Full name Stuart Christopher Meaker
Born January 21, 1989, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Current age 26 years 193 days
Major teams England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Surrey, Surrey 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 1 in
Education Cranleigh School
|ODI debut||India v England at Mumbai, Oct 23, 2011 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v England at Kolkata, Oct 25, 2011 scorecard|
|T20I debut||India v England at Pune, Dec 20, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India v England at Mumbai, Dec 22, 2012 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Surrey v Loughborough UCCE at The Oval, Apr 12-14, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Surrey v Glamorgan at Guildford, Jun 15-18, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Surrey v Sussex at Croydon, May 28, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warwickshire v Surrey at Birmingham, Aug 12, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Surrey v Somerset at The Oval, Jul 2, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Kent v Surrey at Canterbury, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2*, 1/41, 0*, 2/62||Surr 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Coggeshall||21 Jul 2015||Other|
|1/33, 2/44||Surr 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Cardiff||23 Jun 2015||Other|
|0, 2/78, 0, 0/38||Surrey||v Glamorgan||Guildford||15 Jun 2015||FC|
|4, 1/76, 7, 0/29||Surr 2nd XI||v Sussx 2nd XI||Horsham||9 Jun 2015||Other|
|13, 3/92||Surrey||v Lancashire||The Oval||31 May 2015||FC|
|0/73||Surrey||v Northants||Northampton||18 May 2015||FC|
|5*, 2/74, 17*||Surr 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Guildford||11 May 2015||Other|
|1/4, 4/26||Surr 2nd XI||v MCC YC||Cheam||28 Apr 2015||Other|
|1/38, 9, 0/46||Surrey||v Oxford MCCU||Oxford||12 Apr 2015||Other|
|0, 4/39, 17*, 0/65||Surrey||v Derbyshire||The Oval||15 Sep 2014||FC|
Pietermaritzburg-born and raised before his family moved to England in 2001, Stuart Meaker has made big enough strides at Surrey to win fleeting international recognition. With a short run-up and low trajectory, he is reminiscent of Simon Jones at the bowling crease. Like Jones, Meaker has attracted plenty of attention for the pace he generates and though rumours that he was clocked at 96mph may be overcooking it, he is certainly fast.
A graduate of Cranleigh School, in 2003 he won the Telegraph fast bowling award, the Channel 4 outstanding team player award and the AA Thompson fielding award. He finished his school career by winning the EW Swanton cricket prize and within a fortnight of leaving he received an England Under-19s call-up, having played some pre-season friendlies for Surrey. He made his Surrey debut as a 19-year-old in 2008 and had a spell in grade cricket that winter in Sydney, returning in 2009 with better accuracy to join his pace. Meaker was also the first recipient of the ECB's Harold Larwood Fast Bowling Scholarship to Australia and despite struggling, with the rest of his team-mates, in 2010 made an excellent start to the 2011 season. His efforts bore fruit when he made his debut for England Lions against Sri Lanka A that summer and he was then capped by England in the ODI series in India at the end of the season.
Although he continued to interest England, playing in two T20s at the end of another India tour in 2012, his progress has been undermined by injuries and a tendency to deliver too many four-balls striving for extra pace. But his penchant for devastating spells remains, and there are few comparable talents on the county circuit.
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