Paul Gibb

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Paul Gibb
Personal information
Full namePaul Antony Gibb
Born(1913-07-11)11 July 1913
Acomb, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died7 December 1977(1977-12-07) (aged 64)
Guildford, Surrey, England
International information
National side
Test debut24 December 1938 v  South Africa
Last Test29 November 1946 v  Australia
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Runs scored58112,520
Batting average 44.6928.07
Top score120204
Balls bowled269
Wickets 5
Bowling average 32.20
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match0
Best bowling2/40
Catches/stumpings 3/1425/123
Source: Cricinfo, 28 October 2018

Paul Antony Gibb (11 July 1913 – 7 December 1977) was an English cricketer, who played in eight Tests for England from 1938 to 1946. [1] He played first-class cricket for Cambridge University, Yorkshire and Essex, as a right-handed opening or middle order batsman and also kept wicket in many matches.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

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England cricket team Sports team

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Life and career

Gibb was educated at St Edward's School, Oxford, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He played first-class cricket for Cambridge University from 1935 to 1938. He was initially chosen as a batsman in his first year, 1935, and also started playing for Yorkshire. He scored 157 not out, his first first-class century and ultimately his second highest score in first-class cricket, in his first innings for Yorkshire in 1935, and toured in Jamaica in 1935–36 as captain of the Yorkshire team. [2]

St Edwards School, Oxford school

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Emmanuel College, Cambridge college of the University of Cambridge

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Jamaica Country in the Caribbean

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Gibb kept wicket occasionally in his second year at Cambridge, 1936, deputising when Billy Griffith was unavailable (Griffith himself later kept wicket for England in two of his three Tests in 1948 and 1949). Gibb was controversially selected as Cambridge wicket-keeper in his third year at Cambridge, 1937, ahead of Griffith, and toured in India in 1937–38, scoring his third first-class century (138 not out) for Lord Tennyson's Team at Ahmedabad. He achieved his only double century in first-class cricket when he reached 204 for Cambridge University against Free Foresters in 1938, his first of four first-class centuries that year.

Stewart Cathie Griffith, known as Billy Griffith, was an English cricketer and cricket administrator. He played in three Test matches for England in 1948 and 1949.

Wicket-keeper fielding position in cricket

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In July 1938, the England wicket-keeper, Les Ames was injured, and Gibb was chosen to keep wicket for England in the third Ashes match against Australia at Old Trafford, ahead of candidates including Yorkshire's usual and well-regarded wicket-keeper, Arthur Wood. The Third Test was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain. Fred Price kept wicket in the Fourth Test at Headingley later in July, when Gibb was himself injured (this was to be Price's only Test match). Gibb remained out of the England team when Wood made his Test debut in the Fifth Test (and Wood completed his four-match Test career playing in the three Tests against West Indies at home in 1939). Nevertheless, Gibb was chosen to tour South Africa in 1938–39 as Ames' deputy, although he played in all five Tests as a batsman, opening the batting in all five matches with Len Hutton. Gibb made his Test debut against South Africa in the First Test, at Johannesburg on 24 December 1938, scoring 93 and 106 [3] He scored a second Test century in the Fifth Test, at Durban, in England's second innings in the timeless Test that was abandoned as a draw after 10 days of play.

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During World War II Gibb was a Royal Air Force pilot on Catalina and Sunderland flying boats. [4] He did not play again for England until the first series of England matches after the end of the war in 1946, at home against India. Gibb was selected as wicket-keeper in the first two Tests, but was replaced in the Third Test at The Oval by Godfrey Evans, making his Test debut. Gibb scored his second first-class century for Yorkshire in 1946, against Warwickshire. That winter, he kept wicket for England in the First Test at Brisbane on the MCC tour of Australia in 1946–47, but he was replaced again by Evans for the Second Test at Sydney. Thereafter, Evans remained a fixture in the side until 1959, and Gibb did not play for England again. In his eight Tests, he had scored three fifties and two centuries.

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The Oval cricket ground in Kennington, South London

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Gibb did not play first-class cricket for four seasons, from 1947 to 1950, but joined Essex in 1951, becoming the first cricket blue to turn professional. This caused Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) to suspend his membership. [3] However, he scored four first-class centuries in his first season for Essex. He remained with Essex for six years, to 1956, making 1,000 runs four times. He toured in India with a Commonwealth team in 1953–54, scoring a century (154) at Jorhat.

Essex County Cricket Club english Cricket Club

Essex County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Essex. Founded in 1876, the club had minor county status until 1894 when it was promoted to first-class status pending its entry into the County Championship in 1895, since when the team has played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England. Essex play most of their home games at the County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford and some at Lower Castle Park in Colchester. The club has formerly used other venues throughout the county including Valentines Park in Ilford, Leyton Cricket Ground, the Gidea Park Sports Ground in Romford, and Garon Park and Southchurch Park, both in Southend. Its limited overs team is called the Essex Eagles, whose team colours are all-blue.

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Gibb was an umpire in first-class cricket from 1957 to 1966, later becoming a bus driver in Guildford, Surrey, where he died suddenly in December 1977. His obituary appeared in the 1979 edition of Wisden . [5]

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  2. Wynne-Thomas, Peter (1989). The Complete History of Cricket Tours at Home & Abroad. London: Hamlyn. p. 106. ISBN   0600557820.
  3. 1 2 Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 71. ISBN   1-869833-21-X.
  4. "Mr P. A. Gibb, Test batsman-wicketkeeper". The Times (60183). London. 10 December 1977. p. 16.
  5. Wisden 1979, pp. 1089–91.