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Paul Parker      

Full name Paul William Giles Parker

Born January 15, 1956, Bulawayo, Rhodesia

Current age 61 years 164 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 Insights on test 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 Insights on test 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
Durham v Worcs at Chester-le-Street - Jun 26-29
Durham 197 Worcs 367 (86.4 ov)
Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford - Jun 26-29
Middlesex 246 Essex 442/1 (115 ov)
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff - Jun 26-29
Derbyshire 288 & 103/4 (28 ov) Glamorgan 237
Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton - Jun 26-29
Hampshire 211/9d Somerset 135/8 (46.1 ov)
Northants v Leics at Northampton - Jun 26-29
Northants 261 & 233/5 (51.1 ov) Leics 157
Notts v Kent at Nottingham - Jun 26-29
Kent 180 & 166/5 (55.4 ov) Notts 371
Sussex v Gloucs at Hove - Jun 26-29
Sussex 358/9d Gloucs 120/1 (41 ov)
Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham - Jun 26-29
Lancashire 273 & 146/4 (54 ov) Warwickshire 321
Yorkshire v Surrey at Leeds - Jun 26-29
Surrey 516/7d Yorkshire 27/1 (10.5 ov)
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