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Full name Christopher Eric Wilfred Silverwood
Born March 5, 1975, Pontefract, Yorkshire
Current age 38 years 80 days
Major teams England, Mashonaland Eagles, Middlesex, Yorkshire
Nickname Spoons, Silvers, Chubby
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 1 in
Education Garforth Comprehensive
|Test debut||Zimbabwe v England at Bulawayo, Dec 18-22, 1996 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Perth, Nov 29-Dec 1, 2002 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v England at Bulawayo, Dec 15, 1996 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v England at Bulawayo, Oct 13, 2001 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Matabeleland Tuskers v Mashonaland Eagles at Bulawayo, Oct 14-17, 2009 scorecard|
|List A debut||1993|
|Last List A||Matabeleland Tuskers v Mashonaland Eagles at Bulawayo, Oct 19, 2009 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Leeds, Jun 14, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Middlesex v Sussex at Lord's, Jun 28, 2009 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/23||Essex 2nd XI||v Surr 2nd XI||Coggeshall||14 Jun 2011||Other|
|-||Essex 2nd XI||v MCC YC||Radlett||11 May 2011||Other|
|-||Essex 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Chelmsford||4 May 2011||Other|
|-||Essex 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Chelmsford||18 Aug 2010||Other|
|0/42||Eagles||v Tuskers||Bulawayo||19 Oct 2009||LA|
|3/47, 0*, 0/23||Eagles||v Tuskers||Bulawayo||14 Oct 2009||FC|
|1/73, 10, 14, 0/11||Middlesex||v Kent||Uxbridge||9 Sep 2009||FC|
|1/25||Middx 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Bristol||28 Aug 2009||Other OD|
|16*, 2/25, 0/23||Middx 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Bristol||25 Aug 2009||Other|
|1, 0/56, 38, 1/56||Middx 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Uxbridge||19 Aug 2009||Other|
Wholehearted, zippy and with an unnerving bouncer that zeroes in on the batsman's head, Silverwood is an excellent county seamer who falls just short of Test class. His whirling action generates real pace - England bowling coach Bob Cottam once said he was faster than Allan Donald - but he lacks the consistency to trouble the best. As a Yorkshireman, Silverwood thrived on the helpful Headingley greentops, where his natural movement away from the right-hander was exaggerated.
He impressed on Test debut in Bulawayo in 1996-97, but then had to wait three years until his next chance, on England's tour of South Africa. Silverwood struggled there when the ball didn't swing, and despite plugging away for five wickets at Durban, dropped down the pecking order.
At the end of 2005 he left Yorkshire and moved to Middlesex. The move appeared to be justified when he took 63 wickets at 25.25 in 2006, but he struggled for form and also was sidelined by injuries, leading to him being released at the end of the 2009 season.
His batting is straight and correct, if limited. His private life is just straight: Silverwood is one of the county circuit's few teetotallers.
NBC Denis Compton Award 1996
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