Tony Pawson (cricketer)

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Tony Pawson
File:Tony Pawson 1948.jpg
Tony Pawson in 1948
Personal information
Full name Henry Anthony Pawson
Born (1921-08-22)22 August 1921
Chertsey, Surrey, England
Died 12 October 2012(2012-10-12) (aged 91)
Chilcomb, Hampshire, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off-spin
Relations Guy Pawson (father)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1946 to 1953 Kent
1947 to 1948 Oxford University
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 69
Runs scored 3807
Batting average 37.32
100s/50s 7/23
Top score 150
Balls bowled 555
Wickets 7
Bowling average 40.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/26
Catches/stumpings 36/–
Source: Cricinfo, 4 December 2014

Henry Anthony Pawson OBE (22 August 1921 – 12 October 2012) was an English cricketer and cricket writer, the son of Guy Pawson.

He was educated at Winchester College and Christ Church, Oxford. During the Second World War he served in the Rifle Brigade, reaching the rank of Major and seeing active service in Italy and Tunisia. He was mentioned in despatches. He worked for Reed International where he became Personnel Director, and then as an industrial relations adviser.

Tony Pawson played a total of 69 matches for Oxford University and Kent. He batted right-handed, scoring 3807 runs (including seven centuries) at an average of 37.32. He occasionally bowled right-arm offbreaks, taking seven wickets at an average of 40.00. He captained Oxford in 1948 when they defeated Cambridge University by an innings.[1] His highest score was 150 for Oxford in a victory over Worcestershire in 1947.[2]

Pawson was a good all round sportsman and also played football to a high level. He won a blue for Oxford University (1947–48) and played 2 league matches for Charlton Athletic, scoring on his debut versus Tottenham Hotspur in December 1951. He was a member of the Great Britain football squad for the 1948 Summer Olympic Games although he did not feature in any of the team's matches. He was a member of the Pegasus team that won the FA Amateur Cup in 1951. He became cricket correspondent of The Observer and chaired the Cricket Writers' Club, 1980-1.

He was regarded as one of the world's leading fly fishermen and was world individual champion in 1984. He also won world titles as part of the English national team. In June 1988 he was awarded the OBE for "services to angling".[3] He died on 12 October 2012, aged 91.[4]

Select bibliography

  • The Football Managers 1973
  • The Goalscorers: From Bloomer to Keegan 1978
  • Runs and Catches 1980
  • Gareth Edwards on Fishing 1984 (with Gareth Edwards)
  • Flyfishing Around the World: The International Guide for the Gamefisher 1987
  • Two Game Fishermen: An Hereditary Passion 1993 (with John Pawson)
  • Kingswood Book of Fishing 1992 (with John Pawson)


  1. Oxford University v Cambridge University 1948
  2. Worcestershire v Oxford University 1947
  3. Cameron, Colin (1991). The Valiant 500. Sidcup: Colin Cameron. pp. 243–4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Kent batsman Tony Pawson dies". ESPNcricinfo. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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