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Eric Atkinson      

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

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Tests 8 9 1 126 37 15.75 0 0 2 0
First-class 29 38 6 696 77 21.75 0 3 14 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 8 15 1634 589 25 5/42 8/78 23.56 2.16 65.3 1 1 0
First-class 29 4127 1630 61 6/10 26.72 2.36 67.6 4 0
Career statistics
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
Test statistics
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.
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