Graham Napier

Country: England
Born: January 06, 1980, Colchester, Essex
Height: 5ft 10in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Bowling Allrounder

Graham Napier Bio

Graham Richard Napier, born on January 28, 1980, is a former English cricketer who is widely regarded as one of the most compelling players in Essex County’s history. Throughout his 26-year association with Essex, Napier showcased his skills as a remarkable all-rounder, making a significant impact with both the bat and ball.

Hailing from the Essex youth system, Napier quickly emerged as a player with immense promise. This promise began to materialize in the latter half of his career, where he accomplished remarkable feats that will forever be etched in the record books. In 2008, during a Twenty20 match against Sussex, Napier scored an astonishing 152 runs, including a world-record 16 sixes. Remarkably, he replicated this remarkable performance three years later in a Championship match against Surrey.

Napier’s game showcased his versatility, making him a crowd favorite and a crucial asset to the Essex team. In addition to his explosive batting skills, he possessed a nifty line in seam bowling. His ability to deliver a formidable yorker and frustrate opponents in the closing overs of a match made him a valuable asset in one-day cricket.

Although Napier’s rise to prominence seemed promising, injuries plagued him, and he faced setbacks in his career. However, his remarkable T20 innings against Sussex at Chelmsford caught the attention of the selectors and even the IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians. In 2009, he was named in England’s World Twenty20 squad. Despite this recognition, Napier never received an international cap.

However, Napier’s lack of international success did not diminish his significance in the Essex team. He remained a popular player and dazzled Chelmsford with his performances in Twenty20 matches, reminiscent of a homegrown football star at West Ham. In 2012, Napier enjoyed a benefit year at Essex, which coincided with his best first-class season to date, boasting an average of 33.50 with the bat and 22.95 with the ball.

Having announced that 2016 would be his final summer, Napier concluded his illustrious career on a high note. He led Essex’s wicket-taking lists in all three formats and bid farewell to his hometown of Colchester with his seventh first-class century. His remarkable 63 wickets in the Championship played a crucial role in Essex’s promotion as Division Two champions.

Napier’s contribution to Essex County cannot be understated. His skills and achievements solidified his legacy as one of the county’s all-time greats. Though he humbly rejected the label of an Essex legend, many believe that Napier embodies precisely that. Today, Napier focuses on his cricket academy at the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk, passing on his expertise and leaving a lasting impact on the sport he loves.

Graham Napier Career Stats

Graham Napier Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 179 239 43 5739 196 29.28 - - 7 31 - - 63 0
List A 246 183 21 2971 79 18.33 - - 0 14 - - 58 0
T20s 137 96 19 1206 152* 15.66 813 148.33 1 0 95 76 43 0

Graham Napier Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 179 - 25213 14760 490 7/21 - 30.12 3.51 51.4 - 17 0
List A 246 - 8762 7754 299 7/32 7/32 25.93 5.3 29.3 10 4 0
T20s 137 136 2905 3831 164 4/10 4/10 23.35 7.91 17.7 2 0 0

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