Full name Derek Graham Hawkins
Born May 18, 1935, Alveston, Gloucestershire
Died November 27, 2010, Alveston, Gloucestershire (aged 75 years 193 days)
Major teams Gloucestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|First-class span||1952 - 1962|
Proof were it needed that cricket has changed beyond all recognition in the last half century can be given by the career of Derek Hawkins. In 11 season with Gloucestershire he was a regular in the side and yet his career record as a batsman would not set the world alight - three hundreds from 134 matches and an average of 18.06. It was an era where a decent player could hold down a place for years, especially at a county where budgets were constantly in need of balancing.
Hawkins played for England schoolboys in 1950 and the following season was signed as a professional by Gloucestershire, with Glamorgan also showing interest. An interruption while he endured National Service aside, he was a mainstay of the side until he retired in 1962. His maiden hundred came against Sussex in 1957 and earned him his county cap.
For such a little-used spinner, his career-best figures of 8 for 31 against Kent (out of a total of 38 wickets) are all the more remarkable as they came in his penultimate season and were his total take for that year. That was his best year with the bat as well, as he passed 1000 runs for the only time.
After quitting he devoted his time to the family business, Berkeley Vale Motors.
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