Full name Danny Richard Briggs
Born April 30, 1991, Newport, Isle of Wight
Current age 24 years 285 days
Major teams England, Berkshire, England Lions, England Under-19s, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Only ODI||England v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Feb 21, 2012 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v South Africa at Birmingham, Sep 12, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v England at Hobart, Jan 29, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton, Aug 27-30, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Worcestershire v Hampshire at Worcester, Jul 6-9, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Hampshire v Nottinghamshire at Southampton, May 12, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Nottinghamshire v Hampshire at Nottingham, Aug 19, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Hampshire v Kent at Southampton, Jun 3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Hampshire v Lancashire at Birmingham, Aug 29, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|5*, 2/19||Hampshire||v Lancashire||Birmingham||29 Aug 2015||T20|
|2/48||Hampshire||v Notts||Nottingham||19 Aug 2015||LA|
|-||Hampshire||v Worcs||Worcester||14 Aug 2015||T20|
|0/37||Hampshire||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||5 Aug 2015||LA|
|0/40||Hampshire||v Sussex||Southampton||27 Jul 2015||LA|
|1/18||Hampshire||v Somerset||Southampton||23 Jul 2015||T20|
|25, 3/26||Hants 2nd XI||v MCC YC||Newport||21 Jul 2015||Other OD|
|0/24||Hampshire||v Sussex||Hove||17 Jul 2015||T20|
|5*, 1/23||Hampshire||v Gloucs||Cheltenham||14 Jul 2015||T20|
|3/21||Hampshire||v Surrey||Southampton||10 Jul 2015||T20|
There are few more effective limited-overs spinners in the county game than Danny Briggs. Before he made a surprise move down the south coast to join Sussex in 2015, he was a key figure in Hampshire's dominance in the 20-overs game, regularly producing economical spells from one of the most rhythmical actions in the game.
Briggs' ability in one-day cricket was enough for England to take a look - when he made his international debut in an ODI against Pakistan in Dubai in 2012 he became the youngest Hampshire player to represent England, as well as the first from the Isle of Wight.
But thwarted ambitions in Championship cricket provided the impetus for the softly-spoken spinner's move to Sussex at the age of 24. That frustration was illustrated in 2015 when he played only eight Championship matches for Hampshire in a season where they only avoided relegation on the last day of the season - ironically at Sussex's expense. His challenge at Sussex was to find more guile and turn.
Briggs first attracted England when he was called up to the England Lions squad for their winter tour of the Caribbean, taking 33 wickets at 18.87 in the Regional four-day Competition, and his continued development meant he was a regular in all formats for Hampshire in 2011. At the end of the season he was rewarded with a call-up to the England T20 squad to face West Indies and was included in England's ODI squad to face Pakistan in the UAE in February 2012, then later the same year for the World Twenty20.
When England summoned him for World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, he had to postpone his wedding as a result. The media revelled in that - one tabloid assuring the family that he would turn up for the rearranged date under the headline: "Aisle Be There."
All but one of his chances for England have come in the shortest format but the step up to a higher level initially put his left-arm spin under strain. His four overs against New Zealand at the World T20 were carted for 36, his only over in Pune went for 18 and two spells against Australia cost more than 50.
But at domestic level, Briggs has proved himself to be a canny operator and his ability was a crucial factor in Hampshire's appearance in four consecutive T20 Finals Day appearances from 2010. That season he took 3 for 5 in four overs at Canterbury and took what was then a club record 31 wickets as Hampshire lifted the title on their home ground. He became Hampshire's go-to bowler in the shorter format, taking 119 wickets at an average of 19.4 from 94 matches.
In the County Championship, Briggs could not rely on a regular place at Hampshire - Liam Dawson, a top-order batsman was often preferred as their spin option. But he occasionally showed what he was capable of - 4 for 93 in a dramatic win over Kent at Canterbury with just minutes to spare secured Hampshire's survival in 2010 - and his best Championship return came in 2014 with 27 wickets at 26.11 as Hampshire were promoted.
When he was released early from his Hampshire contract, he had taken 191 first-class wickets in his 67 matches, with a best of 6 for 45 which he took for the England Lions in 2011. His wickets have come at an average of 32.14, with an economy rate of only slightly over 3 runs per over.
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