Doug Insole, the former England and Essex batsman who went on to become an influential administrator, has died aged 91.
Despite being better know for his post-playing career as a selector and chairman of the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB) – the forerunner to the ECB – Insole was good enough to score more than 25,000 first-class runs, as well as play nine Tests for England.
At Essex, he fulfilled the role of captain, chairman and president, known around the club as “Mr Essex”. He captained Cambridge before taking charge at Essex in 1950, succeeding Tom Pearce.
“It is with deep regret that Essex County Cricket Club announces the passing of former player, captain, chairman and president, Doug Insole CBE who passed away peacefully at home last night, at the age of 91 years old,” an Essex statement said. “Doug was one of the most outstanding players and administrators in cricket and affectionately known by everyone at the Club as ‘Mr Essex’.”
His Test debut came in the same year, against the touring West Indies side, but he only made sporadic appearances for England. His sole hundred came in 1957, against South Africa at Durban, when he was vice-captain but he played his final Test the following summer.
He continued to play for Essex until 1963, fielding in the slips and amassing 138 wickets with his medium pace.
Subsequent to his retirement, Insole joined the MCC committee. He was an England selector for 19 years and served as chairman of the TCCB during the Packer “crisis” of the late 1970s.