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Paul Parker      

Full name Paul William Giles Parker

Born January 15, 1956, Bulawayo, Rhodesia

Current age 58 years 246 days

Major teams England, Cambridge University, Durham, Natal, Sussex

Nickname Porky, Polly

Batting style Right-hand bat

Height 5 ft 10 in

Education Collyer's Grammar School: St Catherine's College, Cambridge

Paul William Giles Parker
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 2 0 13 13 6.50 49 26.53 0 0 2 0 0 0
First-class 371 633 79 19419 215 35.05 47 89 257 0
List A 341 324 42 8606 121* 30.51 6 58 129 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 371 1111 769 11 2/21 69.90 4.15 101.0 0 0
List A 341 59 61 5 2/3 2/3 12.20 6.20 11.8 0 0 0
Career statistics
Only Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 27-Sep 1, 1981 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1976-1993
List A span 1976-1993
Profile

Of England's many one-cap wonders of the 1980s, Paul Parker was one of the most unfortunate. An entertaining and correct middle-order batsman, Parker was particularly sound against spin and was notable for his swift running between the wickets - and his cover fielding was so outstanding that many considered him effectively an allrounder. Although he scored 0 and 13 in the final Test against Australia in 1981, few thought that would be the extent of his international career. With his reputation against slow bowling, it was a surprise he was omitted for the following winter's tour of India and Sri Lanka, but thereafter his form was never consistent enough to attract the selectors' attention. His first-class debut for Cambridge University was dramatic. He began with 0, 16, 8, 8 and 2 before hammering 215 against Essex; that was followed with a pair and then 40 and 148. He won Blues in his three years at the university, and but for injury would probably have added at least one for rugby as well. His captaincy of Sussex was widely praised, and after retiring he became a classics master at Tonbridge.
Martin Williamson

Latest Photos

Jun 10, 1985

Paul Parker batting at Horsham in 1985

Paul Parker batting at Horsham

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Notes

Sussex Cricket Society Player of the Year 1978, 1979, 1986, 1988
Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year 1979

Country Fixtures Country Results
Hampshire v Kent at Southampton - Sep 15-18
Kent 507 Hampshire 351 & 172/2 (f/o)
Notts v Sussex at Nottingham - Sep 15-18
Sussex 391 & 406/6d Notts 413 & 68/3
Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton - Sep 15-18
Somerset 523/9d Middlesex 223 & 279/2 (f/o)
Final: Durham v Warwickshire at Lord's
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Derbyshire v Leics at Derby
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Essex v Worcs at Chelmsford
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
Glamorgan v Hampshire at Cardiff
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Kent v Gloucs at Canterbury
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Lancashire v Middlesex at Manchester
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
Northants v Sussex at Northampton
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
Yorkshire v Somerset at Leeds
Sep 23-26, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
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