Steve James

Country: England
Born: September 07, 1967, Lydney, Gloucestershire
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium

Steve James Bio

Stephen Peter James, commonly known as Steve James, is a former cricketer hailing from England. Born on May 5, 1967, in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, James developed a passion for cricket from a young age. He pursued his education at Swansea University, where he read Classics before furthering his studies as a postgraduate at Cambridge.

During his time at Cambridge, James excelled not only in his academics but also on the cricket field. He secured a cricket Blue in 1989 and 1990, showcasing his exceptional skills as a talented batsman. Despite his prowess in cricket, James came close to securing a place in the university’s varsity rugby team, highlighting his versatility as an athlete.

Following his tenure at Cambridge, James seized the opportunity to join Glamorgan County Cricket Club, where he became the opening partner of Hugh Morris. He quickly established himself as an opening batsman with equal prowess in both one-day and four-day formats of the game. In the 1995 season, James made his mark by scoring an unbeaten 230 runs at Leicester, finishing the season as the leading run-scorer in the Sunday League.

Known for his quick running between the wickets and an impeccable selection of delicate strokes, James continued to rack up impressive numbers in the 1996 and 1997 seasons. He accumulated 1766 and 1775 runs, respectively, in first-class cricket during these years. Notably, his outstanding batting performance played a vital role in Glamorgan’s Championship success in 1997. James recorded seven centuries in the season, including three consecutive ones in August, and also contributed a crucial century in the NatWest semi-final against Essex.

Despite his remarkable domestic achievements, James faced a peculiar setback in his career. Surprisingly, he was repeatedly overlooked by the England selectors, despite his consistent batting performances. However, in the 1997-98 season, James served as the vice-captain of the England A team during tours to East Africa and Sri Lanka. Nonetheless, his international appearances were limited, and he struggled to replicate his domestic form in Tests against South Africa and Sri Lanka.

In the year 2000, James accomplished a historic feat by scoring an unbeaten 309 runs against Sussex, marking the highest individual score in Glamorgan’s history. Following this remarkable achievement, he took over the captaincy of Glamorgan County Cricket Club from Matthew Maynard. In his first season as captain, James successfully led the team to clinch the National League Division Two title. The following year, Glamorgan secured the Division One crown under his leadership.

Unfortunately, a series of injuries, particularly a long-standing knee injury, plagued James in the latter stages of his career. As a result, he eventually stepped down as captain in 2003 and was forced into retirement. Despite bidding farewell to professional cricket, James found solace in sports journalism, pursuing a career as a writer in the national press.

Throughout his career, Steve James remained a highly respected and talented cricketer, admired for his exceptional batting skills and calm demeanor. His contributions to Glamorgan County Cricket Club and his consistent performances in domestic cricket solidified his place as one of the finest cricketers produced by England.

Steve James Career Stats

Steve James Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 2 4 0 71 36 17.75 283 25.08 0 0 6 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 245 424 33 15890 309* 40.63 - - 47 58 - - 173 0
List A 238 231 27 7040 135 34.5 - - 7 49 - - 60 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Steve James Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 245 - 2 3 0 - - - 9 - 0 0 0
List A 238 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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