Probably Zimbabwe’s second-best batsman (after Andy Flower), Houghton holds the record for the highest Test score by a Zimbabwean, with his 266 against Sri Lanka in 1994/5. His other memorable one day cricket inning was against New Zealand in 1987 Reliance World Cup, in which Houghton scored 142 runs off 137 deliveries with 13 fours and 6 sixes.
Zimbabwe’s first Test captain, Houghton has an exceptional cricket brain that helped him become national coach after a spell in charge at Worcestershire. As a batsman he had the ability to play either long, defensive innings or shorter, attacking ones, and he was a brilliant player of spin, but equally adept against pace. He started life as a wicketkeeper, but became a top-class slip fielder too, possibly helped by his time as Zimbabwe’s hockey goalkeeper.
Since retiring as a player, Dave Houghton has gone on to become a coach and commentator. Before he was the coach of Derbyshire County Cricket Club he was the coach at 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. He was coach of Derbyshire from 2004 to the middle of the 2007 season when he quit.