Full name James Alexander Porter
Born May 25, 1993, Leytonstone, Essex
Current age 25 years 151 days
Major teams England Lions, Essex, Essex 2nd XI, Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers, Middlesex Under-17s, Middlesex Under-19s
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Education Oak Park High School, Newbury Park; Epping College
|First-class debut||Essex v Kent at Chelmsford, Sep 9-11, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Surrey v Essex at The Oval, Sep 24-27, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Hampshire v Essex at Southampton, Aug 4, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Essex v Yorkshire at Chelmsford, Jun 14, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford, Jul 7, 2017 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Somerset v Essex at Taunton, Aug 3, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|4/26, 1, 2/127, 4||Essex||v Surrey||The Oval||24 Sep 2018||FC|
|7/41, 4/57||Essex||v Worcs||Chelmsford||18 Sep 2018||FC|
|4/50, 8, 2/77||Essex||v Notts||Nottingham||10 Sep 2018||FC|
|2/87, 12, 31||Essex||v Surrey||Chelmsford||4 Sep 2018||FC|
|5*, 1/38, 0/49||Essex||v Hampshire||Chelmsford||29 Aug 2018||FC|
|3/82, 2, 1/44, 0||Essex||v Somerset||Taunton||19 Aug 2018||FC|
|1*, 0/17||Essex||v Somerset||Taunton||3 Aug 2018||T20|
|0/30, 1*||Essex||v Kent||Canterbury||2 Aug 2018||T20|
|0/21||Essex||v Hampshire||Chelmsford||21 Jul 2018||T20|
|0, 1/36, 2/43||Eng Lions||v India A||Worcester||16 Jul 2018||FC|
Jamie Porter, a slender seam bowler of lively pace with a knack for the wicket-taking ball, was a central figure in Essex's first Championship win for 25 years, in 2017, as his seam bowling and the offspin of Simon Harmer hounded rivals all summer long. Between them they took 147 wickets, with Porter's 75 at 16.83 runs apiece leading the wicket-taking table as well as winning him many accolades, including from the Cricket Writers' Club which voted him their Player of the Year. Porter was an archetypal county pace bowler, his speeds not too far above 80mph, the sort of pace that England habitually sniffed at, but movement both ways, off the seam and in the air, making him a constant menace. England recognised his quality by naming him in a Lions squad to shadow the senior side heading to Australia to contest the Ashes.
At 25, he became one of the most deserving England call-ups of recent years, as far as students of Championship form were concerned, when he was named in the England squad for the first Test against India at Edgbaston. But the summer passed by without him making what would have been a particularly rewarding Test debut for a player who had failed he would never make it as a professional.
A product of MCC Young Cricketers and Chingford CC in the Essex League, Porter had failed to make the grade as a teenager at either Essex or Middlesex and after three years of Second XI cricket had almost given up hope of a career in the county game, beginning a career in recruitment. But he decided to give it one last go with Essex and after impressing with the 2nd XI, which included taking an eight wickets in an innings against Sussex, he was given his first-class debut in September 2014. He took a wicket with his fifth ball in senior cricket and progressed quickly over the following two seasons.
He took 50-plus wickets for Essex in 2015 and 2016 to establish himself as a county seam bowler of considerable promise, spearheading Essex's attack as they won the Division Two title in 2016. Paul Grayson, his coach at the time, termed him "refreshing" because of the way he was constantly asking questions of a batsman. Among his happiest memories are the six wickets he took against the touring Australians in 2015. Porter showed his competitive streak by identifying David Warner as a batsman he would be targeting ahead of the match and then was as good as his word as he bowled the opener for 4 in Australia's second innings.
It was presumed that life in Division One would be harder for Essex, Porter included, but he masterfully filled the gap left by the retirement of two old salts, David Masters and Graham Napier, one of many highlights being a career-best 7 for 55 against Somerset at Chelmsford in late August as Essex rushed towards the title with an authority that belied the fact they had only been promoted the previous autumn. Although Essex failed to defend their title, he again led their wickets tally in 2018 with 58 Championship wickets.