Full name David Andrew Griffiths
Born September 10, 1985, Newport, Isle of Wight
Current age 29 years 324 days
Major teams Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Kent
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Height 6 ft 1 in
Education Sandown High School
|First-class debut||Hampshire v Loughborough UCCE at Southampton, May 17-19, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Kent v Gloucestershire at Canterbury, Sep 23-26, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Hampshire v Gloucestershire at Southampton, May 4, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warwickshire v Kent at Birmingham, Sep 4, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Hampshire v Essex at Southampton, Jul 1, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Hampshire v Kent at Southampton, May 22, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/36||Kent||v Hampshire||Southampton||22 May 2015||T20|
|1/25||Kent 2nd XI||v Surr 2nd XI||Maidstone||19 May 2015||Other T20|
|0*, 0/41||Kent||v Sussex||Canterbury||15 May 2015||T20|
|0/22, 12, 6/63, 6||Kent||v Gloucs||Canterbury||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|12*, 2/29||Kent||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||4 Sep 2014||LA|
|2*, 2/36||Kent||v Gloucs||Canterbury||29 Aug 2014||LA|
|3/49, 0||Kent||v NZ A||Canterbury||27 Aug 2014||LA|
|2, 1/36||Kent 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Halstead||11 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|1/21||Kent||v Gloucs||Bristol||27 Jun 2014||T20|
|2, 1/52, 2/69||Kent 2nd XI||v Sussx 2nd XI||Fulking||23 Jun 2014||Other|
A succession of injuries have best the career of David Griffiths, injuries which eventually led to Hampshire releasing him with an air of frustration and regret at the end of the 2013 season. His next suitors were Kent and he voiced hopes that he could add pace and flair to what was a limited pace bowling attack. But once again he was a regular absentee, bowling only 63 overs in all competitions. His only Championship match came at the tail end of the season against Gloucestershire when his career-best 6 for 63 against Gloucestershire again left his employees hoping for more.
Griffiths is a pace bowler who came through Hampshire's Academy and gained England U-19 honours. He was given a one-year deal for the 2005 season, but there were signs of things to come when he missed the whole of that summer with a stress fracture of the back. It was not until 2009 that he managed to string together a decent run in Hampshire's 1st XI. The highlight of his summer was taking 4 for 29 to help set up a three-wicket win over Gloucestershire in a NatWest Pro40 match at the Rose Bowl.
Griffiths' seasons began to follow a familiar pattern: he upped his best Championship figures in 2010 with 5 for 85 against Essex at Chelmsford before breaking down; he improved that to 6 for 85 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge before he was again grounded. But amid all the misery he made a significant contribution in 2012 when he dismissed the England batsman, Ian Bell, on 81 in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Final at Lord's to swing the match back in Hampshire's favour.
Quite a few of England's players over the years have been born outside England. Do you know where?
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?