Full name Edmund James Holden Eckersley
Born August 9, 1989, Oxford
Current age 29 years 165 days
Major teams Leicestershire, Leicestershire 2nd XI, Marylebone Cricket Club, Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers, Middlesex 2nd XI, Mountaineers
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|First-class debut||Leicestershire v Surrey at Leicester, Aug 23-25, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Leicestershire v Warwickshire at Leicester, Sep 10-12, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Marylebone Cricket Club v Bangladesh A at Durham, Aug 1, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Leicestershire v Lancashire at Oakham, May 31, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Mountaineers v Kenya at Harare, Nov 19, 2011 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Leicestershire v Northamptonshire at Leicester, Aug 17, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|13, 2c/0s, 23||Leics||v Warwickshire||Leicester||10 Sep 2018||FC|
|2c/0s, 1, 3c/0s, 0||Leics||v Sussex||Hove||4 Sep 2018||FC|
|2c/0s, 6, 1c/0s, 8||Leics||v Gloucs||Bristol||29 Aug 2018||FC|
|17, 5c/0s, 0, 1c/0s||Leics||v Kent||Leicester||19 Aug 2018||FC|
|6, 1c/0s||Leics||v Northants||Leicester||17 Aug 2018||T20|
|-||Leics||v Derbyshire||Derby||11 Aug 2018||T20|
|4, 1c/1s||Leics||v Worcs||Leicester||10 Aug 2018||T20|
|0c/1s, 39*||Leics||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||8 Aug 2018||T20|
|0c/0s||Leics||v Lancashire||Manchester||3 Aug 2018||T20|
|16, 0c/0s||Leics||v Bears||Leicester||2 Aug 2018||T20|
Ned Eckersley left Leicestershire's awards night in 2013 downladen with trophies. He won six, including being named Leicestershire's Cricketer of the Year as well as collecting the Player of the Year honour from both supporters and players alike. Other awards piled up for batting and fielding, the latter illustrating that his keeping had also come on leaps and bounds).
It was perhaps his final award, though, that put his awards in context. That was for the outstanding performance of the season: an innings of 147 against Essex at Chelmsford. Leicestershire went on to lose the match by an innings and did not win a Championship game all season as they finished rooted to the foot of Division Two. Eckersley was one of the few bright spots, amassing 1,302 first-class runs at an average of over 50 as well as making useful one-day contributions.
He registered five centuries in all competitions, including two in the same game against Worcestershire: the first Leicestershire player since Brad Hodge to achieve that feat. He also made a maiden YB40 hundred against Yorkshire. As new helm masters - coach Andrew McDonald and captain Mark Cosgrove - took over in 2015, amid a high turnover of players, Eckersley, as vice captain, had become a key figure, but a third successive bottom finish in the Championship, and his own faltering runs tally, told that progress would not be easy. Indeed, one of his tasks as a stand-in captain was to apologise publicly for an abject one-day display against Somerset.
Eckersley, a wicketkeeper-batsman and a former member of the MCC Groundstaff, joined Leicestershire in pre-season in 2011 and immediately made an impression in Second XI cricket, scoring more than 1,300 runs at that level in his first season.
In August of that year, shortly after his 22nd birthday, he was promoted to Leicestershire's Championship side for the last four matches of the summer and continued the upward curve, making a century against Middlesex at Grace Road in his seventh innings. He then spent part of the close season playing for Mountaineers in Zimbabwe.
Back in England in 2012 he made more progress, scoring almost 1,000 runs for the senior Leicestershire side in all cricket, including more than 700 in first-class matches at 30.79. He demonstrated versatility at the crease, batting for more than six-and-a half hours for his career-best 137 not out against Glamorgan in Cardiff during a match-saving second-wicket stand of 245 in 88.4 overs with Michael Thornely, yet on another occasion hitting 72 from 44 balls to help Leicestershire beat Worcestershire in a 40-over match, including seven sixes.
In 2016, Eckersley became just the third man to make three centuries in successive matches for Leicestershire, following Ben Smith in 2001 and Charles Dempster before the Second World War.
The following two years were a let-down, however: even a career-best 159 against Derbyshire came out of a Leicestershire total of 600-plus on a Derby pitch that flattered batsmen on both sides. He was released by Leicestershire at the end of the 2018 season.