Full name Donald Derek Beard
Born January 14, 1920, Palmerston North, Manawatu
Died July 15, 1982, Lancaster, Lancashire, England (aged 62 years 182 days)
Major teams New Zealand, Central Districts, Northern Districts, Wellington
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Relation Son - DA Beard
|Test debut||New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch, Feb 8-12, 1952 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Mar 9-13, 1956 scorecard|
|First-class span||1945/46 - 1964/65|
Beard, Donald Derek, who died on July 15, 1982, aged 62, while on a visit to England, was a member of the first New Zealand side ever to win a Test match - against West Indies at Auckland in March, 1956. He made a useful all-round contribution, scoring 31 and 6 not out at No. 9 and taking one for 20 in West Indies' first innings and three for 22 in fifteen overs in the second. New Zealand had waited 26 years and 45 Tests for this success. An accurate, medium-paced right-hand bowler, capable of late swing, and a lively hitter of the ball, in his four Test appearances he scored 101 runs at an average of 20.20 and captured nine wickets at 33.55 apiece. In all first-class cricket (for both Central and Northern Districts) he took 278 wickets (average 21.58) and scored 2,166 runs (average 22.10).
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year 1956
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"