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David Allen      

Full name David Arthur Allen

Born October 29, 1935, Horfield, Bristol, Gloucestershire

Died May 25, 2014 (aged 78 years 208 days)

Major teams England, Gloucestershire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

David Arthur Allen
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 39 51 15 918 88 25.50 0 5 0 10 0
First-class 456 641 147 9291 121* 18.80 1 29 252 0
List A 28 21 10 164 28 14.90 0 0 5 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 39 65 11297 3779 122 5/30 9/162 30.97 2.00 92.5 8 4 0
First-class 456 77619 28586 1209 8/34 23.64 2.20 64.2 56 8
List A 28 479 261 9 4/28 4/28 29.00 3.26 53.2 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Jan 6-12, 1960 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 2-4, 1966 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1953-1972
List A span 1969-1972
Profile

An accurate offspinner, David Allen had trouble maintaining a steady place in the England teams of the 1960s, with competition from Titmus, Mortimore, and Illingworth. He bowled off no more than four or five paces, with a deceptively casual action. He could be unplayable on helpful wickets, but he mastered the art of bowling tightly on good wickets as well. He was first picked for England in 1959, but was unable to play through injury. When he did play, his 39 Tests included tours to all the current Test-playing nations. A useful bat, with a first class hundred to his credit, he thrived on adversity, memorably so when playing out Hall's final over of the 1963 Lord's test. He took 882 wickets for Gloucestershire in a career that spanned 19 years.
Dave Liverman October 2004

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David Allen

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Aug 1, 1961

Bob Simpson dives to dismiss David Allen, England v Australia, Old Trafford, 1961

Bob Simpson dives to dismiss David Allen at Old Trafford

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