Duncan Spencer

Country: Australia
Born: April 05, 1972, Nelson, Lancashire
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast

Duncan Spencer Bio

Duncan John Spencer is a former Australian cricket player who rose to fame with his extraordinary pace and blistering deliveries. Despite his promising start and being hailed as one of the fastest bowlers by Sir Vivian Richards, Spencer’s career was plagued by persistent injuries.

Born in England, Duncan Spencer relocated to Western Australia with his family at the age of five. It was here that he developed his love for cricket and honed his skills. Spencer burst onto the domestic cricket scene in the early 1990s when he made his debut for Kent in the 1993 season. His impressive performances caught the attention of one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Sir Vivian Richards, who regarded him as possibly the quickest bowler he had ever faced.

However, Spencer’s career failed to live up to the expectations set by his remarkable beginning. Chronic stress fractures in his back, coupled with other injuries, significantly hampered his progress. As a result, he was only able to play 14 first-class matches during his short-lived career with Kent and Western Australia.

Despite his ongoing battles with injuries, Duncan Spencer continued to play grade cricket, although at times he was forced to participate solely as a batsman due to the severity of his ailments. His fortunes changed in the 2000-01 season when he made a remarkable recovery and was selected to play in six limited-overs matches for Western Australia. While he was not able to replicate the same level of pace from his earlier years, his presence played a crucial role in helping the state reach the Mercantile Mutual Cup Final for the second consecutive year.

Tragically, his comeback was marred by controversy. Following Western Australia’s loss to New South Wales in the final, it was discovered that Spencer had tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone. He admitted to using the substance in an attempt to alleviate his chronic pain. In April 2001, he faced significant repercussions and became the first Australian cricketer to be found guilty of a drug-taking offense. Consequently, he was banned from elite level cricket for a period of 18 months.

After serving his ban, Duncan Spencer made a brief return to cricket in 2006, playing two matches for Sussex. Later that summer, he helped Buckinghamshire reach the Minor Counties final at Lord’s, showcasing his passion for the game despite the setbacks he faced throughout his career.

Duncan John Spencer’s career was marked by immense talent and potential, which unfortunately went largely unfulfilled due to relentless injuries. However, his contribution to cricket should not be overlooked, as he left an indelible impression on those who witnessed him bowl with extraordinary pace.

Duncan Spencer Career Stats

Duncan Spencer Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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FC 16 18 2 233 75 14.56 - - 0 1 - - 10 0
List A 20 11 3 79 17* 9.87 - - 0 0 - - 5 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Duncan Spencer Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
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FC 16 - 2094 1412 36 4/31 - 39.22 4.04 58.1 - 0 0
List A 20 - 843 680 23 4/35 4/35 29.56 4.83 36.6 2 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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