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Ned Eckersley
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Ned Eckersley

England|Wicketkeeper batter
Ned Eckersley

Full Name

Edmund James Holden Eckersley

Born

August 09, 1989, Oxford

Age

32y 80d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper batter

TEAMS

Ned Eckersley left Leicestershire's awards night in 2013 laden with trophies. He won six, including being named Leicestershire's Cricketer of the Year, as well as collecting the Player of the Year honour from both supporters and players alike. Other awards piled up for batting and fielding, the latter illustrating that his keeping had also come on leaps and bounds.

The final award put things in context, however. That was for the outstanding performance of the season: an innings of 147 against Essex at Chelmsford. Leicestershire went on to lose the match by an innings and did not win a Championship game all season as they finished rooted to the foot of Division Two. Eckersley was one of the few bright spots, amassing 1302 first-class runs at an average of over 50 as well as making useful one-day contributions.

He registered five centuries in all competitions, including two in the same game against Worcestershire. He also made a maiden List A hundred against Yorkshire. By 2015, Eckersley was vice captain and had become a key figure, but a third successive wooden spoon in the Championship, and his own faltering runs tally, told that progress would not be easy. Indeed, one of his tasks as a stand-in captain was to apologise publicly for an abject one-day display against Somerset.

Eckersley, a wicketkeeper-batsman and a former member of the MCC Groundstaff, joined Leicestershire in pre-season in 2011 and immediately made an impression in 2nd XI cricket. In August of that year, shortly after his 22nd birthday, he was promoted to Leicestershire's Championship side for the last four matches of the summer and continued the upward curve, making a century against Middlesex at Grace Road in his seventh innings. He then spent part of the close season playing for Mountaineers in Zimbabwe.

Back in England in 2012, he made more progress. He demonstrated versatility at the crease, batting for more than six-and-a half hours for 137 not out against Glamorgan in Cardiff, during a match-saving stand; yet on another occasion, he struck 72 from 44 balls to help Leicestershire beat Worcestershire in a 40-over match.

In 2016, Eckersley became just the third man to make three centuries in successive matches for Leicestershire, following Ben Smith in 2001 and Charles Dempster before the Second World War. But the following two years were a let-down: even a career-best 158 against Derbyshire came out of a Leicestershire total of 600-plus on a Derby pitch that flattered batsmen on both sides. He was released by Leicestershire at the end of the 2018 season, but won a contract at Durham the following summer, averaging 40.00 in the Championship and even taking on the captaincy after Cameron Bancroft's Ashes call-up.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC13924119717115832.301420250.491627897232484
List A46436109110829.48124087.98157720281
T2078661584850*16.62760111.57017113257
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC139131127422/292/2937.003.9656.0000
List A46------------
T2078------------

Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATWKDATEGROUNDFORMAT
Durham vs Gloucs20 & 70c/0s & 1c/0s21-Sep-2021BristolFC
Durham vs Northants25c/0s & 2c/0s12-Sep-2021NorthamptonFC
Durham vs Glamorgan572c/0s & 4c/0s05-Sep-2021Chester-le-StreetFC
Durham 2nd vs Lancs 2nd XI844c/0s & 2c/0s23-Aug-2021JesmondOTHER
Durham vs WORCS36--10-Aug-2021WorcesterList A

Photos


Ned Eckersley clips to leg during his half-century
Ned Eckersley gets down to sweep
Ned Eckersley flicks past short leg
Ned Eckersley and Paul Coughlin tough gloves during their 157-run stand
Ned Eckersley is leaving Grace Road
Ned Eckersley reached the close of play on 99 not out