Full name David Daniel Masters
Born April 22, 1978, Chatham, Kent
Current age 37 years 135 days
Major teams Essex, Kent, Leicestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|Last First-class||Kent v Essex at Tunbridge Wells, Jul 19-21, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000|
|Last List A||Essex v Yorkshire at Chelmsford, Aug 27, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Leicestershire v Yorkshire at Leicester, Jun 16, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Essex at Birmingham, Aug 13, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/29, 7||Essex||v Yorkshire||Chelmsford||27 Aug 2015||LA|
|0/19||Essex||v Sussex||Hove||19 Aug 2015||LA|
|0/24, 1*||Essex||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||13 Aug 2015||T20|
|1/53||Essex||v Middlesex||Colchester||5 Aug 2015||LA|
|2/49||Essex||v Hampshire||Southampton||4 Aug 2015||LA|
|0*, 2/28||Essex||v Notts||Chelmsford||2 Aug 2015||LA|
|0/39, 1||Essex||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||31 Jul 2015||LA|
|0/24||Essex||v Warwickshire||Chelmsford||29 Jul 2015||LA|
|1/20||Essex||v Lancashire||Chelmsford||27 Jul 2015||LA|
|5, 0/85, 8||Essex||v Kent||Tunbridge Wells||19 Jul 2015||FC|
A cricketer seemingly destined to be damned with faint praise - descriptions of a nagging medium-paced journeyman might have been designed specifically - David Masters earned prominence in 2011. He decimated Leicestershire (one of his old counties) with 8 for 10 as they were bowled out for 34 at Southend.
Masters has always been a dependable county performer, but a move to Essex at the start of the 2008 season seemed to spur him on. At the age of 33, he claimed 93 first-class wickets at 18.13 in 2011 - an average he bettered the following campaign. Passing 600 first-class wickets - with more than 350 coming in seven seasons with Essex - was fitting reward for Masters' skill, consistency and longevity.
Masters began his career with Kent before a four-year spell with Leicestershire, followed by a little-heralded switch to Chelmsford, where he soon became the metronomically reliable leader of Essex's attack in four-day cricket. His lack of pace makes him somewhat less effective in the shorter formats, but no county batsman doubts Masters' undemonstrative virtues.
One of the few old-fashioned players to turn their focus away from cricket over the winter, Masters works as a builder - hence his nickname "Hod". Carrying bricks, he says, is a more interesting way of keeping fit than spending months in the gym. His fitness was more of a concern in 2014, when injury prevented him from passing 50 wickets for the fifth season running, but he was expected to play on into 2015 and past his 37th birthday.