Full name John Andrew Simpson
Born July 13, 1988, Bury, Lancashire
Current age 29 years 15 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Lancashire, Lancashire 2nd XI, Marylebone Cricket Club, Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|First-class debut||Northamptonshire v Middlesex at Northampton, Sep 2-4, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Middlesex at Birmingham, Jul 3-6, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kent v Middlesex at Canterbury, Aug 9, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford, May 12, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Middlesex v Sussex at Lord's, Jun 28, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Middlesex v Essex at Lord's, Jul 27, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|51, 0c/0s||Middlesex||v Essex||Lord's||27 Jul 2017||T20|
|26, 2c/0s||Middlesex||v Somerset||Taunton||23 Jul 2017||T20|
|1c/0s, 27||Middlesex||v Surrey||The Oval||21 Jul 2017||T20|
|2, 0c/0s||Middlesex||v Kent||Richmond||20 Jul 2017||T20|
|0c/0s, 27||Middlesex||v Somerset||Uxbridge||16 Jul 2017||T20|
|0c/0s, 37*||Middlesex||v Hampshire||Southampton||14 Jul 2017||T20|
|1c/0s, 7||Middlesex||v Surrey||Lord's||13 Jul 2017||T20|
|1c/0s, 15||Middlesex||v Gloucs||Cheltenham||7 Jul 2017||T20|
|3c/0s, 24, 1c/0s, 40||Middlesex||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||3 Jul 2017||FC|
|5, 0c/0s, 21||Middlesex||v Essex||Chelmsford||26 Jun 2017||FC|
John Simpson, a neat and reliable wicketkeeper capable of useful contributions with the bat, has had his admirers among Middlesex supporters who have proposed him for England Test honours, but a first-class average hovering in the early 30s has never really advanced his claims. All that was forgotten, though, on a memorable final afternoon at Taunton when his 79 not out from 80 balls, rounded off with two legside sixes, completed a thrilling Middlesex run chase at Taunton that proved to be an inspirational factor in a season that brought their first Championship title for 23 years. A hundred against Hampshire in May that year, the fifth first-class hundred of his career, was another strikingly fluent display.
Simpson played first-team Lancashire League cricket for Haslingden when only ten years old and went on to represent Lancashire in every age group from Under-11 upwards. Yet, despite appearing for Lancashire seconds and earning his first England Under-19s call-up for the 2005 tour of Bangladesh, it took a move to Middlesex to realise his ambition of becoming a professional cricketer. Initially given a short contract at Lord's, the left-handed batsman-keeper really came into his own during the 2011 season when 869 runs at 43.45 and 65 victims behind the stumps played a big part in the county's promotion campaign. Division One runs initially proved harder to come by but Simpson's keeping almost always impressed and in 2014 he had the satisfaction of hitting two Championship hundreds to cement his place in the side.
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