Full Name

Jonathan Neil Batty

Born

April 18, 1974, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Age

47y 191d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Education

Repton School

TEAMS

Jonathan Batty's appointment to replace Adam Hollioake as Surrey captain at the end of 2003 was a surprising move by a county who had become identifiable for big-name signings and high-profile players. Batty was one of the non-household names at The Oval, a journeyman pro who had made the most of circumstances to forge a place in a winning side. But his tenure at the helm was to last only one season, as he was replaced by the higher profile Mark Butcher.

After graduating from Durham in 1993 he spent a season at Hampshire but was not retained and then trialed without success at Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Middlesex, Surrey and Somerset. He kept plugging away, playing for British Universities, Oxfordshire and Minor Counties, before he received offers for 1997 from Somerset and Surrey. He opted to be third-string keeper at The Oval behind Graham Kersey and Alec Stewart. Before Batty even arrived, Kersey was fatally injured in a car crash in Australia.

With Stewart mostly away on England duty, Batty became a regular. "Someone else's terrible misfortune worked in my favour," he said. Mark Butcher's absence led to him being asked to open, and between 2001 and 2003 his Championship average rocketed from 16 to 35 to 57 and he remained a solid presence in the top order with some holding the view he should have had a chance with England. It came as a surprise when, as part of Chris Adams' new regime at the club, Batty was released at the end of 2009 season.

He signed a three-year contract with Gloucestershire but has endured a miserable time at Bristol. His first season saw him score just 450 runs in the County Championship at 16.07. But he did achieve a personal best for catches in a season with 53 victims.

His 2011 season lasted just six matches and 179 runs before he was replaced as first-choice wicketkeeper by youngster Richard Coughtrie and the following summer was his last as he announced his retirement in September 2012.
ESPNcricinfo Staff

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC221346389685168*31.44204160568
List A209167302992158*21.8311422040
T206452226565921.86588111.560269103821
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC221786111/2161.004.6978.000
List A209000-----000
T2064------------

Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATWKDATEGROUNDFORMAT
Northants vs Hampshire120c/0s03-Sep-2013SouthamptonFC
Gloucs vs Leics23 & 40*1c/0s & 1c/0s11-Sep-2012LeicesterFC
Gloucs vs Northants55 & 31*4c/0s & 1c/0s04-Sep-2012BristolFC
Gloucs vs Yorkshire252c/0s & 1c/0s28-Aug-2012ScarboroughFC
Gloucs vs Leics--4c/0s27-Aug-2012LeicesterList A

Photos


Jonathan Batty contributed to a 156-run sixth wicket stand with a gritty half-century
Jonathan Batty
Ian Salisbury and Jon Batty with the Second XI Championship shield
Jon Batty leaps to celebrate his hundred
Portrait of Jonathan Batty
A chart detailing the order of merit of England's eligible wicketkeepers, from <i>The Wisden Cricketer</i> magazine