1900 – 1966
Who was Bernard Atkinson?
Educated at St Paul's School, London, Atkinson played for the school cricket team from 1916 to 1919, heading the batting averages in his last two years there. He later attended the University of Cambridge, but did not represent the university in first-class cricket. He would make his debut in first-class cricket for Northamptonshire against Kent in the 1922 County Championship. He made ten first-class appearances for the county in that season, scoring 257 runs at an average of 17.13, with a high score of 91, his only half century score of the season. As an all-rounder, he also took 5 wickets with the ball, which came at an average of 31.80, with best figures of 2/13. Outside of cricket, he was an educator, which may account for him making no appearances for Northamptonshire in first-class cricket in 1923 and 1924. He did however make three first-class appearances for the county in the 1925 County Championship, scoring 29 runs at an average of 5.80, while with the ball he took 2 wickets.
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