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Denis Atkinson
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Denis Atkinson

West Indies
Denis Atkinson

INTL CAREER: 1948 - 1958

Full Name

Denis St Eval Atkinson

Born

August 09, 1926, Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados

Died

November 09, 2001, Barbados, (aged 75y 92d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium, Right arm offbreak

relations

(brother)

TEAMS

A sound batsman and a bowler of medium-pace offcutters, Denis Atkinson made his debut in India in 1948-49, and was a Test regular in the mid-1950s. He was captain for three Tests against Australia in 1954-55, in the absence of Jeff Stollmeyer, and later led West Indies to a series victory in New Zealand. His finest hour, though, came in the fourth Test of that Australian series. Facing a total of 668, West Indies collapsed and were 146 for 6 when Atkinson and Clairmonte Depeiaza came together. In more than a day the pair added 347 for the seventh wicket, a first-class record for 40 years and still the best in Tests. Atkinson contributed 219, his career-highest, and also took seven wickets in the match. On his sole tour of England in 1957 he began memorably, taking 10 for 62 in the first match at Worcester, but later he was overworked and a strained shoulder affected his performance.
Christopher Martin-Jenkins

Adapted by Wisden from World Cricketers: A Biographical Dictionary (Oxford, 1996).

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test2235692221931.79156110
FC7811516281221928.40514390
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveSR4w5w10w
Test223952011647477/537/8635.04110.60030
FC781582152912008/5826.4579.1062
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Photos


Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes, Kathryn Ward (for her father Denis Atkinson) and Denis Depeiaza (for his father Clairmonte Depeiaza) receive awards as West Indies cricket record holders
Denis Atkinson
Denis Atkinson took 12 wickets in the tour game
Clairmonte Depeiaza and Denis Atkinson relax during their world record stand
Denis Atkinson bowls