Nigel Briers      

Full name Nigel Edwin Briers

Born January 15, 1955, Southfields, Leicester

Current age 61 years 135 days

Major teams Leicestershire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Height 6 ft 0 in

Education Lutterworth Grammar School; Borough Road College

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 381 628 61 18726 201* 33.02 31 95 152 0
List A 338 329 32 8216 119* 27.66 6 40 96 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 381 2047 988 32 4/29 30.87 2.89 63.9 0 0
List A 338 896 725 19 3/29 3/29 38.15 4.85 47.1 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1971 - 1995
List A span 1975 - 1995
Profile

Nigel Briers was a predominantly front-foot opening batsman and excellent cover fielder who led Leicestershire with distinction, and helped turn them from being a poor side into one of the leading county teams of the 1990s. In 1971 he was their youngest ever debutant (aged 16 years, 103 days), but spent the next four years establishing employment credentials in teaching and so it was not until the late 1970s that he became a regular. He lost both his form and his confidence in 1984 and 1985, and in 1986 his forearm was so badly broken in a game at Hove that he was almost forced to retire. However, he battled back and in 1990 took over as captain. Despite that and the pressures of it being his benefit year, he scored 1,996 first-class runs, and for six season he transformed the county's fortunes. He stepped down as captain at the end of 1995, signing off with 1000 runs for the 11th time, and intended to play in 1996 but was prevented from doing so by a knee injury. It was no coincidence that the county won the Championship in 1996 and 1998, that success owing much to Briers' time in charge. He is head of PE at Marlborough College.
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