Alan Payne

Cricket Player

1903 – 1977


Who was Alan Payne?

Alan Undy Payne was an English cricketer. Payne was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium pace. He was born in Witney, Oxfordshire and educated at St Edmund's School, Canterbury and Jesus College, Cambridge.

Payne made his first-class debut for Cambridge University against Leicestershire in 1925. During the course of the 1925 season, he played a further six first-class matches, the last coming against Oxford University. His awarding of a Cambridge Blue at the end of that season proved controversial and was widely criticised. His batting average that season was just 10.75, with a high score of 27*, while his bowling had yielded just one wicket. He was preferred to two batsmen on the team, one a previous blue and both established county players. His captain, Tris Bennett, explained that Payne was "the equal of any fieldsman in England" and was worth his place in the team for his fielding alone.

Payne was a Minor counties cricketer for Buckinghamshire, who he debuted for in the 1923 Minor Counties Championship against Bedfordshire. He played Minor counties cricket for Buckinghamshire from 1923 to 1929, making 37 appearances.

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Jan 28, 1903
  • England
Aug 16, 1977

on July 23, 2013


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