Full name Neil James Edwards
Born October 14, 1983, Treliske, Truro, Cornwall
Current age 33 years 163 days
Major teams Cornwall, England Under-19s, Somerset
Nickname Toastie, Shanksy
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 6 ft 3 in
Education Cape Cornwall School; Richard Huish College
|Last First-class||Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire at Nottingham, Sep 11-14, 2012 scorecard|
|List A debut||Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton, Jul 30, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Nottinghamshire v Glamorgan at Nottingham, Aug 27, 2012 scorecard|
|Only Twenty20||Worcestershire v Somerset at Worcester, Jun 24, 2003 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|3, 53||Notts||v Warwickshire||Nottingham||11 Sep 2012||FC|
|31||Notts||v Surrey||The Oval||4 Sep 2012||FC|
|58||Notts||v Glamorgan||Nottingham||27 Aug 2012||LA|
|80, 14||Notts 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Nottingham||15 Aug 2012||Other|
|7||Notts 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Sookholme||14 Aug 2012||Other OD|
|0, 3||Notts 2nd XI||v Leics 2nd XI||Kibworth||8 Aug 2012||Other|
|138, 33||Notts 2nd XI||v Yorks 2nd XI||Nottingham||17 Jul 2012||Other|
|25, 43*||Notts 2nd XI||v MCC Uni||Nottingham||11 Jul 2012||Other|
|94||Notts 2nd XI||v Unicorns A||Long Eaton||21 Jun 2012||Other OD|
|39||Notts 2nd XI||v England U19||Long Eaton||11 Jun 2012||Other T20|
Neil Edwards is a left-handed former England Under-19 batsman who marked his promise by scoring 160 for Somerset against Hampshire in 2003, winning an award for the best performance by an uncapped player in the process and attracting comparisons with his mentor, Marcus Trescothick, whose upright stance Edwards mirrors. Yet he failed to kick, missing an opportunity as Somerset put their faith in their young batsmen. He fared more respectably in the Championship in 2006 and enjoyed a productive season in 2007, topping 1,250 runs in first-class matches, before playing for Richmond CC in Melbourne during the 2007-08 winter.
After two less successful years he moved to Nottinghamshire in 2010 and made 85 on his Championship debut against Kent, only to suffer a loss of form and a broken hand. His 2011 season followed a similar pattern. After another indifferent run of form, he was sidelined again, this time with a fractured forearm, and struggled to make an impact in 2012, scoring only 317 runs from 15 Championship innings, after which Nottinghamshire announced he would not be offered a new contract for 2013.
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