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James Kirtley      

Full name Robert James Kirtley

Born January 10, 1975, Eastbourne, Sussex

Current age 39 years 225 days

Major teams England, Mashonaland, Sussex

Nickname Ambi

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Height 6 ft 0 in

Education St Andrews School, Eastbourne; Clifton College, Bristol

Relation Brother - DA Kirtley

Robert James Kirtley
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 7 1 32 12 5.33 129 24.80 0 0 1 1 3 0
ODIs 11 2 0 2 1 1.00 11 18.18 0 0 0 0 5 0
T20Is 1 1 1 2 2* - 4 50.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 170 231 76 2040 59 13.16 0 4 60 0
List A 260 94 50 447 30* 10.15 0 0 71 0
Twenty20 70 21 13 33 11* 4.12 60 55.00 0 0 3 0 18 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 4 7 1079 561 19 6/34 8/114 29.52 3.11 56.7 0 1 0
ODIs 11 11 549 481 9 2/33 2/33 53.44 5.25 61.0 0 0 0
T20Is 1 1 6 17 0 - - - 17.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 170 31915 16607 614 7/21 27.04 3.12 51.9 29 4
List A 260 11367 9135 395 6/50 6/50 23.12 4.82 28.7 14 9 0
Twenty20 70 68 1252 1674 64 4/22 4/22 26.15 8.02 19.5 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Nottingham, Aug 14-18, 2003 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (SSC), Dec 18-21, 2003 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Zimbabwe v England at Harare, Oct 3, 2001 scorecard
Last ODI West Indies v England at Georgetown, Apr 18, 2004 scorecard
ODI statistics
Only T20I Australia v England at Cape Town, Sep 14, 2007 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 1995
Last First-class Sussex v Warwickshire at Hove, Sep 9-12, 2009 scorecard
List A debut 1995
Last List A Sussex v Surrey at Hove, Sep 4, 2010 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Hampshire v Sussex at Southampton, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Nottinghamshire v Sussex at Nottingham, Jul 26, 2010 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
3/61, 2* Sussex v Surrey Hove 4 Sep 2010 LA
1/45 Sussex v Somerset Horsham 22 Aug 2010 LA
0/15 Sussx 2nd XI v Middx 2nd XI Hove 17 Aug 2010 Other OD
4/60 Sussex v Surrey Guildford 8 Aug 2010 LA
3/35 Sussex v Lancashire Manchester 3 Aug 2010 LA
0/20 Sussex v Notts Nottingham 26 Jul 2010 T20
0/37 Sussex v Glamorgan Swansea 25 Jul 2010 LA
3/33 Sussex v Worcs Hove 19 Jul 2010 LA
1/33, 0* Sussex v Hampshire Southampton 18 Jul 2010 T20
0/13 Sussex v Surrey Arundel 11 Jul 2010 T20
Profile

England's willing bridesmaid, James Kirtley was rarely a first-choice bowler, but responded to every opportunity with an unrivalled eagerness. Slim-bodied but whole-hearted, he has a rare gift for swinging the ball at pace, and speeds to the crease from a die-straight run, before completing a chest-on action with an eye-watering wrench of the back. His fitness record is solid enough, but there have been murmurs about the legality of his bowling action. Before he played for England, he was filmed by biomechanics experts and cleared by an eight-man ECB panel, but no sooner had he made his international debut, in a Harare one-dayer in October 2001, than suspicions were aired again by the match referee, Colonel Naushad Ali. With the backing of both the Sussex and England management, Kirtley carried on regardless, and returned to the side the following summer, following extensive remedial work. But he was reported twice in 2005 and again sent for remedial work at the end of the summer. There was an irony in Kirtley's return to Zimbabwe in an England shirt, as he started the rot on Mike Atherton's horror tour of 1996-97 by collecting seven wickets as Mashonaland's overseas player. In 2003 he finally made his Test debut against South Africa at Trent Bridge, and bowled England to victory with second-innings figures of 6 for 34. He was initially overlooked for the subsequent tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, but stayed on as cover for the injured James Anderson, and ended up playing in the final two Tests. Until then the highlight of his brief international career was an amazing one-handed outfield catch, off Sourav Ganguly, at Lord's in 2002. However, his career at international level was stunted by his lack of pace and the emergence of Steve Harmison and Simon Jones. A lesser character would have folded under the pressure of the questions about his action, but Kirtley came through the turmoil and bowled Sussex to victory in the 2006 C&G final with 5 for 27. Further consistent performances in domestic one-day cricket, plus England's continued inability to find reliable bowlers, then brought him a surprise international recall for the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa but his tournament amounted to one match, and one over (which cost 17), against Australia. That was his last taste of the international scene and he gradually played less first-class cricket for Sussex before ending his career in 2010 as a one-day specialist - but still a very fine performer.
Simon Briggs September 2010

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Sep 4, 2010

James Kirtley took three wickets to help set up a thrilling tie in his final game for Sussex, Sussex v Surrey, Clydesdale Bank 40, Hove, September 4 2010

James Kirtley took three wickets to help set up a thrilling tie in his final game for Sussex

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Aug 15, 2009

James Kirtley claimed the key wicket of Ian Harvey, Northamptonshire v Sussex, Twenty20 Cup semi-final, Edgbaston, August 15, 2009

James Kirtley claimed the key wicket of Ian Harvey

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Apr 27, 2008

James Kirtley roars an appeal, Essex v Sussex, Friends Provident Trophy, Chelmsford, April 27, 2008

James Kirtley roars an appeal

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Notes

NBC Denis Compton Award 1997

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2nd ODI: Eng Women v India Women at Scarborough - Aug 23
Eng Women won by 13 runs
1st Semi-Final: Surrey v Warwickshire at Birmingham - Aug 23
Warwickshire won by 16 runs
2nd Semi-Final: Hampshire v Lancashire at Birmingham - Aug 23
Lancashire won by 41 runs (D/L method)
Final: Lancashire v Warwickshire at Birmingham - Aug 23
Warwickshire 42/1 (4.1/20 ov)
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