Ian Akers-Douglas

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Ian Akers-Douglas
Personal information
Full name Ian Stanley Akers-Douglas
Born (1909-11-16)16 November 1909
Kensington, London
Died 16 December 1952(1952-12-16) (aged 43)
Frant, Sussex
Batting style Right-handed
Domestic team information
Years Team
1929–1938 Kent
1930 MCC
1929–1930 Oxford University
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 60
Runs scored 1,965
Batting average 23.67
100s/50s 2/8
Top score 123
Balls bowled 125
Wickets 4
Bowling average 25.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/20
Catches/stumpings 12/–
Source: CricInfo, 17 March 2017

Ian Stanley Akers-Douglas (16 November 1909 – 16 December 1952) was an English cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman who played first-class cricket for Oxford University and Kent County Cricket Club between 1929 and 1938. He was born in Kensington and died in Frant.

Akers-Douglas' father was the second son of Aretas Akers-Douglas, 1st Viscount Chilston. His maternal grandfather was Stanley Christopherson, who played cricket once for England, and his great-uncle was Percy Christopherson who played twice for Kent. He was educated at Eton[1] and Christ Church, Oxford.[2] His cricketing career began with one match for the Kent Second XI in the 1928 Minor Counties Championship, but he made his breakthrough playing in his debut for the first team in 1929. He had played for Oxford University in three matches, before making his Kent debut in the same summer, against Warwickshire. Akers-Douglas made a good account of himself in the first innings of the match, finishing as the second-highest scorer in the first innings, with 33 runs to his name. He played four further County Championship matches for the team in the 1929 season.

Once again Akers-Douglas returned to play for Oxford University in 1930, his second and final year playing for the side. He made four further appearances in the County Championship in the 1930 season, while Kent were to finish the season fifth in the County Championship table. Akers-Douglas spent 1931 and 1933 out of the team, save for one single first-class match, though 1932 saw him score his debut century for the side, his career-best first-class score of 123. He played frequently during 1934 and 1936, but in 1935, 1937 and 1938 played just a single first-class game in each year.

Following the close of the 1938 season, Akers-Douglas played just one further cricket match for Kent, against the Rest of England.

Akers-Douglas' cousin Eric Akers-Douglas, 3rd Viscount Chilston, died in 1982 without children, so Ian Akers-Douglas' son Alastair became 4th Viscount Chilston.


  1. ^ "Mr Ian Akers-Douglas". The Times. London. 2 January 1953. p. 8. 
  2. ^ Ian Akers-Douglas at CricketArchive (subscription required)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Percy Chapman and
Bryan Valentine
Kent County Cricket Club captain
(jointly with Percy Chapman and Bryan Valentine)
Succeeded by
Ronnie Bryan and
Bryan Valentine