|Full name||Alexander Colin David Ingleby-Mackenzie|
15 September 1933|
Dartmouth, Devon, England
|Died||9 March 2006
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break|
|Domestic team information|
|1956–1962||Marylebone Cricket Club|
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.
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.
First-class cricket career
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. 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".
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. and he is famously quoted as saying "Women are a very fine species." 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.
- "Young Cricketer of the Year". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 August 2008.
- John Arlott, "Cricket Books, 1962", Wisden 1963, pp. 1110–11.
- MCC's vote hails end of elitism (29 September 1998)
- MCC votes to allow women members
- Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie at ESPNcricinfo
- Statistical summary from CricketArchive
- Obituary (The Daily Telegraph, 15 March 2006)
- Obituary (The Guardian, 16 March 2006)
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