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Full name Owen Thomas Parkin
Born September 24, 1972, Coventry, Warwickshire
Current age 42 years 185 days
Major teams Dorset, Glamorgan
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Last First-class||Glamorgan v India A at Swansea, Jul 24-26, 2003 scorecard|
|List A debut||1992|
|Last List A||Worcestershire v Glamorgan at Worcester, Jul 29, 2003 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Warwickshire v Glamorgan at Birmingham, Jun 20, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Gloucestershire v Glamorgan at Bristol, Jun 24, 2003 scorecard|
Swing bowler Owen Parkin burst onto the county scene in 1996, taking 5-28 on his Sunday League debut against Sussex at Hove. It was a worthy reward for the former Bath University student who had spent much of the previous summer on the sidelines after a serious back injury. Corrective surgery and long hours at Glamorgan's Indoor School resulted in a full return to fitness.
Parkin continued his progress in 1998, and in 1999 Parkin topped the county`s bowling averages. He has subsequently become an integral member of the county`s attack in one day cricket, and his fine bowling in the Benson and Hedges Cup matches in 2000 was one of the factors behind Glamorgan playing in their first Lord`s final since 1977.
Although he was born in Coventry, Parkin`s family hail from Gwent. He was educated in
Bournemouth and played Minor County cricket for Dorset in 1992. The following summer
Parkin joined the Glamorgan staff and in 1994 he made his first-class debut
against Middlesex at Lord's.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.