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Barrie Meyer      

Full name Barrie John Meyer

Born August 21, 1932, Bournemouth, Hampshire

Current age 82 years 33 days

Major teams Gloucestershire

Nickname BJ

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Umpire

Height 5 ft 10 in

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 406 569 191 5367 63 14.19 0 11 707 119
List A 44 25 5 134 21 6.70 0 0 47 5
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 406 30 28 0 - - - 5.60 - 0 0 0
List A 44 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1957-1971
List A span 1963-1971
Umpiring statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at The Oval, Jul 27-Aug 1, 1978 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 19-23, 1993 scorecard
Test matches 26
Test statistics
ODI debut England v Australia at Manchester, Jun 2, 1977 scorecard
Last ODI England v Australia at Manchester, May 19, 1993 scorecard
ODI matches 23
ODI statistics

Barrie Meyer came to cricket by accident. Signed as a footballer by Bristol Rovers - he scored 60 times for them in 139 league matches (including one in the famous 4-0 FA Cup victory over Manchester United in 1951) and had equally useful spells with Plymouth, Newport County and Bristol City) he earned some extra cash by helping the Gloucestershire groundstaff in the summer. But it soon became apparent that he was a more than capable wicketkeeper, even if his batting was poor, and he was a regular in the county side for 15 seasons. On retiring, he immediately took up umpiring and, by his own admission, "was fairly useless for the first three years but somehow I stayed on". He grew in stature and in the 1980s was one of the most respected officials. He stood in two World Cup finals (1979 and 1983) and some memorable Tests, including Headingley 1981. In the off seasons he coached and umpired in South Africa.
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