Dave Halfyard      

Full name David John Halfyard

Born April 3, 1931, Winchmore Hill, Middlesex

Died August 23, 1996, Northam, Devon (aged 65 years 142 days)

Major teams Cornwall, Durham, Kent, Minor Counties, Nottinghamshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium, Right-arm medium

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 264 348 51 3242 79 10.91 0 2 113 0
List A 44 30 0 228 25 7.60 0 0 13 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 264 55818 24822 963 9/39 25.77 2.66 57.9 55 13
List A 44 2353 1398 59 4/19 4/19 23.69 3.56 39.8 3 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1956 - 1970
List A span 1968 - 1977

HALFYARD, DAVID JOHN, who died suddenly on August 23, 1996, aged 65, had a remarkable, indeed eccentric, career which was supposed to have ended after a serious road accident in 1962. But he returned to the first-class game six years later and was still taking wickets for Tiverton Heathcoat in the Devon Premier League a few weeks before he died. Dave Halfyard came to prominence as a tireless seamer for Kent in the late 1950s, and took 135 wickets in 1958. After his accident he kept trying to make a comeback, but failed, and in 1967 went on to the first-class umpires' list. However, Nottinghamshire saw him bowling in the nets - in itself not normal practice for an umpire - and decided to sign him, although almost the entire committee had to watch him for two hours before they were convinced of his fitness. He thus became perhaps the only umpire to retire and return to playing. Bowling more sedately but even more craftily than he did for Kent, he spent three productive years at Nottinghamshire, bringing his total of first-class wickets to 963 before finally leaving the first-class game in 1970. Even while with Nottinghamshire he would slip away on his days off to bowl leg-breaks for club sides. Over the next 12 years he had spells as professional with Durham, Northumberland and Cornwall and had another period as an umpire. While with Cornwall, he took all 16 Devon wickets to fall in a match at Penzance. Halfyard's zest for displaying the tricks of his trade before audiences others might have thought unworthy made him in that sense comparable to Sydney Barnes. His pride and joy was a camper van with almost 400,000 miles on the clock; his cricket had the same improbable durability.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack