Full name Aaron Paul Beard
Born October 15, 1997, Chelmsford, Essex
Current age 21 years 224 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Essex, Essex 2nd XI, Essex Under-13s, Essex Under-14s, Essex Under-15s, Essex Under-17s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|First-class debut||Essex v Sri Lankans at Chelmsford, May 8-10, 2016 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Cambridge MCCU v Essex at Cambridge, Mar 26-28, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kent v Essex at Beckenham, May 5, 2019 scorecard|
|Last List A||Essex v Gloucestershire at Chelmsford, May 7, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0, 0/37, 2/35||Essex 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Billericay||14 May 2019||Other|
|3, 0/21||Essex 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Billericay||13 May 2019||Other OD|
|2, 3/51||Essex||v Gloucs||Chelmsford||7 May 2019||LA|
|22*, 0/46||Essex||v Kent||Beckenham||5 May 2019||LA|
|11, 2/39||Essex 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Billericay||1 May 2019||Other OD|
|2, 2/25||Essex 2nd XI||v MCC YC||Bradford||29 Apr 2019||Other OD|
|4||Essex 2nd XI||v Kent 2nd XI||Tunbridge Wells||23 Apr 2019||Other|
|11, 0/58||Essex 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Billericay||16 Apr 2019||Other OD|
|3/24, 1/20||Essex||v Cambs MCCU||Cambridge||26 Mar 2019||FC|
|18, 124||Essex 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Chester-le-Street||4 Sep 2018||Other|
Not many, least of all the Sri Lankan tourists, knew much of Aaron Beard when he ran in for the first ball of their 2016 tour of England, but he certainly knew how to draw attention to himself. With wickets in each of his first two overs, the 18-year-old Chelmsford-born schoolboy began his first-class career in dreamy fashion as he picked apart Sri Lanka's top order.
Beard, who has been with Essex since he was nine, ended with 4 for 62 as the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 254. Two back operations before that debut invited questions as to whether his slender frame could withstand the rigours of first-class cricket, but his mentor, Graham Napier, was just one person impressed with a fine technique. Beard played three first-class games for Essex in 2016 as the county handled him cautiously and he also represented England Under-19 and Essex 2nd XI.
Beard also had the odd distinction of being a substitute fielder for England during a 2013 Ashes warm-up against Essex aty Chelmsofrd when he was aged just 15 - a responsibility perhaps unique for somebody of such a tender age.