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COMPTON, DENIS CHARLES SCOTT, CBE born 23 May 1918, Hendon, Middlesex
"Compo" to his friends, dubbed "Crisis Compton" by the press, his banner year was 1947 when he, along with his Middlesex mate Bill Edrich rewrote the record books. Compton made 3816 runs in that summer of'47 (avg. 90.85), with 18 centuries. Edrich was not far behind with 3539 runs (avg. 80.43) and 12 centuries. Compton's feat is a record for the most number of runs in a first-class season, and the most 100s. In the tests agains S.Africa that same summer, Compton plundered 753 runs (avg. 94.12). Compton's highest score was 300 vs. N.E.Transvaal (1948/49). Made in 181 minutes it was the fastest first-class triple century of the time. His highest test score of 278 was made against Pakis- tan at Trent Bridge in 1954. He exceeded 2000 runs in a season in 1939, 1946, 1947, 1948, and 1949, after which soccer inju- ries slowed him down. All told, he exceeded the 1000 run mark 14 times in England and three times overseas. All this while, he had a parallel soccer career as outside-left for Arsenal, playing in the wartime internationals (for England) and earning a F.A. Cup winner's medal in 1950. He was joint captain of Middlesex with Bill Edrich in the years 1951-52, and vice-captain of the 1950/51 English team to Australia. However, Denis Comp- ton was a notori- ously bad runner between wickets. It has been said that a call for a run by Compton "was simply a basis for negotiation".:-)
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