Full name Paul Merwood Best
Born March 8, 1991, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Current age 25 years 108 days
Major teams Cambridge MCCU, Cambridge University, England Under-19s, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Warwickshire 2nd XI, Warwickshire Under-19s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|First-class debut||Cambridge MCCU v Essex at Cambridge, Apr 2-4, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Oxford MCCU v Warwickshire at Oxford, Apr 7-9, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Leicestershire v Warwickshire at Leicester, May 15, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||Lancashire v Warwickshire at Manchester, Sep 1, 2012 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Glamorgan v Warwickshire at Cardiff, Jun 17, 2012 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Yorkshire v Warwickshire at Leeds, Jul 18, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/28||Warwickshire||v Barbados XI||Bridgetown||15 Mar 2015||Other T20|
|5, 1/52, 3*||Warwcks 2nd||v Glam 2nd XI||Coventry||22 Jul 2014||Other|
|3/44||Warwcks 2nd||v Glam 2nd XI||Sutton Coldfield||21 Jul 2014||Other OD|
|0/29||Warwickshire||v Yorkshire||Leeds||18 Jul 2014||T20|
|1/90, 23, 0, 1/39||Warwcks 2nd||v Notts 2nd XI||Birmingham||15 Jul 2014||Other|
|1/46, 7||Warwcks 2nd||v Notts 2nd XI||Birmingham||14 Jul 2014||Other OD|
|0/57, 23||Warwcks 2nd||v Yorks 2nd XI||Pudsey||16 Jun 2014||Other OD|
|59*, 4/73, 0*||Warwcks 2nd||v Durham 2nd||Coventry||10 Jun 2014||Other|
|1/43||Warwcks 2nd||v Yorks 2nd XI||Stamford Bridge||2 Jun 2014||Other|
|10*, 0/19||Warwcks 2nd||v Glouc 2nd XI||Cheltenham||19 May 2014||Other T20|
Paul Best was a left-arm spinner and solid batsman who seemed destined for a decent career in the game before injury intervened. His retirement just before the start of the 2015 season because two stress fractures had "taken their toll" on his body was a sad end for a batsman / left-arm spinner who had been promising enough to captain both England U19s and Warwickshire second X1 while still in his teens and who retired with a short but impressive first-class record.
Best scored a half-century on first-class debut (for Cambridge MCCU against Essex) in 2011 and followed it with a five-wicket haul in his next match (against Middlesex). After a brief glimpse of Championship action with Warwickshire, he set-up a rare victory for Cambridge MCCU over a county, with an innings of 150 against a Surrey team captained Kevin Pietersen. It was the first time a first-class county had been defeated at Fenner's having been bowled out in their second innings since 1982.
In the traditional first-class fixture against Oxford University at Lord's (he studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Homerton, Cambridge), he followed a haul of 6-86 in the first-class match with 61 from 30 balls in the 50-over encounter.
He was then loaned by Warwickshire to Northants, rendering him the first man to play for four first-class counties (Warwickshire, Northants and both Cambridge teams) in the same English domestic season. He also played several of Warwickshire's CB40 games as they made it to the final of the 2012 CB40 competition.
But he was diagnosed with a stress fracture of the back in 2013 and, just as it appeared he was returning to full fitness, a very similar injury occured in 2014. After another year, he decided to pursue other opportunities.
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