Peter Downton Croft

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Peter Downton Croft (born 7 July 1933) is a former England and Great Britain field hockey player, a member of the British squad at the 1960 Summer Olympics, and also a former first-class cricketer, usually known as Peter Croft.

From 1953 to 1955 he served as a second lieutenant in the Royal Regiment of Artillery.

Sporting life[edit]

Educated at Gresham's School, Holt, where he attended the junior and senior schools between 1945 and 1952, and then at the University of Cambridge, Croft excelled in two sports, hockey and cricket, representing his school and university at both.[1]

At hockey, after gaining his Blue at Cambridge, Croft played for Surbiton, Surrey and later for the England national field hockey team.[2] He represented Great Britain at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.[3][4]

Croft's first-class cricket career representing Cambridge University ran from 1955 to 1957 and gained him another Blue. He was a right-hand batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler, with a batting average of 14.88.[2][5]


  1. ^ Benson, Steve, I Will Plant Me a Tree: an Illustrated History of Gresham's School (2002) p. 88
  2. ^ a b Peter Croft Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. at Cricket Archive
  3. ^ Peter Croft at
  4. ^ Peter D. Croft at
  5. ^ Peter Croft, England at