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Alexander William McDougall

Alexander William McDougall, like Diver, was drafted into the Nottinghamshire side for the 1858 Surrey match. At the time he was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge and played in several matches for the University in 1857 and 1858, but was not awarded his blue, even though in 1857 he was described with: ‘Has wonderfully improved both as a bat and field. We hope to see him in the (Cambridge) Eleven this year.’

He was born in Jamaica about 1837 and was educated in ‘Worcestershire’. He resided in Wilford at the time of his Notts appearance and in 1858 organised a three-day match at Trent Bridge between his own side and the United All England Eleven.

A barrister by profession he lived in London from about 1870 and died in the city in November 1917 aged 80.