John Crawford William MacBryan (22 July 1892 – 14 July 1983) was an English cricketer who played for Cambridge University and Somerset and made one almost imperceptible appearance in a Test match for England.[1][2] MacBryan was also a field hockey international and won a gold medal at the 1920 Olympic Games with the Great Britain and Ireland team.[3][4]

Jack MacBryan
John Crawford William MacBryan

(1892-07-22)22 July 1892
Died14 July 1983(1983-07-14) (aged 90)
Cambridge, England
Field hockey career
Medal record
Men's Field Hockey
Representing  United Kingdom
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1920 Antwerp Team competition
Cricket information
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 221)26 July 1924 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 206
Runs scored 10,322
Batting average 29.49
100s/50s –/– 18/48
Top score 164
Catches/stumpings –/– 128/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 3 May 2011

MacBryan was educated at Exeter School, where he played cricket for the school and was captain in 1911. After school he joined the Somerset Light Infantry. In 1914, a month after the outbreak of World War I, he was wounded and captured at the battle of Le Cateau, and he was a prisoner for the rest of the war.[5] After the war he went up to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he won his blue for cricket in 1920.[6]

An amateur and a right-hand batsman, MacBryan was the leading Somerset batsman in the years after the World War I and was called up for the Old Trafford Test match against the South Africans in 1924. But the match was ruined by rain, and MacBryan remains the only Test cricketer who neither batted, bowled nor dismissed anyone in the field (where he spent 66.5 overs). His chance never came again.[1]

He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1925.

See also



  1. ^ a b Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. pp. 189–190. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4.
  2. ^ "Jack MacBryan". Olympedia. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Jack MacBryan Bio, Stats, and Results". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Olympians Who Played First-Class Cricket". Olympedia. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  5. ^ "J. C. W. Macbryan". The Times. No. 61586. London. 16 July 1983. p. 10.
  6. ^ "Cricket". The Times. No. 42416. London. 21 May 1920. p. 7.
Preceded by Oldest Living Test Cricketer
20 April 1982 – 14 July 1983
Succeeded by