David Houghton (cricketer)

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David Houghton
Personal information
Full name David Laud Houghton
Born (1957-06-23) 23 June 1957 (age 60)
Bulawayo, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm off break
Role Batsman, Wicket keeper, coach,
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 8) 18 October 1992 v India
Last Test 25 September 1997 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 6) 9 June 1983 v Australia
Last ODI 5 October 1997 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
1993–1998 Mashonaland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 22 63 120 163
Runs scored 1464 1530 7445 4191
Batting average 43.05 26.37 39.39 29.20
100s/50s 4/4 1/12 17/36 1/12
Top score 266 142 266 142
Balls bowled 5 12 149 53
Wickets - 1 2 2
Bowling average - 19.00 29.50 28.50
5 wickets in innings - - 0 -
10 wickets in match - - 0 n/a
Best bowling - 1/19 2/7 1/9
Catches/stumpings 17/– 29/2 165/16 112/11
Source: Cricinfo, 26 August 2016

David Laud Houghton (born 23 June 1957) is a former Zimbabwean Test cricketer. He captained Zimbabwe in their first four Test matches, losing two and drawing two. Zimbabwe won one of the 17 One Day Internationals he was captain for.

He is the current batting coach of Middlesex.

Other sports[edit]

Houghton also represented his country in hockey and was described by the Pakistan hockey team captain as the best goalkeeper he had ever played against.[1]

International career[edit]

Houghton holds the record for the highest Test score by a Zimbabwean, with his 266 against Sri Lanka in 1994/5. He still holds the Test Match record for the most runs in a career without a duck, with 1,464.[2] His most memorable one day international innings was against New Zealand in the 1987 Reliance World Cup, in which Houghton scored 142 runs off 137 deliveries with 13 fours and 6 sixes.[3] This innings brought Zimbabwe to the brink of a surprise victory, but New Zealand won by only 3 runs,[4][5] and is the highest score by an Associate Batsman against a Test playing nation, taking place as it did before Zimbabwe were granted Test Status. Since retiring as a player, Houghton has gone on to become a coach and commentator.

Coaching career[edit]

Before he was the coach of Derbyshire County Cricket Club he was the coach at Radlett Cricket Club in Hertfordshire. Whilst in this role his best achievement was taking Radlett to victory in the Evening Standard trophy which is London's most prestigious cricket competition.[citation needed]

He coached Derbyshire from 2004 until the middle of the 2007 season when he resigned.[6]

He returned to Derbyshire as first team batting coach 2011–2013.[7] He served Somerset in a similar role in 2014 (prior to the arrival of director of cricket Matthew Maynard) before joining Middlesex on 10 November 2014.

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Test centuries of David Houghton
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 121 1  India Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 1992 Drawn
2 266 9  Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 1994 Drawn
3 142 10  Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 1994 Drawn
4 104* 16  New Zealand New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1996 Drawn

One Day International Centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries of David Houghton
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 142 7  New Zealand India Hyderabad, India Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium 1987 Lost


  • Fastest Zimbabwean test cricketer to reach 1000 test runs(24 innings).[8]
  • He along with Iain Butchart set the record for the highest 8th wicket partnership in ICC Cricket World Cup history(117)[9][10]

International awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Australia County Ground, Southampton 16 June 1983 WK 1 Ct. ; 84 (108 balls: 9x4, 1x6)  Australia won by 32 runs.[11]
2 New Zealand Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad 10 October 1987 WK 1 Ct. ; 142 (137 balls: 13x4, 6x6)  New Zealand won by 3 runs.[12]
3 South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town 29 January 1997 57* (44 balls: 7x4, 1x6)  South Africa won by 5 wickets.[13]


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Preceded by
Zimbabwean national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Andy Flower
Preceded by
Mark Ramprakash
Middlesex batting coach
2015 to date
Succeeded by