James Moffat Allan

1953 - 1972 (60 caps)


2nd April 1932, Leeds, Yorkshire, England


Scotland v Australians, Whitehaugh Oval, Paisley, 15 September 1953





With low, slow wickets, it is perhaps inevitable that Scotland has produced several excellent slow bowlers. Several rose to make their mark in English County cricket. Of these players, Jimmy Allan undoubtedly was the one to achieve most for his Country and in the professional game.

James made his first-class debut playing for Oxford University and took figures of 7-7-0-1. Five of his maidens were bowled to Len Hutton. A week later he dismissed Keith Miller and IanCraig in his opening over in a game against the Australians.

He earned 60 caps for Scotland between 1953 and 1972, achieving a creditable average of 22 with both bat and ball for Scotland and similar figures for Kent. Five centuries and 435 top-class wickets with his orthodox left-arm spin would make him a valuable addition for any side.

His accuracy and reliability were legendary and he would provide the added bonus of being able to bat well up the order. In 2004 he became the first cricketer to have a statue unveiled in his honour at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.