Full Name

Nigel Edwin Briers

Born

January 15, 1955, Southfields, Leicester

Age

66y 93d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Height

6ft

Education

Lutterworth Grammar School; Borough Road College

TEAMS

Nigel Briers was a predominantly front-foot opening batsman and excellent cover fielder who led Leicestershire with distinction, and helped turn them from being a poor side into one of the leading county teams of the 1990s. In 1971 he was their youngest ever debutant (aged 16 years, 103 days), but spent the next four years establishing employment credentials in teaching and so it was not until the late 1970s that he became a regular. He lost both his form and his confidence in 1984 and 1985, and in 1986 his forearm was so badly broken in a game at Hove that he was almost forced to retire. However, he battled back and in 1990 took over as captain. Despite that and the pressures of it being his benefit year, he scored 1,996 first-class runs, and for six season he transformed the county's fortunes. He stepped down as captain at the end of 1995, signing off with 1000 runs for the 11th time, and intended to play in 1996 but was prevented from doing so by a knee injury. It was no coincidence that the county won the Championship in 1996 and 1998, that success owing much to Briers' time in charge. He is head of PE at Marlborough College.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50sCtSt
FC3816286118726201*33.0231951520
List A338329328216119*27.66640960
Bowling
FormatMatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveSR4w5w10w
FC3812047988324/2930.8763.9000
List A338896725193/293/2938.1547.10000

Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1971 - 1995
List A Matches
Span
1975 - 1995