Who is Alan Mansell?
Starting his career when Jim Parks, Jr. was still Sussex's first choice wicket-keeper, Mansell made his first-class debut for the county against Cambridge University in 1969 at the County Ground, Hove. In 1970, he made three first-class appearances, against Gloucestershire and Middlesex in the County Championship, as well as against the touring Jamaicans. He made two further first-class appearances in the 1971 County Championship, both against Hampshire, as well as playing against Cambridge University. His second appearance against Hampshire at the United Services Recreation Ground, Portsmouth, saw him record his maiden half century, with a score of 51. He didn't feature in first-class cricket in the 1972 season, but did make his List A debut against Worcestershire in the first round of the 1972 Gillette Cup.
He featured more in the 1973 season, with Jim Parks, Jr. having left Sussex at the end of the previous season. He made eleven first-class appearances, ten of which came in that seasons County Championship, with Mansell scoring 98 runs at an average of 8.16, with a high score of 20 not out, while behind the stumps he took 17 catches and made a single stumping. In List A cricket, he made five appearances, with three coming in the Benson & Hedges Cup and two in the John Player League. Mansell made nineteen appearances in the 1974 County Championship, as well as playing a further first-class match against Oxford University. He scored 470 runs at an average of 17.40, with a high score of 72 not out, which came against Somerset at the County Ground, Hove. He took 32 catches behind the stumps, as well as making 2 stumpings. In List A cricket, he made sixteen appearances, spread across the Benson & Hedges Cup, John Player League and Gillette Cup, scoring 84 runs at an average of 8.40, with a high score of 28, while behind the stumps he took 18 catches and made 2 stumpings.
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- May 19, 1951
on July 23, 2013
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