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Full name Craig Murray Spearman
Born July 4, 1972, Auckland
Current age 42 years 269 days
Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Central Districts, Gloucestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Kelstone Boys High School, Auckland. Massey University, New Zealand
|Test debut||New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch, Dec 8-12, 1995 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v New Zealand at Port Elizabeth, Nov 30-Dec 4, 2000 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Pakistan at Dunedin, Dec 15, 1995 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Christchurch, Feb 11, 2001 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Derbyshire at Cheltenham, Jul 12-15, 2009 scorecard|
|List A debut||1993/94|
|Last List A||Sussex v Gloucestershire at Hove, Jul 5, 2009 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Gloucestershire v Worcestershire at Bristol, Jun 14, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire at Northampton, Jun 23, 2009 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|6||Staffs||v Wiltshire||Leek||15 Jul 2012||Other OD|
|17||Staffs||v Suffolk||Stoke-on-Trent||17 Jun 2012||Other OD|
|1c/0s||New Zealand||v Australia||Kowloon||1 Nov 2009||Other OD|
|0c/0s||New Zealand||v India||Kowloon||1 Nov 2009||Other OD|
|1c/0s||New Zealand||v Australia||Kowloon||31 Oct 2009||Other OD|
|1c/0s, 0||New Zealand||v South Africa||Kowloon||31 Oct 2009||Other OD|
|31*, 1c/0s||New Zealand||v Hong Kong||Kowloon||31 Oct 2009||Other OD|
|31||Glouc 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Bristol||28 Aug 2009||Other OD|
|19||Glouc 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Bristol||25 Aug 2009||Other|
|2||Glouc 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Bristol||7 Aug 2009||Other OD|
Primarily a one-day batsman, where his strokeplay could be destructive at the top of the order, Craig Spearman was a better player than his statistics and international record give him credit for. Having ended his New Zealand career prematurely, he went on to become a legend at Gloucestershire.
Spearman made his debut for New Zealand as an opening batsman in December 1995 against Pakistan at Christchurch. Despite reasonable success over the years, he struggled to secure a top-order batting position, and was mainly preferred for one-day matches. He scored a solitary Test hundred, 112 against Zimbabwe, and an average of only 26 did his talent no justice. And despite being considered as something of a one-day specialist he only averaged 18.72 in that form of the game.
Spearman had a business-studies degree and decided to give up his New Zealand career in 2001 for a career in banking, which brought him to London. It was there that John Bracewell, Gloucestershire coach at the time, asked if he fancied a few games at Bristol. He didn't look back and after a fairly ordinary international career became one of the county's most consistent batsmen.
In his debut season in 2002 he made 1444 first-class runs at 48.13 with five centuries and would go on to top 1000 runs in a season twice more, with six centuries in 2006. But it was 2004 that he really left his mark after breaking WG Grace's record for the highest first-class score for the county. The 128-year-old record fell when Spearman made 341 against Middlesex at Archdeacon Meadow, Gloucester.
He also helped the Glosters to Twenty20 Finals day in 2003 and 2007 and back-to-back C&G Trophy titles in 2003 and 2004, scoring 70 in the latter. His career was effectively ended when Johannes van der Wath shattered his eye socket with a bouncer at Milton Keynes in 2008; he struggled on with little success, fewer appearances and left the county a year before his contract expired at the end of 2009.
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