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Ian Akers-Douglas



Ian Stanley Akers-Douglas (November 16, 1909 – December 16, 1952), the son of George Akers-Douglas, and Doris Christopherson, was an English cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman who played first-class cricket for Kent between 1929 and 1938. He was born in Kensington and died in Frant, Sussex.

Akers-Douglas' cricketing career began with one match for the Kent Second XI in the 1928 Minor Counties Championship, but he made his breakthrough playing in his debut for the first team in 1929. He had played for Oxford University in three matches, before making his Kent debut in the same summer, against Warwickshire. Akers-Douglas made a good account of himself in the first innings of the match, finishing as the second-highest scorer in the first innings, with 33 runs to his name. He played four further County Championship matches for the team in the 1929 season.

Once again Akers-Douglas returned to play for Oxford University in 1930, his second and final year playing for the side. He made four further appearances in the County Championship in the 1930 season, while Kent were to finish the season fifth in the County Championship table. Akers-Douglas spent 1931 and 1933 out of the team, save for one single first-class match, though 1932 saw him score his debut century for the side, his career-best first-class score of 123. He played frequently during 1934 and 1936, but in 1935, 1937 and 1938 played just a single first-class game in each year.

Following the close of the 1938 season, Akers-Douglas played just one further cricket match for Kent, against the Rest of England. Akers-Douglas' grandfather was onetime Test cricketer Stanley Christopherson, and his great-uncle was two-time Kent player Percy Christopherson.

He married second, in 1965, Phyllis Parsons; their eldest son, Alastair, succeeded as 4th Viscount Chilston.



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