John Albert "Jack" Young
(14 October 1912 – 5 February 1993) was an English cricketer
, who played for Middlesex
. His first-class cricket
career lasted from 1933 to 1956.
The cricket writer, Colin Bateman, commented, "the son of a music hall comic
, Jack Young was a theatrical performer and extremely popular with spectators".
Life and career
Young was born in London
, and was a slow left-arm spin bowler
, who relied on accuracy and a flat delivery rather than flight. He was on the staff at Middlesex for much of the 1930s, but only came to the fore after World War II
. In 1947, he took more than 150 wickets as Middlesex, led by the batting of Denis Compton
, Bill Edrich
and Jack Robertson
, won the County Championship
, and he repeated the feat two years later when the Championship was shared with Yorkshire
. He also took more than 150 wickets in 1951 and 1952, so that, when he retired from injury after just three matches in the 1956 season, he had taken more than 1,300 wickets in ten seasons at an average of less than 20 runs per wicket.
Young played Test cricket
for England eight times between 1947 and 1949, but took only 17 wickets in those games. Though his accuracy made him economical, and he bowled eleven consecutive maiden overs
on his home Test debut at Trent Bridge
against the 1948 Australians Don Bradman
and Lindsay Hassett
, then a world-record return, he... Read More