Steve James      

Full name Stephen Peter James

Born September 7, 1967, Lydney, Gloucestershire

Current age 53 years 136 days

Major teams England, Cambridge University, Glamorgan, Mashonaland, Mashonaland Country Districts

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Other Commentator

Stephen Peter James
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 2 4 0 71 36 17.75 283 25.08 0 0 6 0 0 0
First-class 245 424 33 15890 309* 40.63 47 58 173 0
List A 238 231 27 7040 135 34.50 7 49 60 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 245 2 3 0 - - - 9.00 - 0 0 0
List A 238 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Lord's, Jun 18-21, 1998 scorecard
Last Test England v Sri Lanka at The Oval, Aug 27-31, 1998 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class debut 1985
Last First-class Derbyshire v Glamorgan at Derby, Apr 18-21, 2003 scorecard
List A span 1987 - 2002

Steve James read Classics at Swansea University before becoming a postgraduate at Cambridge where he won a cricket Blue in 1989 and 1990 and came close to winning a place in the varsity rugby side. After leaving Cambridge, James won a place as Hugh Morris' opening partner at Glamorgan and developed into an opening batsman at home in both one-day and four-day cricket. His versatility was confirmed in 1995, when he hit an unbeaten 230 at Leicester and finished the season as the country's leading run scorer in the Sunday League. Noted for quick running between the wickets and selection of deft strokes, in 1996 he aggregated 1766 runs in first-class cricket. He continued to be a prolific scorer in 1997, amassing 1775 runs at an average of 68, and the mild mannered Glamorgan opener ended the season as the country's leading runscorer. During this golden summer, James hit seven hundreds, including three in a row in August, plus a vital century in the NatWest semi-final with Essex. His fine batting was a crucial factor behind Glamorgan's Championship success, yet remarkably, James was overlooked by the England selectors. James acted as vice-captain of the England A team in East Africa and Sri Lanka in 1997-98, and continued to be prolific in county cricket in 1998. During the series with South Africa, James, at long last, was drafted into the England side, and he won a second cap in the one-off Test with Sri Lanka. But in neither Test did he come close to recapturing his domestic form and he was discarded at the end of the summer. In 2000 as he scored 309* against Sussex - the highest score in Glamorgan's history and at the end of that summer he took over as county captain from Matthew Maynard. In his first season he guided Glamorgan to the National League Division Two title, and the following summer they won the Division One crown. But injuries were taking a toll, and in 2003 he stepped down after a long-standing knee injury left him sidelined and eventually led to his forced retirement. He subsequently moved into national journalism - he had for some time been a writer in the provincial press.
Andrew Hignell (June 2004)

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Jun 17, 2002

Steve James of Glamorgan playing in the Norwich Union League

Glamorgan's Steve James playing in the Norwich Union League

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May 10, 2001

Taken at the Glamorgan CCC Photocall, April 2001

Steve James ; thumbnail portrait

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