David Green, Welsh cricketer, Died at 76


David Michael Green was born on November 10, 1939, in Llanengan, Gwynedd, and died on March 19, 2016.

He was a Welsh cricketer.

He played for Oxford University, Lancashire and Gloucestershire.

He was a fair-haired right-handed batsman.

He was frequently used as an opener and a medium-pace bowler, he went to Oxford from Manchester Grammar School and was a regular and successful player for three years from 1959 to 1961, turning out for Lancashire in his holidays.

David Green scored 1,000 runs in his first season but failed to do so in his other two university seasons, and again in 1962, when he played fairly often for Lancashire.

After a year away playing in league cricket in 1963, he came back to Lancashire in 1964 and was frequent in the first team for three seasons.

During the year 1965, with the benefit of playing in 35 first-class matches, David set a record that is unlikely ever to be beaten by scoring more than 2,000 runs without a single century: his highest for the season was 85.

Earlier, the highest number of runs in a season without a century was 1,709 by C.B. Harris in 1935, whilst not since 1970 has anyone scored 1,500 runs with no centuries in one season.

Following a more moderate season in 1966, he was injured and drifted out of the side and was given permission to leave Lancashire at the end of the season to join Gloucestershire, in 1967.

His competitive batting in 1968 for his new county had him belatedly touted as a possible England opener: he scored 2,137 runs at an average of more than 40 runs per innings.

During that event, the only honour he received was to be selected as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1969.

Following two other relentless seasons in 1969 and 1970, he gave up first-class cricket for a career in business and journalism, writing on cricket and rugby for The Daily Telegraph.

Green also played rugby union for Sale R.F.C.

David Green passed away at 76 yrs old.