David Turner (cricketer)

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David Turner
Personal information
Full nameDavid Roy Turner
Born (1949-02-05) 5 February 1949 (age 70)
Corsham, Wiltshire, England
NicknameBirdy
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
BattingLeft-handed batsman
BowlingRight-arm medium-pace
RoleBatsman
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1966–1989Hampshire
1977/78Western Province
First-class debut20 August 1966 Hampshire v Kent
Last First-class11 July 1989 Hampshire v Northamptonshire
List A debut25 May 1968 Hampshire v Bedfordshire
Last List A7 May 1991 Minor Counties v Nottinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 426 381
Runs scored 19005 9904
Batting average 30.55 30.28
100s/50s 28/90 5/60
Top score 184* 123*
Balls bowled 626 17
Wickets 9
Bowling average 39.66
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/7 0/4
Catches/stumpings 191/– 92/–
Source: CricketArchive, 30 May 2010

David Roy Turner (born 5 February 1949 at Chippenham, Wiltshire) is a former English first-class cricketer for Hampshire. He played 426 games between 1966 and 1989, making 19005 runs at a batting average of 30.55 with 28 hundreds.

David Turner played for Hampshire in 24 consecutive seasons, which, with the impact of the First World War on certain players, is the longest unbroken run in their history. He is also the only Hampshire cricketer to have been in sides that won the Championship, Sunday League and a Lord’s Final. Hampshire were not the only county who sought to sign the promising young left-hander but he came to the county, making his first-class debut in August 1966, when just 17. He was not a regular member of the side in the early seasons, but in August 1969, scored 181* at the Oval, still Hampshire’s highest maiden century in a Championship match. In the next two seasons, he passed 1,000 runs with more centuries, and in mid-May, 1972, he impressed the touring Australians, taking 131 off their attack, including Lillee, at Southampton. He was spoken of as a Test prospect, but a few weeks later at Basingstoke retired hurt with an eye injury from a short ball, which seemed to dent his confidence. He was nonetheless back in the side as an ever-present with 1,000 runs as Hampshire won the title in 1973 - from then until he retired in 1989, he continued to score runs in both formats and by the end he had passed 1,000 runs in nine seasons. With the covering of pitches in his later years, his average rose into the 40s, and to 49.18 in his ‘Indian Summer’ of 1987 – for Hampshire he finished with 18,683 first-class runs and 27 centuries. He scored almost 10,000 limited-overs runs for Hampshire, and fittingly was at the wicket with his captain when Hampshire won their first Lord’s Final in 1988. He was also a very fine out-fielder with a fierce accurate throw, and while he was no bowler, in the 1960s, when the authorities briefly revived single-wicket competitions among county cricketers, he, rather than Hampshire’s all-rounders or big-hitting bowlers, was the county’s champion in 1967 & 1968. In addition, in 1981, he took a hat-trick in a limited-overs ‘Lambert & Butler’s’ tournament. He retired to take over the family shoe business, back home in Wiltshire.

His highest score was 184 not out against Gloucestershire at Gloucester in 1987, when he and Gordon Greenidge put on 311 for the third wicket, and Hampshire won by an innings.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wisden 1988, p. 414.

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