Donald Knight (cricketer)

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Donald Knight
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style -
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 2 139
Runs scored 54 6231
Batting average 13.50 30.84
100s/50s -/- 13/30
Top score 38 156*
Balls bowled - 52
Wickets - 3
Bowling average - 8.33
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling - 2/0
Catches/stumpings 1/- 74/-
Source: [1]

Donald John Knight (12 May 1894 in Sutton, Surrey – 5 January 1960 in London) was a cricketer who played for Surrey, Oxford University and England.

An opening batsman, Knight played for Surrey as a schoolboy at Malvern College,[1][2] and won a Blue at Oxford either side of the First World War. His great season was 1919 when, after university, he opened regularly for Surrey with Jack Hobbs and scored 1,588 runs at an average of more than 45 runs per innings, with nine centuries. The following year, he was struck on the head while fielding and was never the same batsman again.[3]

In 1921, Knight was picked for two Test matches against the all-conquering Australians but made little impact, scoring 54 runs in four innings. He became a master in charge of cricket at Westminster School in 1920.[3] He appeared only occasionally for Surrey, retiring after reappearing for 12 games in 1937.

He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1915.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crickinfo: The Cricketer Spring Annual, 1960
  2. ^ Cricket Archive : Donald Knight
  3. ^ a b "Mr. D.J. Knight - An elegant bat". Obituaries. The Times (54662). London. 7 January 1960. col A, p. 15.