Brian Brain      

Full name Brian Maurice Brain

Born September 13, 1940, Worcester

Current age 73 years 223 days

Major teams Gloucestershire, Minor Counties, Worcestershire

Nickname Brainy

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Height 6 ft 2 in

Education King's School, Worcester

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 259 271 68 1704 57 8.39 0 1 50 0
List A 204 99 39 497 33 8.28 0 0 36 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 259 20194 824 8/55 24.50 33 6
List A 204 9776 5842 290 4/13 4/13 20.14 3.58 33.7 12 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1959-1981
List A span 1969-1982
Profile

Brian Brain was a fast-medium opening bowler who made his debut for Worcestershire as a 17-year-old in 1959 but, despite taking nine wickets at 21 in two outings, had to wait five years before getting another chance. He grabbed that with both hands, taking 6 for 93 and 4 for 73 against Somerset, and he was a key part of the side as they completed their successful chase for their first Championship. He chipped in with 44 wickets as Worcestershire retained their crown in 1965, but still failed to secure a permanent first-team slot. In 1969 he finally did so, taking 73 wickets, but in 1970 he left the county but continued to play one-day cricket for them. He rejoined in 1973, and in both that and the next season he took 84 wickets, winning his third Championship medal in 1974. In 1976 he was not re-engaged by Worcester and so moved to Gloucestershire, enjoying an Indian summer with them. In 1977 he took 3 for 9 as they won the B&H Cup (he had been a losing finalist at Lord's twice with Worcester) and in 1977 and 1978 took 153 first-class wickets at 21, including 7 for 51 against the Australians. Although he was still opening the bowling aged 40, he struggled in 1981 and lost his place in the side. He retired at the end of the summer.
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Sep 3, 1974

Norman Gifford gets a champagne shampoo after Worcestershire are confirmed as 1974 County Champions.  From left to right Glenn Turner, John Inchmore, Ron Headley, Jim Yardley, Brian Brain, Vanburn Holder (behind Gifford) and Alan Ormrod, Chelmsford, September 3, 1974

Norman Gifford gets a champagne shampoo after Worcestershire are confirmed as 1974 County Champions

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