Alan Igglesden

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Alan Igglesden
Personal information
Full name Alan Paul Igglesden
Born (1964-10-08) 8 October 1964 (age 50)
Farnborough, Kent, England
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 3 4
Runs scored 6 20
Batting average 3.00 10.00
100s/50s –/– –/–
Top score 3* 18
Balls bowled 555 168
Wickets 6 2
Bowling average 54.83 61.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 2/91 2/12
Catches/stumpings 1/– 1/–
Source: [1], 1 January 2006

Alan Igglesden (born Alan Paul Igglesden, 8 October 1964, Farnborough, Kent)[1] is a former English cricketer. He played three Tests and four ODIs for England, but his playing career was ruined by injuries. His first-class cricket career included spells with Kent, plus Boland and Western Province in South Africa.

Life and career[edit]

Igglesden's elevation to a becoming a Test cricketer owed much to a catalogue of injuries to other potential players, and came in the wake of one of the rebel tours to South Africa. England's then cricket manager, Micky Stewart, described Igglesden's promotion as being England's seventeenth-choice pace bowler, and he had the misfortune of initially appearing in the sixth and final Test of the already decided 1989 Ashes series. Igglesden made a creditable debut in a losing cause, with this Test ending in a draw.[1]

In 1993, Igglesden was picked for the first Test, again against Australia, and it appeared he may have had a few games to prove his worth. In the end, he did not play in a single Test that summer, courtesy of a groin injury and then a side strain. He did appear twice in the Caribbean the following winter, as England took on the West Indies, but took only three wickets and was not picked again. His Test bowling return was six wickets at an average of 54.83. Igglesden suffered an epileptic seizure when playing Minor counties cricket for Berkshire in 1999, and his medics discovered a non-cancerous brain tumour that was successfully treated by medication.

After his retirement from cricket, he became a sports centre manager, at Woodhouse Grove School. He was also active at Sutton Valence School. Igglesden is now part of a charity supporting brain tumour sufferers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 98. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.