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Frank Mann


Born at Winchmore Hill, Middlesex in 1888 Frank Mann learnt his cricket at Malvern in Worcestershire before playing for Cambridge University from 1908 to 1911. A lusty right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm slow bowler, he represented Middlesex from 1909 to 1931 (1921 to 1928 as captain) winning a famous championship at his first attempt in 1921. He played 398 first-class matches, scoring 13,235 runs with 9 centuries and with a top score of 194. Captaining England in his 5 Tests versus South Africa in 1922/23 he won 14 of the 22 tour matches including the Test series 2-1 with wins at Cape Town and Durban. He scored 281 runs with a top score of 84 in the third Test at Durban; he later became a Test selector in 1930 and subsequently became President of the club. He died at Milton-Lilbourne, Wiltshire in 1964.