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Denis St Eval Atkinson (9 August 1926 – 9 November 2001) was a West Indian cricketer who played 22 Test matches as an all-rounder, hitting 922 runs and taking 47 wickets. He also played first-class cricket for Barbados and Trinidad.

Denis Atkinson
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Personal information
Born(1926-08-09)9 August 1926
Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados
Died9 November 2001(2001-11-09) (aged 75)
Barbados
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
Right-arm off-spin
International information
National side
Test debut10 November 1948 v India
Last Test17 January 1958 v Pakistan
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 22 78
Runs scored 922 2,812
Batting average 42.33 28.40
100s/50s 1/5 5/14
Top score 219 219
Balls bowled 5,201 15,821
Wickets 47 200
Bowling average 35.04 26.45
5 wickets in innings 3 6
10 wickets in match 0 2
Best bowling 7/53 8/58
Catches/stumpings 11/0 39/0
Source: CricInfo, 30 May 2019

Atkinson holds the Test record for the highest seventh-wicket partnership – as captain, he made a stand of 347 with Clairmonte Depeiaza against Australia in 1954–55 to put up a total of 510 in the first innings of a drawn match. Atkinson also led West Indies to a series win in New Zealand the following year.

He also holds the record for bowling the highest number of wicketless overs in a Test innings. He recorded 72 overs, 29 maidens, no wicket for 137 runs for the West Indies against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham, in 1957.[1]

When Gary Sobers was a boy Atkinson encouraged him by asking him to bowl to him at practice. Atkinson, who played for the Wanderers Cricket Club in Barbados, was able to leave work at his insurance office early for extra batting practice, and he used to put a shilling on top of the stumps and tell Sobers he could have it if he knocked it off. Sobers said, "it was through him that I eventually received recognition".[2]

His younger brother Eric also played Test cricket. Eric's first Test, against Pakistan at Bridgetown in 1957–58, was Denis's last.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. p. 131. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4.
  2. ^ Garry Sobers, My Autobiography, Headline, London, 2002, pp. 14–15.

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