Full Name

Aaron Paul Beard

Born

October 15, 1997, Chelmsford, Essex

Age

23y 249d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

Not many, least of all the Sri Lankan tourists, knew much of Aaron Beard when he ran in for the first ball of their 2016 tour of England, but he certainly knew how to draw attention to himself. With wickets in each of his first two overs, the 18-year-old Chelmsford-born schoolboy began his first-class career in dreamy fashion as he picked apart Sri Lanka's top order.

Beard, who has been with Essex since he was nine, ended with 4 for 62 as the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 254. Two back operations before that debut invited questions as to whether his slender frame could withstand the rigours of first-class cricket, but his mentor, Graham Napier, was just one person impressed with a fine technique. His introduction to the first team was done sparingly, though Beard's promise shone through again in 2019, as he produced a new first-class best in Essex's title-winning season.

Beard also had the odd distinction of being a substitute fielder for England during a 2013 Ashes warm-up against Essex at Chelmsofrd when he was aged just 15 - a responsibility perhaps unique for somebody of such a tender age.
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Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC223924991498494/217/4530.573.5951.00300
List A221149733/513/5132.335.1038.00000
T20109162288103/413/4128.8010.6616.20000
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC22241123458*18.0052944.230131050
List A2212422*24.0020120.00003000
T201031261313.0017152.94003110

Photos


Essex were crowned inaugural BWT champions
Aaron Beard removed Tom Abell
Aaron Beard gets a celebratory foot bump
Aaron Beard eventually removed Nick Gubbins
Aaron Beard was responsible for Essex's lone success
Aaron Beard in action on the first morning at Chelmsford