Full name Eric St Eval Atkinson
Born November 6, 1927, Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados
Died May 29, 1998 (aged 70 years 204 days)
Major teams West Indies, Barbados
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Relation Brother - DS Atkinson
|Test debut||West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, Jan 17-23, 1958 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v West Indies at Lahore, Mar 26-31, 1959 scorecard|
|First-class span||1949/50 - 1958/59|
Eric St Eval Atkinson, who died after a long illness on May 29, 1998, aged 70, played eight Tests for West Indies in the late 1950s. He made his debut as a 30-year-old opening bowler at Bridgetown in 1957-58, alongside his older and better-known brother Denis, playing his last Test. The Atkinsons were the third pair of brothers to play together for West Indies, after the Grants and the Stollmeyers; there have been none since. In his second game, at Sabina Park a month later, Eric took five for 42, a performance that was somewhat overshadowed by Garry Sobers's 365 not out. A tearaway bowler in his youth, Atkinson was not very successful when he first played for Barbados: three wickets in his first nine matches. But he had settled down to bowl fast-medium swing by the time he got into the Test team; he was said to have used reverse swing long before anyone had a name for it. Atkinson was chosen to tour the subcontinent a year later and, in his last Test, helped set up victory at Lahore with figures of 12-8-15-3, as Pakistan were bowled out for 104.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"