Denis Compton

Denis Charles Scott Compton CBE (23 May 1918 – 23 April 1997) was an English cricketer who played in 78 Test matches and spent his whole cricket career with Middlesex. He was also an accomplished footballer, who played most of his football career at Arsenal.[1]

Denis Compton
Compton in about 1936
Personal information
Full nameDenis Charles Scott Compton
Born(1918-05-23)23 May 1918
Hendon, Middlesex, England
Died23 April 1997(1997-04-23) (aged 78)
Windsor, Berkshire, England
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingLeft arm unorthodox spin
RelationsLeslie Compton (brother)
Richard Compton (son)
Patrick Compton (son)
Ben Compton (grandson)
Nick Compton (grandson)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 297)14 August 1937 v New Zealand
Last Test5 March 1957 v South Africa
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1936–1964Marylebone Cricket Club
1936–1958Middlesex
1944/45–1945/46Europeans
1944/45Holkar
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 78 515
Runs scored 5,807 38,942
Batting average 50.06 51.85
100s/50s 17/28 123/183
Top score 278 300
Balls bowled 2,710 36,640
Wickets 25 622
Bowling average 56.40 32.27
5 wickets in innings 1 19
10 wickets in match 0 3
Best bowling 5/70 7/36
Catches/stumpings 49/– 416/–
Source: Cricinfo, 23 April 1997

A right-handed batsman and left-arm unorthodox spin bowler, Compton is regularly credited as one of England's most remarkable batsmen.[2] Indeed, Sir Don Bradman said he was one of the greatest cricket players he'd ever seen.[3] He is one of only twenty-five players to have scored over one hundred centuries in first-class cricket.[4] In 2009, Compton was posthumously inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.[5] The Denis Compton Oval and a stand at Lord's Cricket Ground are both named in his honour.[6][7]


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