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Eric Atkinson
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Eric Atkinson

West Indies

INTL CAREER: 1958 - 1959

Full Name

Eric St Eval Atkinson

Born

November 06, 1927, Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados

Died

May 29, 1998 (aged 70y 204d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium fast

relations

(brother)

TEAMS

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.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50sCtSt
Test8911263715.750020
FC293866967721.7503140
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test8151634589255/428/7823.562.1665.30110
FC2941271630616/1026.7267.6040
Eric St Eval Atkinson
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