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Neil Haig

Biography

Born at Kensington, London in 1887, Nigel Haig was nephew of Lord Harris (Kent). A right-handed middle order batsman, right-arm medium fast bowler and good fieldsman he was schooled at Eton. He represented Middlesex 417 times between 1912 and 1934 scored 12,289 runs (av. 20.79) with eleven centuries and a top score of 131 versus Sussex at Lord's in 1920. He achieved 931 wickets (av. 26.06) with a best of 7 for 33 versus Kent at Canterbury in 1920 and he held 182 catches. He hit 1,000 runs in a season six times with a best of 1,552 (av. 25.02) in 1929 and he took 100 wickets in a season five times with a best of 129 (av. 24.17) in 1929. He achieved the coveted double three times. He represented England in five Tests in 1929/30 when he toured with M.C.C. to the West Indies. He took 13 wickets (av. 34.46) with a best of 3 for 73 and scored 126 runs (av. 14.00) with a top score of 47 and he held 4 catches. During the period 1929-1934 he captained the county, the latter two seasons jointly with H.J. Enthoven and was also Hon. Secretary. He played three other sports to a high standard; tennis, rackets and golf. He was a Test selector in 1929 and he made his final first-class appearance in 1936 for H.G. Leveson-Gower's XI. He died at Eastbourne, Sussex in 1966.