The Sydney Cricket Ground will host a public memorial service to celebrate the life of Alan Davidson AM MBE and his contribution to Australian sport and society on November 29.
Memorial Service Details
When: Monday, November 29 from 11am - All welcome
Entry: Via the Alan Davidson Gates at the SCG, adjacent to the members entry. Please scan in and present proof of vaccination on entry
Parking: Driver Avenue or The Entertainment Quarter
One of cricket’s finest players and most influential and beloved figures, Alan Davidson passed away peacefully on October 30 aged 92, surrounded by his family.
As a brilliant all-rounder for NSW and Australia, sports administrator and benefactor, Davidson leaves an enormous legacy across all levels of cricket in Australia and wherever the game is played.
Davidson was a Life Member and Vice-Patron of Cricket NSW and served as the President of the New South Wales Cricket Association from 1970 to 2003. He spent 20 years as a member of the SCG Trust and five years as an Australian Test selector between 1979-84.
Among the many other honours bestowed on Davidson for contributions to sport and charity, he was a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the ICC Hall of Fame, in addition to being made a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1964 and awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1987.
Born in Lisarow on the NSW Central Coast, Davidson progressed from a homemade wicket on the family property to become a fearsome force as a destructive left-arm fast bowler and hard-hitting lower-middle order batter for NSW and Australia.
Davidson made his First-Class debut for NSW during the 1949-50 season and his Test debut on the 1953 Ashes tour. He went on to play 44 Tests, taking 186 wickets at 20.53 with best figures of 7/93 and scored 1328 runs at 24.5, with a top score of 80.
After overcoming a series of injuries, Davidson was at his finest in the late 1950s and early 1960s under the captaincy of his schoolboy adversary, NSW teammate and close friend Richie Benaud.
During a golden period for the Australian team that included three Ashes series victories as well as successful tours of South Africa and India, Davidson was widely recognised as the game’s predominant all-rounder.
Among Davidson’s many fine performances, one fondly remembered is the swashbuckling innings of 80 on the dramatic final day of the 1960 Tied Test against the West Indies in Brisbane.
In that match Davidson became the first man to score 100 runs and take 10 wickets in the same Test, despite entering the contest with a broken finger.
As much as his wonderful playing career, Davidson will be forever remembered for the vast amount of time he volunteered to cricket, as well as other sports and charitable causes.
18 November 2021