Paul Best

Country: England
Born: March 08, 1991, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox

Paul Best Bio

Paul Merwood Best is a former English cricketer known for his skills as a left-arm spinner and solid batsman. Though his career was cut short due to injuries, Best had shown immense promise from a young age and had even captained England U19s and Warwickshire second XI while still in his teens.

In 2011, Best made his first-class debut for Cambridge MCCU against Essex, where he showcased his talent by scoring a half-century. He followed it up in the next match with an impressive five-wicket haul against Middlesex, highlighting his skills as a spinner. After a brief stint with Warwickshire in Championship, he played a vital role in Cambridge MCCU’s rare victory over Surrey, captained by the legendary Kevin Pietersen. Best’s innings of 150 helped Cambridge MCCU defeat a first-class county team at Fenner’s for the first time since 1982.

During his time at Homerton, Cambridge, where he studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, Best displayed his all-round abilities by excelling in both first-class and one-day matches. In a traditional fixture against Oxford University at Lord’s, he claimed figures of 6-86 in the first-class match and followed it up with a rapid 61 runs from just 30 balls in the 50-over encounter.

Best’s versatility and talent did not go unnoticed, and he was loaned by Warwickshire to Northants, making him the first player to represent four first-class counties in a single English domestic season. Furthermore, he contributed to Warwickshire’s journey to the final of the 2012 CB40 competition, featuring in several matches.

Unfortunately, in 2013, Best was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back, which severely impacted his career. Just as he was nearing a full recovery, tragedy struck again in 2014 when he suffered a similar injury. These two stress fractures took a toll on his body and prevented him from resuming his cricketing pursuits at the desired level. Ultimately, Best made the difficult decision to retire from professional cricket in 2015.

Despite his relatively short first-class career, Best’s impact was notable. He retired with an impressive record that highlighted his abilities as both a batsman and a spinner. His unfortunate injuries prevented him from reaching his full potential and may have cut short what could have been a remarkable career.

Paul Merwood Best’s contributions to cricket were commendable, particularly his achievements at a young age. Though his time on the field was limited, his talent and passion for the game will always be remembered.

Paul Best Career Stats

Paul Best Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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FC 11 13 3 428 150 42.8 879 48.69 1 2 52 1 5 0
List A 13 9 4 57 16* 11.4 76 75 0 0 5 1 3 0
T20s 4 - - - - - - - - - - - 2 0

Paul Best Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 11 20 2449 1445 32 6/86 9/131 45.15 3.54 76.5 0 2 0
List A 13 12 443 463 11 3/43 3/43 42.09 6.27 40.2 0 0 0
T20s 4 4 84 90 4 3/19 3/19 22.5 6.42 21 0 0 0

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