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David Acfield      

Full name David Laurence Acfield

Born July 24, 1947, Chelmsford, Essex

Current age 69 years 336 days

Major teams Cambridge University, Essex

Nickname Ackers

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Height 5 ft 9 in

Education Brentwood School: Christ's College, Cambridge

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 420 417 212 1677 42 8.18 0 0 137 0
List A 160 60 42 104 9* 5.77 0 0 27 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 420 67560 26800 950 8/55 28.21 2.38 71.1 34 4
List A 160 6419 4143 152 5/14 5/14 27.25 3.87 42.2 2 2 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1966 - 1986
List A span 1970 - 1986
Profile

David Ackfield was a useful offspinner who may have come closer to Test selection had his batting been more than useless - in more than 400 first-class matches he never made a fifty. After retiring he remained in the game and for a time was on the ECB's management committee. Ackfield was also an Olympic fencer, taking part in the 1968 and 1972 Games, and also won a gold medal at the 1970 Commonwealth Games. "I wasn't a regular member of the Essex side then so it was reasonably easy to fit in but it was much harder the next time," he said. "Perhaps I should have given up because all the time I was an amateur fencer for Britain I couldn't be paid for playing for cricket. I don't think it could be done today."
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Apr 24, 1969

The 1969 Essex squad. Back row (from left): Lee Irvine, Keith Boyce, John Lever, Brian Ward, Stuart Turner and David Acfield. Front row: Brian Edmeades, Keith Fletcher, Brian Taylor, Gordon Barker and Robin Hobbs

The 1969 Essex squad

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