Neil Fairbrother

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Neil Fairbrother
Personal information
Full name Neil Harvey Fairbrother
Born (1963-09-09) 9 September 1963 (age 55)
Warrington, Lancashire (now in Cheshire), England
Batting Left-hand bat
Bowling Left-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 525) 4 June 1987 v Pakistan
Last Test 13 March 1993 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 94) 2 April 1987 v India
Last ODI 29 May 1999 v India
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 10 75 366 505
Runs scored 219 2092 20,612 14,761
Batting average 15.64 39.47 41.22 41.69
100s/50s –/1 1/16 47/104 9/107
Top score 83 113 366 145
Balls bowled 12 6 795 174
Wickets 7 3
Bowling average 71.42 64.33
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 2/91 1/17
Catches/stumpings 4/– 33/– 290/– 185/–
Source: Cricinfo, 23 April 2011

Neil Fairbrother (born Neil Harvey Fairbrother, 9 September 1963, Warrington, then Lancashire)[1] is a former English cricketer, named by his mother after her favourite player, the Australian cricketer Neil Harvey.[1] He was educated at Lymm Grammar School.

Fairbrother retired from all cricket in 2002, and became Director of Cricket at International Sports Management. In February 2018, Fairbrother set up Phoenix Management.

Domestic career

Fairbrother played for Lancashire, Transvaal and England. He was team captain of Lancashire in 1992–1993. Cricket writer, Colin Bateman, described Fairbrother as "an inventive, intelligent left-hander".[1]

In 1990, Fairbrother scored 366 for Lancashire against Surrey at The Oval. 311 of his runs came in a single day, and his feat is unique in that he scored at least 100 runs in each of the three sessions that day.[2] Another milestone came in 1998, when he became the first man to play in ten Lord's one-day domestic cricket cup finals.

International career

Fairbrother made his international debut on 2 April 1987, in a One Day International against India. Following a match-winning century against a West Indies side including Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh at Lord's in 1991, he established himself as a regular in middle-order of the one-day side for several years. Test success, however, proved elusive. Bowled for a duck on his debut, he made just ten Test appearances for England, with only one half-century from 15 innings, at an average of 15.64.[1] However, his international honours included appearing for England in three Cricket World Cups.[3]

International centuries

ODI centuries

One Day International centuries of Neil Fairbrother
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 113 14  West Indies England London, England Lord's 27 May 1991 Won

International awards

One Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

# Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 West Indies Lord's, London 27 May 1991 1 Ct. ; 113 (109 balls, 10x4, 2x6)  England won by 7 wickets.[4]
2 India Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur 1 March 1993 1 Ct. ; 53* (52 balls, 4x4)  England won by 6 wickets.[5]
3 Sri Lanka Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 11 January 1999 1 Ct. ; 67* (105 balls, 1x4, 1x6)  England won by 4 wickets.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 66. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.
  2. ^ Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. p. 108. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4.
  3. ^ "Neil Fairbrother - Profile". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  4. ^ "1991 England v West Indies - 3rd Match - London". Howstat. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  5. ^ "1992-1993 India v England - 4th Match - Jamshedpur". Howstat. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  6. ^ "1998-1999 Carlton & United Series - 2nd Match - England v Sri Lanka - Brisbane". Howstat. Retrieved 16 August 2015.

External links

  • Neil Fairbrother on Twitter
  • Neil Fairbrother at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  • Neil Fairbrother at ESPNcricinfo
  • Neil Fairbrother: 12 facts about the Lancashire stalwart Chinmay Jawalekar, Cricket Country, September 9, 2015
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