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David Gordon Robinson McKibbin
  • Born 16 June 1912 Comber, Co Down
  • Died 14 June 1991 Comber, Co Down
  • Educated Mill School, Comber
  • Occupation
  • Debut 19 June 1937 v Scotland at Ormeau
  • Cap Number 407
  • Style Right hand bat; right arm leg break bowler
  • Teams North Down

David McKibbin, dark haired and strongly built, was a sound and stylish batsman who - after starting for North Down in the lower middle order - soon became the club's regular opening batsman, a role he also filled on his one appearance in Irish colours. He was a useful leg spinner, of whom more use might have been made. Though always a consistent performer with the bat, his value was seen to the full when first war and then retirement deprived his side of the services of James MacDonald. David headed the batting averages in 1940 to 1946 with the exception of 1941 when he gave way to Gerry Spence. He was also the leading batsman in 1950 and 1951. He served on the selection committee for several seasons and also had a spell as vice captain. When his own 1st XI days were over, he continued to be active, skippering the 4th XI amongst other services to his club.

A member of the great North Down side of the 1930s, he helped them to four Senior League titles and also played in six Cup Finals of which four were won. Against Ulster in 1930, his first appearance in a Final, he failed with the bat at No 8, but took two cheap wickets in each innings, dismissing in the first the formidable pairing of Billy McCleery and Harold Jackson, Billy, it is true had made 71 but the elegant left hander was sent packing "without troubling the scorers." However Ulster still won convincingly. After failing again in his only innings in a 5 wicket win over Armagh in 1932, Bobby Barnes getting him for 0.

David made his first telling contribution with the bat in the 131 run win over Woodvale in 1934. After big innings by the MacDonald brothers, James and TJ, he weighed in with a classy 42 at No 5, helping North Down to a useful 238, before being caught by McCleery off George Wilson's off spin. He topscored with 27 in the second innings, thus playing a notable part in the victory though an outstanding all round performance by James MacDonald caught the eyes of most. However David's best match was against Woodvale at Ormeau in 1937.

Though North Down totalled 331 in their first innings and led by 105 runs, they eventually lost in a thrilling finish by one wicket. David made 80 in his first putting on over 100 for the first wicket with TJ MacDonald, though there was then a mid order collapse, an 8th wicket stand by the Shields family seeing the score past 300. David was to topscore again in 1939, his last Final, when the Comber side collapsed twice to Harry Armstrong leaving Woodvale convincing innings winners. David made 18, top score in the first innings, and was the only man to reach double figures kin both innings.

His one appearance for Ireland came against Scotland at Ormeau in 1937. Ireland won the toss and batted. David opening with Donald Shearer, soon lost his partner but then put on 91 for the second wicket with Eddie Ingram, their stand producing, according to Derek Scott's match report, " the best batting of the match." Ingram, who was in tremendous form was first to go for 63 and David soon followed him caught at short leg off slow left armer John Melville, who also played Minor County cricket for Buckinghamshire. Making 37, David had, "played his part nobly." (Scott). In the second innings, Ireland having established a lead of 64, he and Shearer put on a quick 43, before David was out for 14. Ireland eventually won by 63 runs, David having thus made a good contribution to the victory.

Edward Liddle, February 2010

International Matches
View Match Ireland beat Scotland by 63 runs (3 Day, Ormeau, 19 June 1937)