Franklyn Stephenson      

Full name Franklyn Dacosta Stephenson

Born April 8, 1959, Halls, Holders, St James, Barbados

Current age 61 years 237 days

Major teams Barbados, Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire, Orange Free State, Sussex, Tasmania

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Franklyn Dacosta Stephenson
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 219 342 34 8622 166 27.99 12 43 100 0
List A 282 242 34 4717 108 22.67 2 16 61 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 219 40303 19218 792 8/47 24.26 2.86 50.8 44 10
List A 282 14301 8921 448 6/9 6/9 19.91 3.74 31.9 17 9 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1981/82 - 1996/97
List A span 1981/82 - 1996/97

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.
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Jun 17, 2006

Franklyn Stephenson shows the offbreak grip for his well-disguised slower deliveries, St Lucia, June 16 2006

Franklyn Stephenson shows the offbreak grip for his well-disguised slower deliveries

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Jun 17, 2006

Franklyn Stephenson shows the seam-up grip, St Lucia, June 16 2006

Franklyn Stephenson shows the seam-up grip

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Franklyn Stephenson in action, Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire, May 1, 1998

Franklyn Stephenson in action

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Orange Free State debut 1991/92

Tasmania 1981/82

Barbados 1981/82-1989/90

Gloucestershire 1982-83

Nottinghamshire 1988-91

Sussex 1992-1995

Education: Samuel Jackson Precod Polytechnic

Junior Representative Cricket: Barbados U-19 1977-78, WI U-19 1978