Full name Paul James Horton
Born September 20, 1982, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Current age 35 years 26 days
Major teams Lancashire, Lancashire 2nd XI, Lancashire Cricket Board, Matabeleland Tuskers
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 5 ft 10 in
Education Colo High School, Sydney; Broadgreen Comp Liverpool; St Margaret's High School
|First-class debut||Durham UCCE v Lancashire at Durham, May 21-23, 2003 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Leicestershire v Durham at Leicester, Aug 6-9, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||2003|
|Last List A||Derbyshire v Leicestershire at Derby, Aug 1, 2016 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Nottinghamshire v Lancashire at Nottingham, Jun 24, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Northamptonshire v Leicestershire at Northampton, Jun 26, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|130||Leics 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Desborough||22 Aug 2017||Other|
|38||Leics||v Durham||Leicester||6 Aug 2017||FC|
|4, 83||Leics 2nd XI||v Derby 2nd XI||Kibworth||19 Jul 2017||Other|
|9, 35||Leics||v Sussex||Arundel||5 Jul 2017||FC|
|5, 26||Leics||v Northants||Northampton||26 Jun 2017||FC|
|31, 6||Leics||v Notts||Nottingham||19 Jun 2017||FC|
|71, 16||Leics||v Sussex||Leicester||9 Jun 2017||FC|
|20, 56||Leics||v Derbyshire||Derby||25 May 2017||FC|
|48, 40||Leics||v Kent||Leicester||19 May 2017||FC|
|277*||Leics 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Birmingham||3 May 2017||Other|
Paul Horton, once regarded as a batsman whose measured style was best suited to four-day cricket, gradually developed into a versatile performer in all forms of the game, as adept at scoring runs quickly as building an innings patiently. He also gained a reputation as one of the best slip fielders on the English county circuit.
Born and raised in Sydney, Horton moved to Liverpool and became part of the Lancashire set-up at Under-17 level, where he was captain before taking the same role with the U-19s. A consistent run-scorer in Second XI cricket, he struggled at first to force his way into a strong Lancashire team but when his chance came in 2007 he took it with both hands.
Three Championship centuries that season -- helping him win the Player of the Year award -- preceded two more in 2008 and a Lancashire-best 173 against Somerset at Taunton in 2009. He spent a couple of English winters in Zimbabwe, where he made his career-best 209 for Matabeleland Tuskers in January 2011.
He shone in particular in Lancashire's title-winning 2011 season, when had he not developed an unfortunate tendency to be out in the 90s he might even have merited a look by the England selectors. His 1,040 Championship runs included four scores between 93 and 99 but no centuries. A technically reliable opener in four-day cricket, he made unbeaten scores of 97 and 95 in the Clydesdale Bank 40 batting in the middle order, in which role he further demonstrated his adaptability by hitting 49 off 45 balls as Lancashire reached finals day in the Friends Life T20 by beating Sussex at Hove.
There were not many Lancashire players who did not fall below their 2011 standard in 2012 but Horton still contributed some memorable efforts, notably a seven-and-a-half-hour epic innings at Edgbaston in May, when he batted out the final day to finish unbeaten on 137 to deny Warwickshire victory. He became Lancashire's preferred captaincy stand-in for Glen Chapple as his stock rose and by 2014, unanticipated by many, he was most successful in the limited-overs game, leading Lancashire to the NatWest T20 Blast final.
He was overlooked for the captaincy when Tom Smith was named as Glen Chapple's successor while Steven Croft was named vice-captain. When Lancashire released him in 2015, with 9,522 first-class runs logged at an average of 37.63, Leicestershire, determinedly rebuilding after three successive seasons at the foot of Division Two, gave him an opportunity to extend his career.