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Donald Carr: Derbyshire's Corinthian

Written by John Shawcroft

This is the story of a man who captained Repton, Oxford University, Derbyshire and England before becoming MCC Assistant Secretary, tour manager, TCCB Secretary and an international referee. Donald Carr spent his life involved in cricket at all levels as both player and administrator.

Born into an army family stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, he first sprang to prominence when selected for the third Victory Test in 1945. After Oxford, which he captained in 1950, he threw in his lot with Derbyshire, where he was a highly effective batsman, slow left-arm bowler and member of the renowned Derbyshire leg trap of the 1950s, as well as being captain from 1955 to 1962. He toured India in 1951/52, playing in two Tests and captaining his country when India gained their first Test victory. He was captain of the MCC A team which went to Pakistan in 1955/56, a tour which is mainly remembered for the soaking given to the Pakistani umpire, Idris Begh.

Carr was a soccer player, winning two Blues at Oxford, before becoming a member of the renowned Pegasus team which won the FA Amateur Cup in 1950/51 and 1952/53.

His career as an administrator with Derbyshire, MCC and the TCCB encompassed some of the game’s more controversial moments such as Basil D’Oliveira’s selection for England in 1968, Tony Greig’s run-out dismissal of Alvin Kallicharran, and the Packer Affair.

Using a variety of sources, John Shawcroft traces a first-class career which lasted from 1945 to 1968, during which Donald Carr scored 19,257 runs, captured 328 wickets and took 500 catches.

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