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Patrick O'Madigan Dixon
  • Born 9 October 1907 Rhotak, India
  • Died 14 September 1987 Nakura, Kenya
  • Educated Sacred Heart College, Adelaide; Dublin University
  • Occupation Engineer later Missionary
  • Debut 16 June 1932 v Scotland at Glenpark, Greenock
  • Cap Number 388
  • Style Right-hand batsman, right arm leg break / medium pace bowler.
  • Teams Dublin University, Phoenix

Pat Dixon, Indian born but Australian educated, was, like his better known elder brother Tom, an all rounder, though he was not so good a cricketer. Tall and strong, he was a commanding right hand batsman, when set, and, though his bowling was not always employed, could bowl usefully at medium pace, as well as his more usual leg breaks.

Entering Dublin University, with Tom, in 1925, he was seven seasons in the XI from 1926, being captain in 1931. His bowling brought him one "5 for" in his first season but his best summer was in 1932, the year in which he gained his Irish cap, when he shone as a batsman. He hit two 50s and also one century in League matches. He appeared for Phoenix in University vacations, but without conspicuous, lasting success.

He played in the University's two matches with Northamptonshire in 1926. These were the last of a series of three day matches against first class opposition stretching back more than 40 years. Eight of them were awarded first class status, including these two. The University was outplayed in both matches and decided to end the series. The first game was in College Park in June. Pat did not bowl and contributed 1 run out and 2 with the bat. In the second innings he fell to the left arm pace of EW Clark, a left armer of distinct speed, used by Douglas Jardine in India in 1933/34, as the last Test Match bodyliner.

In the second match, played at Northampton, the University again went down by an innings, but Pat, personally, did rather better. His first innings 47 was the University's top score of the match. He and wicket keeper Harry Forsyth (43), later to become a GP in Belfast, put on 57 for the 4th wicket, the only stand of any note for the visitors in the match. Pat fell to the spin of FI Walden, generally thought to have been one of the smallest of all county cricketers, but who played outside right for Spurs and England, as well as, later, umpiring in 11 Tests. In the second innings Pat was part of the hat trick achieved by leg spinner SC Adams, who took 6 of his total haul of 13 first class wickets in this match.

Pat's one match for Ireland, against Scotland, at Glenpark, Greenock in 1932, was played under Tom's captaincy and resulted in an Irish victory. He played little part, being out for 7 and 12 at number 3. In the second innings he was caught off the bowling of AD Baxter. Baxter was a bowler of some pace, who later played for Lancashire and Middlesex in a handful of matches, besides going on the MCC post bodyline "goodwill" tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1935/36.

Pat did not appear in any important cricket, of which scores have been seen, after this season. As he was always close to his brother, it may well be that he accompanied him to India to work as an engineer, Tom was involved in first class cricket there. Following this, neither man was heard of for some years, until they were revealed to be living near to each other in Kenya and working as missionaries.