Fred Gibson (cricketer)

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Fred Gibson
Personal information
Full name Alfred Leonard Gibson
Born 13 February 1912
Devon, Middlesex County,
Died 28 June 2013 (aged 101)
Manton, Rutland, England
Nickname Fred
Batting style Right-handed
Domestic team information
Years Team
1946 Leicestershire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 2
Runs scored 17
Batting average 5.66
100s/50s –/–
Top score 11
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings –/–
Source: Cricinfo, 21 January 2013

Alfred Leonard 'Fred' Gibson (13 February 1912 – 28 June 2013)[1] was a Jamaican-born English cricketer. Gibson was a right-handed batsman. On 13 February 2012, he became the 15th former first-class player to reach 100 years of age, and the 5th county cricketer to do so.[2]

Born at Devon, Jamaica, where he was taught cricket by the manager of a banana plantation and once played in a match featuring George Headley.[3] Gibson moved to England in 1944, accompanied by a friend,[3] where he joined the Royal Air Force and saw service in the later stages of World War II while stationed near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.[2][3] Following the war, Leicestershire County Cricket Club secretary Cecil Wood was given the task of building a team for the resumption of first-class cricket, with Gibson impressing Wood in friendly one-day matches against Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire in 1945. He was offered the chance to play for Leicestershire in 1946,[2] making two first-class appearances against Yorkshire in the County Championship at Headingley and Oxford University at the University Parks.[4] He scored a total of 17 runs in his two matches, at an average of 5.66, with a high score of 11.[5] He suffered arm and head injuries in a car accident midway through the 1946 season and was not reengaged by the county.[2]

He later married an English woman and worked as a technician for Rolls-Royce. Gibson is also noted as being one of the first black persons to be elected as a councillor in England when he was elected to represent Mountsorrel on the local council.[6] Gibson died at a nursing home at Manton, Rutland on 28 June 2013. At the time of his death he was the second-oldest surviving county cricketer, behind Cyril Perkins.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Obituaries – The Professional Cricketers' Association". Professional Cricketers' Association. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bolton, Paul (15 February 2012). "Century celebrations for old campaigner Gibson". The Wisden Cricketer. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Holdridge, Richard (13 February 2012). "Fred brings up his hundred!". Leicestershire County Cricket Club. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Fred Gibson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Fred Gibson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Jet. 3. Johnson Publishing Company. 21 July 1955. p. 10. 

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