Full name David Daniel Masters
Born April 22, 1978, Chatham, Kent
Current age 38 years 98 days
Major teams Essex, Kent, Leicestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|Last First-class||Essex v Leicestershire at Chelmsford, Jun 19-22, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000|
|Last List A||Essex v Glamorgan at Chelmsford, Jul 26, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Leicestershire v Yorkshire at Leicester, Jun 16, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Middlesex v Essex at Lord's, Jul 28, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/16||Essex||v Middlesex||Lord's||28 Jul 2016||T20|
|2/44||Essex||v Glamorgan||Chelmsford||26 Jul 2016||LA|
|1/50, 6||Essex||v Surrey||Chelmsford||24 Jul 2016||LA|
|2/29||Essex||v Kent||Canterbury||22 Jul 2016||T20|
|14*, 3/33, 4, 2/41||Essex||v Leics||Chelmsford||19 Jun 2016||FC|
|0/29||Essex||v Gloucs||Chelmsford||16 Jun 2016||T20|
|0/40||Essex||v Kent||Chelmsford||15 Jun 2016||LA|
|2/16, 1||Essex||v Somerset||Chelmsford||12 Jun 2016||LA|
|1/27||Essex||v Sussex||Hove||6 Jun 2016||LA|
|0/42, 6*||Essex||v Hampshire||Southampton||5 Jun 2016||LA|
A cricketer seemingly destined to be damned with faint praise - descriptions of a nagging medium-paced journeyman might have been designed specifically - David Masters earned prominence in 2011. He decimated Leicestershire (one of his old counties) with 8 for 10 as they were bowled out for 34 at Southend.
Masters has always been a dependable county performer, but a move to Essex at the start of the 2008 season seemed to spur him on. At the age of 33, he claimed 93 first-class wickets at 18.13 in 2011 - an average he bettered the following campaign. Passing 600 first-class wickets - with more than 350 coming in seven seasons with Essex - was fitting reward for Masters' skill, consistency and longevity. With Essex not always possessing strength in depth in their seam attack, he carried a big responsibility.
Masters began his career with Kent before a four-year spell with Leicestershire, followed by a little-heralded switch to Chelmsford, where he soon became the metronomically reliable leader of Essex's attack in four-day cricket. His lack of pace makes him somewhat less effective in the shorter formats, but no county batsman doubts Masters' undemonstrative virtues.
One of the few old-fashioned players to turn their focus away from cricket over the winter, Masters works as a builder - hence his nickname "Hod". Carrying bricks, he says, is a more interesting way of keeping fit than spending months in the gym. His fitness was more of a concern in 2014, when injury prevented him from passing 50 wickets for the fifth season running, but he won another year's contract for 2016, which would take him past his 38th birthday, speed now hovering around the mid-70s.
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