- Played Cricket For Kent For 15 years
The former ‘Dr. Love’ of an Australian women’s magazine, Dave Fulton is a journalist and author, who played cricket for Kent for 15 years captaining the county between 2002-2005. Dave is now involved in media work and available as an after dinner speaker.
Possibly the worst bowler to have ever played professional cricket he took just one wicket in those 15 years so it was just as well he was an opening batsman. As a fielder he was an outstanding close catcher especially at short-leg, where his acerbic wit and feisty banter compensated for a throw, which resembled that of a primary school girl.
Career wise he scored over 12,000 first class runs with 29 hundreds his best season being 2001 where he was the leading English run scorer and was voted the PCA Player’s Player of the year.
He captained the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan, Andrew Symonds and Steve Waugh, the latter tipping him at the time to succeed Nasser Hussain as captain of England but a ball in the eye from a bowling machine at 90mph in 2003 effectively ended his international aspirations.
He battled back despite being only partially sighted in his right eye leading Kent out of relegation trouble and playing for 3 more years. His best days, though, were behind him and he retired at the end of 2006 after scoring 155 in his last first-class match.
Fulton has some quirky claims to fame: he ended Viv Richards’ career by dint of catching him in his last first-class match; he opened the batting and bowling against South Africa in 1994 in their first match back in England after the apartheid era, while as Dr. Love he gave the male perspective on female readers’ sexual and relationship problems for a national Australian magazine.
His first book ‘The Captains’ Tales – Battle for the Ashes was published in May 2009.
He now works for Sky Sports News, The Times, The PCA and in truth anyone who’ll have him.
He’s also one of the rising stars of the after-dinner circuit.