David Hughes (cricketer)

David Hughes (cricketer)
David Hughes
Personal information
Full name David Paul Hughes
Born 13 May 1947 (1947-05-13) (age 64)
Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Domestic team information
Years Team
1967–1991 Lancashire
1975/76–1976/77 Tasmania
1971–1972 MCC
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 447 458
Runs scored 10,419 4,993
Batting average 21.79 20.63
100s/50s 8/45 0/11
Top score 153 92*
Balls bowled 43,458 8,482
Wickets 655 248
Bowling average 30.31 23.55
5 wickets in innings 20 6
10 wickets in match 2
Best bowling 7/24 6/29
Catches/stumpings 325/– 146/–
Source: Cricinfo.com, 6 July 2009

David Paul Hughes (born 13 May 1947) is an English former cricketer. Though he never played for England, he was a stalwart of the Lancashire side for more than two decades, making 10,419 first-class runs. Though he batted right-handed, he also took 655 wickets with his left-arm spin.

Hughes was born in Newton-le-Willows, St Helens, Lancashire. Making his debut in 1967, he was capped in 1970. During the 1971 Gillette Cup semi-final against Gloucestershire on 28 July 1971, Hughes walked out to bat in with the time approaching a quarter to nine in the evening and 25 runs still needed from the five remaining overs. There was a suggestion that the umpires would have to abandon play for the day and finish the game the following morning - but Hughes hit 24 off a single over and set up a Lancashire win.

Hughes played for D. H. Robins' XI in South Africa in 1971/72 and for Tasmania in 1975/76 and 1976/77, and accompanied Lancashire on three overseas tours in the mid-1980s, but otherwise stayed at home; of his 447 first-class matches, only ten were not played on British soil. He was captain of Lancashire between 1987 and his retirement in 1991, and in the first of these years Lancashire finished second in the County Championship; in 1988 Hughes was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year. He was given two benefit seasons, in 1981 and 1992, which raised a total of £145,000.

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