Robin Marlar

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Robin Marlar
Personal information
Full nameRobin Geoffrey Marlar
Born (1931-02-01) 1 February 1931 (age 88)
Eastbourne, Sussex, England
BowlingRight-arm off-spin
Domestic team information
1951–1953Cambridge University
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 289
Runs scored 3033
Batting average 9.72
100s/50s 0/2
Top score 64
Balls bowled 54,450
Wickets 970
Bowling average 25.22
5 wickets in innings 66
10 wickets in match 15
Best bowling 9/46
Catches/stumpings 137/–
Source: Cricket Archive, 6 February 2014

Robin Geoffrey Marlar (born 2 January 1931 in Eastbourne, Sussex) was an English cricketer and cricket journalist. He was educated at Harrow and Magdalene College, Cambridge.[1]

Marlar played first-class cricket for Cambridge University, winning a blue in 1951, 1952 and 1953 (when he captained Cambridge to victory over Oxford),[2] and Sussex between 1951 and 1968. An innovative off-break bowler, he took 970 wickets in 289 matches at an average of 25.22, with a personal best of 9/46 against Lancashire at Hove in 1955. He was a "shrewd and skilful" captain of Sussex between 1955 and 1959,[3] he remains only one of five native-born cricketers to hold this post.

He had a successful journalistic career as an outspoken cricket correspondent of The Sunday Times, and wrote the illustrated history The Story of Cricket (1979).[4]

Marlar stood as a Conservative candidate for Bolsover in the 1959 General Election, and a 1962 by-election at Leicester North East, then decades later was a parliamentary candidate at the 1993 Newbury by-election,[5] he was appointed as the President of Sussex County Cricket Club for 2005 and President of MCC for 2005/2006.


  1. ^ MARLAR, Robin Geoffrey, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, 2017 (online edition, Oxford University Press, 2016)
  2. ^ Wisden 1954, pp. 285-87.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Wisden 1980, p. 1222.
  5. ^ Newbury by-election 1993

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hubert Doggart
Sussex county cricket captain
Succeeded by
Ted Dexter