David Sales

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David Sales
Personal information
Full nameDavid John Grimwood Sales
Born (1977-12-03) 3 December 1977 (age 40)
Surrey, England
NicknameJumble, Car Boot
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleMiddle Order Batsman
Domestic team information
1994–2014Northamptonshire (squad no. 5)
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 249 267 61
Runs scored 14,140 7,406 1,279
Batting average 39.27 33.81 28.42
100s/50s 29.64 4/53 0/10
Top score 303* 161 78*
Balls bowled 345 84 12
Wickets 9 0 1
Bowling average 20.44 23.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 4/25 1/10
Catches/stumpings 212/– 114/– 28/–
Source: CricketArchive, 21 January 2016

David John Grimwood Sales (born 3 December 1977 in Carshalton, Surrey) is an English cricket player who has played for the cricket teams of Northamptonshire, England A and Wellington NZ.

Domestic career[edit]

Sales was educated at Caterham School, an independent school in Caterham in Surrey. On his debut at the age of 16, he became the youngest scorer of a half-century in the Sunday League, scoring 70 not out against Essex.[1] He scored 0 and 210 not out on his first-class debut for Northamptonshire against Worcestershire at Kidderminster in 1996. At 18, he became the youngest player to score a double hundred in the Championship, and in the same year, received the NBC Denis Compton Award. The 210* was not his highest score however; he has passed 200 six other times including a triple century against Essex in 1999 at the age of 21.[2] In 1999, Sales became Northamptonshire's youngest recipient of a county cap.

In late 2001, he joined Wellington cricket club in New Zealand for a year. In 2004, he was made captain of Northamptonshire replacing Mike Hussey. While captain, he continued to score at an average of over 40, but in 2008, he chose to step down from the role prematurely to concentrate on his batting and boost his chances of playing for England.[3] He was replaced by Nicky Boje for the start of the 2008 season. During the 2009 season, he was ruled out in March with injury until 2010.[4] In January 2010, Sales was picked along with new teammate James Middlebrook to represent the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) against Durham in Abu Dhabi.[5] This was his first game since his injury in 2009.

In July 2014, Sales announced his retirement, taking effect at the end of the 2014 season.[6] His final match was a NatWest t20 Blast match against Durham. The match was stopped due to rain with no result; Sales did not bat in his final match.[7]

International career[edit]

Sales was tipped for England honours early in his career. He played for the Under 19 side while in his last year of compulsory education and made the step up a year later playing for England A. However, on an 'A' tour to the West Indies, he sustained ligament damage to his knee playing beach volleyball before playing a game and missed the whole of the 2001 English season.[8]


  1. ^ "Essex vs Northamptonshire in 1994". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  2. ^ Fletcher, Iain (1 August 1999) Sales of the centuries The Independent. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  3. ^ Sales steps down from Northants captaincy Cricinfo. 30 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  4. ^ Northants ace Sales misses season BBC Sport. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
  5. ^ MCC pick Northants' David Sales and James Middlebrook BBC Sport. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-15.
  6. ^ ESPNcricinfo staff. "David Sales announces retirement". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  7. ^ "North Division: Northamptonshire v Durham at Northampton, Jun 27, 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  8. ^ Randall, Charles (3 January 2001) January blues for poor Sales The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 July 2009.

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