|Full name||Derek Henry Cole|
9 March 1925|
Dawlish, Devon, England
|Died||7 April 2006
Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 11 February 2011
Cole made his debut for Devon in the 1947 Minor Counties Championship against the Surrey Second XI. From 1947 to 1970, he represented the county in 186 Championship matches, the last of which came against Cornwall. He played a single List A match for the county against Hertfordshire in the 1969 Gillette Cup. In this match he scored a single run before being dismissed by Roy Wacey. With the ball he took a single wicket at a cost of 25 runs. Cole captained Devon in this match and in Minor counties cricket.
Cole made a number of appearances in first-class cricket during his career. The first came for the South in the North v South fixture of 1956. His next two first-class appearances came for the combined Minor Counties cricket team against the touring Indians in 1959 and against eight years later against the touring Pakistanis. Cole captained the side in the 1967 fixture. In his 3 first-class matches he scored 86 runs at a batting average of 21.50, with a high score of 36. With the ball he took 2 wickets at a bowling average of 41.00, with best figures of 1/11.
He was educated at Teignmouth Grammar School, later returning to the school as a teacher. He was the president of Devon County Cricket Club from 1974 to 1996. He died in Chippenham, Wiltshire on 7 April 2006.
- Wisden 1956, p. 75.
- Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Derek Cole
- List A Matches played by Derek Cole
- List A Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Derek Cole
- Hertfordshire v Devon, Gillette Cup 1969 (1st Round)
- List A Bowling For Each Team by Derek Cole
- South v North (1956)
- First-Class Matches played by Derek Cole
- First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Derek Cole
- Chairmen of Devon County Cricket Club