Full name Aaron Paul Beard
Born October 15, 1997, Chelmsford, Essex
Current age 20 years 345 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||Essex v Marylebone Cricket Club at Bridgetown, Mar 27-29, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|18, 124||Essex 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Chester-le-Street||4 Sep 2018||Other|
|1/99||Essex||v Indians||Chelmsford||25 Jul 2018||Other|
|0, 1/58, 2/55||Essex 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Bristol||17 Jul 2018||Other|
|2||Essex 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Bower Ashton||16 Jul 2018||Other T20|
|1/33, 0, 1/72||Essex 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Uxbridge||10 Jul 2018||Other|
|2, 0/20||Essex 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Radlett||9 Jul 2018||Other T20|
|9, 1/15||Essex 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Radlett||9 Jul 2018||Other T20|
|20, 1/23||Essex 2nd XI||v Unicorns||Billericay||5 Jul 2018||Other T20|
|3*, 0/16||Essex 2nd XI||v Unicorns||Billericay||5 Jul 2018||Other T20|
|1/28, 103, 0/12||Essex 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Billericay||12 Jun 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.