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Former MCC President JJ Warr dies

JJ Warr played for Middlesex, MCC and England
JJ Warr played for Middlesex, MCC and England

MCC has expressed its sadness on learning that MCC Honorary Life Vice-President and England bowler JJ (John James) Warr has died at the age of 88.

Born in 1927, Warr represented Cambridge University for four years from 1949-52, also beginning his county career for Middlesex during that time.

A fast-medium bowler, his 87 first-class wickets in the 1950 season were enough to ensure his selection on an Ashes tour to Australia in 1950-51, where he played two Tests, taking just one wicket.

While he never played Test cricket again, Warr went on MCC tours to Canada later that year and East Africa in 1957/58. 

His best season came in 1956, when he took more than 100 wickets in first-class cricket, including career best figures of 9/65 against Kent at Lord's, and he spent three seasons as captain of Middlesex between 1958 and 1960.

He was elected a Member of MCC In 1954, and gave distinguished service to the Club on several committees, including for 16 years on the Main Committee.

Warr was MCC President in 1987/88 and was elected an Honorary Life Vice-President of the Club upon leaving the MCC Committee in 1996.

A fine after dinner speaker, Warr also worked in the city during and after his cricket career.

The MCC flag has been lowered to half mast as a mark of respect.

A Service of Thanksgiving for his life will be held at 2:30pm on Friday 20 May at St. Michael's Church, Bray, Berkshire, SL6 2AB.

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