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Full Name

Liam Connor Norwell

Born

December 27, 1991, Bournemouth, Dorset

Age

31y 37d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Fast medium

Playing Role

Bowler

Liam Norwell bowled his way onto England Lions' tour of Australia in 2021-22, after spearheading Warwickshire's charge to the County Championship in the English summer with 49 wickets at 18.26. However, it was his display at the opposite end of the table 12 months later that truly captured the imagination, as he bowled almost unchanged in a do-or-die final innings against Hampshire at Edgbaston, claiming a career-best 9 for 62 to keep his club in Division One with a thrilling five-run win.

He had suffered regular injuries across the previous four years, including back issues, concussion and an elbow tear, but his bustling fast-medium seam bowling had earned the attention of the selectors, who earmarked him as an unused reserve for the Test tour of the Caribbean in the spring of 2022,

He had joined the club from Gloucestershire at the end of the 2018 season, along with his fellow seamer Craig Miles, citing a desire to test himself on faster pitches than those he was used to at Bristol. His first two years at Edgbaston were marred by injury, but he worked hard with Graeme Welch, the club's bowling coach, and suggested that he had put on "half a yard of pace… maybe even more than that."

Raised in Cornwall and an academy product at Gloucestershire, Norwell burst onto the scene in April 2011, taking 6 for 46 on debut against Derbyshire. A stress fracture of the back quickly halted the start to his career, leading him to be drip-fed into the Gloucestershire first XI, but his strong, thick-set frame demonstrated potential hat he began to deliver with 61 Championship wickets in 2015.

He topped Gloucestershire's bowling averages the following season, but his most exciting moment came when, as a regular No. 11 pressed into nightwatchman duties, he made an unlikely maiden first-class century against Derbyshire in Bristol - it was his first century in any form of cricket. His career first-class average until then had barely been in double figures. He expressed surprise afterwards that Derbyshire had bowled persistently short at him.

After his excellent first-class debut, Norwell played two more games before injury prevented his return until 2012; that season he took an admirable 22 wickets at 28.72. The following year he again suffered with injuries and his season was limited to just seven appearances for the first XI.

2014 saw Norwell's finest moment at that point in a Gloucestershire shirt, again unsurprisingly with the bat. He made 78 against Worcestershire at Cheltenham in July 2014 - the highest score by a No. 11 for the county - and shared a stand of 137 with Craig Miles for the 10th wicket - also a county record. His batting was a case of occasional plenty interrupting long periods of drought.

A return of 59 wickets at 17.39 in 2017 was comfortably his finest Championship season. He terrorised Leicestershire with two ten-in-the-match hauls at start of season and end, his 8 for 43 in September was then the best return of his career.


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Career Averages
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC911521593385603479/6213/10024.663.2245.919164
List A262612911176336/526/5235.635.4639.1020
T202624459737133/273/2756.699.6335.3000
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC9112045105810214.10227446.521213817180
List A2614463166.309169.23006140
T20266552*5.00862.500000100
Recent Matches - Player
Photos
Liam Norwell gets into his delivery stride
Liam Norwell bagged a five-for
Liam Norwell of Warwickshire bats
Liam Norwell of Warwickshire on his way to a seven-wicket haul
Liam Norwell in action
Liam Norwell fails to run out Steve Eskinazi