Arthur Blair-White

Born3 July 1891, Ashton Park, Monkstown, Co Dublin
Died29 April 1975, Murlough House, Ballindrait, Lifford, Co Donegal
EducatedRugby School, Warwickshire, Dublin University
Debut10 July 1913 v Scotland at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
Cap Number289
StyleRight-hand bat, wicket keeper
TeamsDublin University
HistoryArthur Blair-White proved himself a sound batsman at Dublin University, working his way up the order to form a useful opening partnership with Australian Pat Quinlan in his third season. That year, 1913, he hit three centuries and was to play for Ireland v Scotland at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh.

He was also a competent wicket keeper, but played for Ireland purely as a batsman. The most attractive of his hundreds was for the A XI v Co Wicklow at Bray. His 108 came in 2 hours including 16 fours. This set up a 241/8 declaration and a 205 run victory. For the 1st XI, he made 104 v Co Kildare and 110 v Pembroke. These performances saw him into the Irish X1 in July. This was a match Ireland should have won with Pat Hone, a surprise choice as captain, delaying a declaration too long. Arthur made 23 in the first innings, sharing in an opening stand of 60 with Bob Lambert. In the second, however, he failed making only 7, falling in each innings to Scots medium pacer WL Fraser. Blair-White was not seen again in any important Irish cricket after that season.

He saw service in World War 1, was awarded the MBE and receiving the Croix de Guerre. He was also twice mentioned in despatches.

Edward Liddle, April 2007

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