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David Houghton (cricketer)

David Houghton
Personal information
Full nameDavid Laud Houghton
Born (1957-06-23) 23 June 1957 (age 62)
Bulawayo, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
BowlingRight-arm off-break
RoleBatsman, Wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 8)18 October 1992 v India
Last Test25 September 1997 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 6)9 June 1983 v Australia
Last ODI5 October 1997 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 22 63 120 163
Runs scored 1,464 1,530 7,445 4,191
Batting average 43.05 26.37 39.39 29.20
100s/50s 4/4 1/12 17/36 1/12
Top score 266 142 266 142
Balls bowled 5 12 149 53
Wickets 0 1 2 2
Bowling average 19.00 29.50 28.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/19 2/7 1/9
Catches/stumpings 17/– 29/2 165/16 112/11
Source: [1], 2 October 2018

David Laud Houghton (born 23 June 1957) is a Zimbabwean cricket coach and former cricketer. He is the current head coach of Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

He captained Zimbabwe in their first four Test matches and led the team in 17 One Day Internationals (ODI).

Early life

Houghton was born at Bulawayo in what was then the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland into a family of prosperous farmers. He was conscripted into the Rhodesian Armoured Car Regiment in 1975 and played his first professional cricket in the Army, representing the regiment in the National Championship of 1977. He rose to the rank of Major in the Rhodesian Army and retired as a Reserve Officer in the Royal Rhodesia Regiment in 1983.

Other sports

Houghton also represented his country in hockey and was described by the Pakistan hockey team captain as the best goalkeeper he had ever played against.[1]

International career

Houghton holds the record for the highest Test score by a Zimbabwean, with his 266 against Sri Lanka in 1994/5. He still holds the Test Match record for the most runs in a career without a duck, with 1,464.[2] His most memorable one day international innings was against New Zealand in the 1987 Reliance World Cup, in which Houghton scored 142 runs off 137 deliveries with 13 fours and 6 sixes.[3] This innings brought Zimbabwe to the brink of a surprise victory, but New Zealand won by only 3 runs,[4][5] and is the highest score by an Associate Batsman against a Test playing nation, taking place as it did before Zimbabwe were granted Test Status. Since retiring as a player, Houghton has gone on to become a coach and commentator.

Coaching career

Before he was the coach of Derbyshire County Cricket Club he coached Radlett Cricket Club in Hertfordshire. Whilst in this role his best achievement was taking Radlett to victory in the Evening Standard trophy which is London's most prestigious cricket competition.[citation needed]

He initially coached Derbyshire from 2004 until the middle of the 2007 season when he resigned.[6] He returned as first team batting coach 2011–2013.[7]

He served Somerset in a similar role in 2014 (prior to the arrival of then director of cricket Matthew Maynard) before joining Middlesex for a four year spell as batting coach on 10 November 2014.

He was appointed to a newly created role as Head of Cricket by Derbyshire in September 2018 which took effect in October.


  • Fastest Zimbabwean test cricketer to reach 1000 test runs (24 innings).[8]
  • He along with Iain Butchart set the record for the highest 8th wicket partnership in ICC Cricket World Cup history (117)[9][10]


  1. ^ Dave Houghton was a great sportsman in and beyond cricket, CricInfo.
  2. ^ Lynch, Steven. "Who now holds the record for the most Test runs without a duck". Ask Steven - Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  3. ^ Reliance World Cup - 4th match, Group A
  4. ^ "NEW ZEALAND v ZIMBABWE". Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Houghton takes on New Zealand". Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  6. ^ Dave Houghton quits Derbyshire
  7. ^ David Houghton rejoins Derbyshire in batting role
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | World Cup | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Archived from the original on 19 February 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  10. ^ "4th Match: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Hyderabad (Deccan), Oct 10, 1987 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 April 2017.

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Preceded by
Zimbabwean national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Andy Flower
Preceded by
Mark Ramprakash
Middlesex batting coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
New position
Head of Cricket

2018 to date
Succeeded by

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