David Collins (New Zealand cricketer)

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David Collins
Personal information
Full name David Charles Collins
Born (1887-10-01)1 October 1887
Wellington, New Zealand
Died 2 January 1967(1967-01-02) (aged 79)
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Occasional wicket-keeper
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 53
Runs scored 2,604
Batting average 29.59
100s/50s 6/9
Top score 172
Balls bowled 1,486
Wickets 32
Bowling average 27.18
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 4/10
Catches/stumpings 33/1
Source: [1], 1 May 2009

Dr David Charles Collins (1 October 1887 – 2 January 1967) was a New Zealand cricketer. He played 53 first-class matches between 1905–06 and 1926–27, the bulk of these being for Wellington in New Zealand and Cambridge University in England; he won a blue for Cambridge and headed their batting averages in 1910.[1]

After leaving Cambridge, he returned to New Zealand, where his most successful years were with Wellington in the 1920s. It was during this decade that he scored four of his six first-class centuries, including the largest (and his last), 172 against Auckland in the 1924–25 Plunket Shield.[2]

Collins represented New Zealand during the MCC tour of 1922–23. At Christchurch he scored 102,[3] while at the Basin Reserve, as captain, he hit a second-innings 69.[4]

His father William Collins and his uncle John Collins had brief first-class careers. His cousin A. E. J. Collins holds the world batting record for his innings of 628 not out.[5]