Betty Patricia McKinley is best known for being the wife of Alan Davidson, an Australian cricketer of the 1950s and 1960s. He was an all-rounder: a hard-hitting lower-order left-handed batsman, and an outstanding left-arm fast-medium opening bowler. Davidson is being reported to have passed away at age 92 on Saturday morning, October 30.
Their sons were born in 1953 and 1955 while he was on tour in England and the West Indies respectively. He was named as the New South Wales Father of the Year in 1982.
Alan Davidson Career
Davidson, an all-rounder renowned for his potent ability to swing the ball both ways, died peacefully at age 92 on Saturday morning. He played 44 Tests in 1953-63, was widely regarded as the world’s best left-arm fast bowler until the emergence of Pakistan icon Wasim Akram.
Davidson snared 186 Test wickets at 20.53 and scored 1328 Test runs at 24.59. Nicknamed ‘Claw’ by fellow all-rounder Keith Miller after an impressive slips catch, Davidson routinely impressed teammates and fans with his batting, bowling, and fielding.
Davidson grew up on the NSW Central Coast, learning his craft on a homemade wicket on the family property, before shifting to Sydney and making his first-class debut in 1949-50.
Alan Davidson Death & Cause
Alan Davidson passed away on Saturday morning October 30, 2021, at the age of 92. Tony Lewis wrote in a tribute,
“Very sad news…. Australian cricket legend Alan Davidson dies aged 92. The Australian cricket community is mourning the death of Test legend Alan Davidson, who passed away aged 92 today.
I spoke to Alan at a Wests Cricket lunch and he told me he was very proud of this …….see below…
Davidson was the first cricketer to score 100 runs and take 10 wickets in the same Test, a feat he achieved while playing with a broken finger during the infamous tied Test against the West Indies in December 1960.”
“So sad to hear of the passing of Alan Davidson. He was mum’s second cousin, we were all very proud of him, my brother is Leonard Davidson, and my youngest brother is Alan George, named after Alan and Alan’s grandfather, George Davidson. Another branch of our Davidson tree comes to an end. He will never be forgotten,” wrote Margaret Weston in a Facebook post.