Alan Dowding

Cricket Player

1929 –


Who is Alan Dowding?

Alan Lorimer Dowding is a former Australian first-class cricketer who played with Oxford University, the Marylebone Cricket Club, the Commonwealth XI and Free Foresters.

Dowding gave up a promising Australian rules football career when was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and moved to England. An South Australian representative at the 1948 Perth Amateur Carnival, Dowding was also league footballer with Sturt. He studied at Balliol College while at Oxford University and had previously attended St Peter's College and Adelaide University back home.

From 1951 to 1953, Dowding was a regular fixture in the Oxford University cricket team, usually as a number five batsman but also batting in the top order. In just his third first-class appearance, Dowding scored 105 against Nottinghamshire. He made it back to back centuries when he made 103 not out in a win over Free Foresters in his very next match.

His performances in 1952 were mixed, but he did score 69 against India. In 1952 he also played two first-class matches for the Commonwealth XI and against batted well against India, with a first innings 54 and 35 in the second.

Appointed Oxford captain in 1953, Dowding led the team in 14 first-class fixtures, including a match with the touring Australian team. He came close to scoring a century against Yorkshire but was bowled by Ray Illingworth for 99.

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Apr 4, 1929
Also known as
  • Alan Lorimer Dowding
  • Australia

on July 23, 2013


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