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Full name Benjamin Ward Gannon
Born September 5, 1975, Oxford
Current age 39 years 79 days
Major teams Gloucestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|Last First-class||Kent v Middlesex at Canterbury, May 14-17, 2003 scorecard|
|List A debut||1999|
|Last List A||Middlesex v Hampshire at Lord's, Sep 14, 2003 scorecard|
Injury could not have come at a worse time for Ben Gannon. With Gloucestershire missing Mike Smith and Jon Lewis for most of the 2001 season, this would have been the perfect chance for the Oxford-born paceman dramatically to enhance his reputation. In the final statistics, Gannon only played five Championship games, returning a disappointing eight wickets at close to 50. The matches were consecutive in the middle of the season, before he slipped out of the spotlight.
When fit, Gannon is a tough prospect. He gets consistent pace and bounce even on traditionally sluggish Bristol pitches. Tall and lean, he is an aggressive, wicket-taking bowler. His first-class wicket tally stands at 70, with an impressive strike-rate - averaging a wicket every eight overs. He has a steeply rising, skiddy bouncer, which can find out the faint-hearted or the over-confident. He does perhaps use this too liberally, and in striving for extra pace bowls a lot of boundary balls.
His batting conversely is not the swashbuckling affair one might expect of such a player. He'll never give bowlers nightmares with his awkward technique, but he is capable of occasional spells of stubborn defence.
Of course, when Gannon struggles, he can become a liability. So long as he's fit next year, Gloucestershire should be prepared to risk him. (Sean Beynon, Copyright CricInfo January 2002)
NBC Denis Compton Award 1999
Plays of the day from the fifth ODI in Ranchi
Shorter tours don't allow you time to get into form, and domestic cricket isn't demanding enough