John MacLean (English cricketer)
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
|Bowling style||N/A (wicket-keeper)|
John Francis MacLean (1 March 1901 – 9 March 1986) was an English cricketer: a wicketkeeper-batsman who played county cricket for Gloucestershire and Worcestershire between the wars. He was selected for the Gentlemen against the Players in 1923, and also appeared at first-class level for MCC, HK Foster's XI and Free Foresters.
MacLean made his first-class debut for HK Foster's XI against Worcestershire at Hereford in July 1919, making 12 and 18*. He made no dismissals in the match, nor in his appearance for the same side against the Australian Imperial Forces just two days later. His third match, again for HK Foster's XI and once more against Worcestershire, produced an innings of 59 from number ten, but again no dismissals.
He did not play first-class cricket again until 1922, when he was a regular part of a very weak Worcestershire side (they finished bottom of the County Championship with only one win from 26 matches). His county debut, against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, at last gave him his maiden dismissal when he stumped opener Leonard Bates in the second innings. It was not a particularly successful season overall for McLean, however: he finished with only 459 runs from 41 innings (average 13.11, HS 46) and made 16 dismissals (6ct, 10st).
That winter McLean toured Australia and New Zealand with MCC, and though he did poorly against the Australian state sides, he performed rather better on the New Zealand section of the tour, making two half-centuries including 84 against New Zealand at Wellington. Returning to England, he enjoyed the best summer of his career with both bat and gloves. His 710 runs were easily his best, and included his only hundred: a rearguard, if ultimately unsuccessful, 121 against Nottinghamshire after Worcestershire had fallen to 56/5 in their second innings. Behind the stumps McLean managed 46 dismissals: again, easily his best season's tally.
He played only half a dozen games in 1924, without conspicuous success, and was then absent from first-class cricket until 1930, by which time he had moved to Gloucestershire. He played three times for them that year, and thrice more in 1932 (not having turned out in 1931), making his very last first-class appearance against Middlesex at Clifton College in early August 1932. Gloucestershire won this game by an innings, but McLean did not claim any victims.