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Franklyn Stephenson
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Franklyn Stephenson

West Indies
Franklyn Stephenson

Full Name

Franklyn Dacosta Stephenson

Born

April 08, 1959, Halls, Holders, St James, Barbados

Age

62y 37d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast

TEAMS

Tall, with a beard and a permanent sunny smile, Franklyn Stephenson somehow missed out on Test selection, mainly because he toured South Africa with the rebel sides of the early 1980s and incurred a ban. But he was a fearsome proposition as a bowler, mixing up pace and swing with a moon-ball slower delivery that frequently crashed into the base of the stumps while bewildered batsmen ducked for cover. Stephenson was no slouch with the bat, either: his maiden century, made for Barbados after coming in as nightwatchman, turned into a rollicking 165. His finest hour came at the end of the 1988 season, by which time he was playing for Nottinghamshire after a brief flirtation with Gloucestershire. Going into the last match Stephenson had already steamed past 100 wickets, but needed around 200 runs to complete 1000 and the first double since Richard Hadlee, also of Notts, four years before. Stephenson sailed to the target in epic style, slamming 111 and 117. He added 11 wickets as well to round off his one-man show. After a long and winding career (he actually made his first-class debut for Tasmania, and later played for Orange Free State in South Africa and fitted three handy seasons with Sussex) Stephenson took to golf, which he played to professional standards back home in Barbados.
Cricinfo staff

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50sCtSt
FC21934234862216627.9912431000
List A28224234471710822.67216610
Bowling
FormatMatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC21940303192187928/4724.262.8650.804410
List A2821430189214486/96/919.913.7431.901790

Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1981/82 - 1996/97
List A Matches
Span
1981/82 - 1996/97

Photos


Franklyn Stephenson shows the offbreak grip for his well-disguised slower deliveries
Franklyn Stephenson shows the seam-up grip
Franklyn Stephenson in action
Franklyn Stephenson bowls
Franklyn Stephenson bowls during a rebel game in South Africa
Franklyn Stephenson signs autographs during the West Indies rebel tour of South Africa