Danny Richard Briggs
April 30, 1991, Newport, Isle of Wight
Right hand Bat
Slow Left arm Orthodox
A skilful, subtle purveyor of slow left-arm darts, Danny Briggs was unable to prove himself in a brief flirtation with international cricket but instead flourished as one of the most effective limited-overs spinners in the county game. He was a key figure in Hampshire's prolonged spell of white-ball success between 2009 and 2015, before a surprise move to Sussex ahead of the 2016 season.
His ability in one-day cricket first became apparent in 2010, when he took 31 wickets in Hampshire's victorious FPt20 campaign, and he soon found himself impressing for the England Lions in the Regional Four-Day Competition in the Caribbean the following spring. While his Championship opportunities were somewhat limited, he continued to impress in white-ball cricket to the extent that England gave him an ODI debut against Pakistan in 2012.
He went to the World T20 in Sri Lanka later that year - postponing his wedding as a result - though played only once, and was taken to pieces by Aaron Finch during his record 156 at the Ageas Bowl before going for 53 in a wicketless final England appearance in 2014.
But he continue to excel as Hampshire reached Finals Day six years in a row, and when he left as a 24-year-old, he had 119 wickets for them in the format, at an economy rate below 7. He rarely spun the ball much, but was a canny operator who could deliver his subtle variations from both sides of the wicket.
In fact, Briggs' red-ball career was not particularly furthered by his move to Sussex, as he averaged over 40 with the ball in his first two Championship seasons at the club. But he remained a key performer in limited-overs cricket, earning a surprise Lions recall in 2018 after another prolific Blast campaign as Sussex reached the final.
There was also a maiden first-class century to celebrate in 2018, when he made 120 from 154 balls batting at No. 7 against South Africa A. He had only previously made a single first-class fifty, as a dogged tailender, but had worked hard to improve his batting and fielding after his move to Hove.
Batting & Fielding