenzie
Born (1933-09-15)15 September 1933
Dartmouth, Devon, England
Died 9 March 2006(2006-03-09) (aged 72)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Domestic team information
Years Team
1951–1966 Hampshire
1956–1962 Marylebone Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 343 9
Runs scored 12421 190
Batting average 24.35 27.14
100s/50s 11/55 –/1
Top score 132* 59*
Balls bowled 50
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 205/1 7/2
Source: Cricinfo, 25 August 2009

Alexander Colin David Ingleby-Mackenzie OBE (15 September 1933 – 9 March 2006) was an English cricketer: a left-handed batsman who played for Hampshire between 1951 and 1966, captaining the county from 1958 to 1965 as Hampshire's last amateur captain and leading his side to their first County Championship in the 1961 season. He was later president of the Marylebone Cricket Club from 1996 to 1998, during which time women were first permitted to join.

Early life[edit]

Ingleby-Mackenzie was born in Dartmouth, Devon. His father was a surgeon officer in the Royal Navy who ended his career as Vice-Admiral Sir Alexander Ingleby-Mackenzie.

He was educated at Ludgrove and Eton, where he became keeper of fives, squash, rackets, and the Field Game. He also played in the Wall Game.

He also played soccer, tennis, and cricket, playing three times in the annual cricket match against Harrow and for the public schools against the Combined Services. He was elected as President of Pop.

He played his first match for Hampshire in 1951, having been spotted at Eton by Desmond Eagar, although he was bowled for a duck by Alan Oakman in his debut innings.

First-class cricket career[edit]

He did National Service with the Royal Navy, during which time he played cricket for Combined Services and, on leave in the summer of 1952, for Hampshire.

He played a full season for Hampshire in 1954, then declined a place at Trinity College, Oxford to work for Slazenger, who gave him copious leave to pursue a parallel cricket career with Hampshire.

He toured the West Indies with a team led by E. W. Swanton in early 1956, and then headed the Hampshire batting averages in the 1956 County Championship season.

After sharing the county captaincy with Desmond Eagar in 1957, he became sole captain in 1958, in which year he was also named as the Cricket Writer's Club Young Cricketer of the Year.[1] His "day time" job also changed, accepting an invitation from Bryan Valentine of Kent to join the insurance brokers Holmwoods, Back and Manson.

Nevertheless, he was often absent pursuing his sport in a swashbuckling fashion. Hampshire's victory in the 1961 County Championship was, in part, due to Ingleby-Mackenzie's bold captaincy: 10 of their 19 victories that season are attributable to bold declarations on the third (and last) day, in a summer when the opposing team could not be made to follow-on. The team included West Indian opening batsman Roy Marshall, veteran swing and seam bowler Derek Shackleton, and fast bowler David White.

In his first-class career, he scored 12,421 first-class runs, including 11 hundreds, at a relatively low average of 24.35, this figure depressed at least in part because of his attacking instincts: in only one season (1956) when he played more than a handful of games did he average above 30. However, he passed 1,000 runs in a season five times.

He was an occasional right-arm off-break bowler (he never took a wicket) and an equally occasional wicket-keeper, who gained his only first-class stumping (that of Gerry Alexander) for the Duke of Norfolk's XI against Jamaica in the 1956–1957 West Indian cricket season, deputising for Leo Harrison.

He wrote his autobiography, Many a Slip, in 1962. John Arlott said the book "reflects a considerable capacity for the enjoyment of most pleasures ... [and] presents a picture of a young man engagingly carefree in a way that seems to belong to a different age from ours".[2]

After cricket[edit]

He retired from first-class cricket in 1965, and later became chairman of Holmwoods, which was bought out from Brown Shipley in 1992.

He became cricket manager for Sir Paul Getty at his ground at Wormsley. He was reputedly one of the last to see Lord Lucan. He was a member of the Clermont Club and White's Club. He was also a life member of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and he captained Sunningdale Golf Club in 2000.

Ingleby-Mackenzie served as president of Marylebone Cricket Club from 1996 to 1998. He was in the post when the new media centre at Lord's was approved and building work began. He was also president when women were first admitted to the club in 1998: he pronounced himself "absolutely delighted" at the decision.[3] and he is famously quoted as saying "Women are a very fine species."[4] He became president of Hampshire in 2002.

He was awarded the OBE in the summer of 2005, just a few months before his death at the age of 72, following surgery for a brain tumour.


  1. ^ "Young Cricketer of the Year". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  2. ^ John Arlott, "Cricket Books, 1962", Wisden 1963, pp. 1110–11.
  3. ^ MCC's vote hails end of elitism (29 September 1998)
  4. ^ MCC votes to allow women members

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Desmond Eagar
Hampshire cricket captain
Succeeded by
Roy Marshall