Don Denton      

Full name Arthur Donald Denton

Born October 21, 1896, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Died January 23, 1961, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire (aged 64 years 94 days)

Major teams Northamptonshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style (underarm)

Relation Brother - JS Denton, Brother - WH Denton

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 7 13 2 276 51* 25.09 0 1 3 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 7 12 5 0 - - - 2.50 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1914 - 1920

Don Denton played seven times for Northamptonshire either side of World War One as a middle-order batsman. That in itself is unremarkable, but during the war he lost part of his leg and in his three appearances in 1919 and 1920 he had to bat using one of his brothers as a runner, while he fielded exclusively at point. The Lancashire captain, approached for special permission, wrote: "If any fellow has been to the war and has had his leg off and wants to play, he is good enough for me and can have 20 runners." One wonders what he might have achieved if not so disabled. In his last innings he made 37 and, according to The Times, "played fine cricket".
Martin Williamson

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