Nigel Haig was a top-class all-round sportsman, excelling in tennis, racquets, squash, and golf, apart from his prowess on the cricket field. A tall wiry man he was an all-rounder who played for Middlesex from 1912 to 1934, captaining them for the last six years. He was possibly a better bowler than bat, bowling fast-medium and capable of long spells. With the bat he was unorthodox, relying on a good eye rather than technique, but could hit surprisingly hard, and he was a quite magnificent fielder. He achieved the double in 1921 as an important member of Middlesex's Championship winning side, and repeated the feat in 1927 and 1929. He played one Test against the 1921 Australians, and later toured the West Indies in 1929/30, but generally was not impressive at the highest level. He lost four crucial years to the First World War, where he served with distinction, earning the MC. He was a nephew of Lord Harris.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Dave Liverman)