|Full name||Martin John Horton|
21 April 1934|
|Died||3 April 2011
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm offbreak|
Martin John Horton (21 April 1934 – 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.
Life and career
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. 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.
- Daily Telegraph obituary Retrieved 10 Apr 2011