Martin Horton

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Martin Horton
Personal information
Full name Martin John Horton
Born (1934-04-21)21 April 1934
Worcester, England
Died 3 April 2011(2011-04-03) (aged 76)
Worcester, England
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 2 410
Runs scored 60 19945
Batting average 30.00 29.54
100s/50s –/1 23/112
Top score 58 233
Balls bowled 238 54352
Wickets 2 825
Bowling average 29.50 26.94
5 wickets in innings 40
10 wickets in match 7
Best bowling 2/24 9/56
Catches/stumpings 2/– 166/–
Source: [1]

Martin John Horton (21 April 1934[1] – 3 April 2011) was an English cricketer, who played in two Tests in 1959. He was born in Worcester, England, and played the bulk of his first-class cricket for his native county.

Cricket writer, Colin Bateman, noted that Horton was, "a versatile all-rounder who could bat anywhere in the top six and who twice took more than 100 wickets in a season with his off-spin...".[1]

Life and career[edit]

Horton made his debut for Worcestershire in 1952, and was an integral part of the side which won the County Championship in 1964 (for the first time in the county's history) and 1965.[1] He passed 1,000 runs in a season on 11 occasions, scoring 2,468 runs in 1959, the year he won his two Test caps. He scored a half century against India in his first Test and took 2 for 24 in his second. He was dropped from the side, never to return. He achieved the double in 1955 and 1961, and he took 9 for 56 against the 1955 South Africans. In nearly two decades of cricket, he took 825 first-class wickets in all and scored 23 centuries with the bat.

In 1966, Horton moved to New Zealand and played four seasons of cricket with Northern Districts before becoming the national team's coach, a position he maintained for seventeen seasons. He remained there until 1983, when he returned to Worcester to become cricket coach at the Royal Grammar School, a post he held until 1996. He also became chairman of Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

Horton died following a long illness in April 2011.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 91. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  2. ^ Williamson, Martin. "Former England allrounder Martin Horton dies". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 

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