|Full name||Graham Richard Napier|
6 January 1980 |
Colchester, Essex, England
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Batting style||Right handed|
|Bowling style||Right arm Fast|
|Domestic team information|
|1997–present||Essex (squad no. 17)|
|2009/10||Central District Stags (squad no. 8)|
|2009–2011||Mumbai Indians (squad no. 17)|
|First-class debut||7 May 1997 Essex v Cambridge University|
|Last First-class||23 April 2014 Essex v Surrey|
|List A debut||10 August 1997 Essex v Kent|
|Last List A||26 August 2013 Essex v Lancashire|
|Source: cricinfo, 26 April 2014|
Graham Richard Napier (born 6 January 1980) is an English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast bowler, and is capable of bowling 90+mph. Napier has played first-class cricket for his home county of Essex since the outset of his senior career in 1997. Between 1997 and 1999 Napier played in four Youth Test matches in England against Zimbabwe, South Africa (twice) and Australia's respective under-19 teams. He was also a member of the 1998 U-19 Cricket World Cup-winning squad. Napier was on the books of Ipswich Town as a goalkeeper and played for a season on loan at Felixstowe Town.
Born in Colchester, Essex, Napier is a fast-medium bowler, whose stock delivery reaches between 85 mph-90 mph. Napier has displayed a slower ball in Twenty20 games which has proved hard to spot. As a batsman, Napier can be among the most deadly not only in domestic cricket but in world cricket also. He has twice hit 16 sixes in an innings, once in a Twenty20 match, and once in a County Championship match. His fielding has been known to be slightly below par, but it can be put down to the fact that Napier is very injury prone and he cannot afford to throw himself around.
Twenty20 and 40 over
Napier participated in the 2003, 2004 and 2006 Twenty20 Cups, in which he aided his Essex team to the 2004 quarter-finals.
In a Twenty20 cup match against Sussex on 24 June 2008, Napier scored 152 not out from 58 balls. The innings set a number of records, notably the highest individual score in a T20 innings in England, and in the domestic Twenty20 competition; the highest number of sixes in an individual Twenty20 innings (16); the most runs scored in boundaries in an individual Twenty20 innings (136 runs, scored as 10 fours, and 16 sixes). It also broke the record for most sixes in a domestic one-day innings, and tied the record for most sixes in any domestic innings, tying the record set by Andrew Symonds, during a County Championship game in 1995.
He was signed by the Mumbai Indians for the 2009 IPL Season for an undisclosed amount.
In March 2009, Napier was called up to the England Lions squad for the first time since 2004. Geoff Miller, one of the selectors, said "the selectors felt this was a good opportunity for us to have a closer look at him within the England set-up". On 1 May 2009, Napier was confirmed as a member of the 15-man England squad for the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup on the same day as he made his first appearance for the Mumbai Indians.
On 19 May 2011, Napier equalled the record for most sixes scored in a first-class innings. He hit 16 sixes as part of a 130-ball 196 for Essex. It was his first first class innings for 11 months, after being sidelined with a back injury. He hit 103 runs from the last 29 balls of his innings. After his innings, Napier told BBC Essex that he considers himself as mainly a bowler. On 22 June 2013, Napier took career best bowling figures of 7 wickets for 90 runs against Leicestershire.
- Essex County Cricket Club player profile. Retrieved on 25 June 2006. He also went to The Gilberd School, Highwoods, Colchester. Due to his physique, Napier is often referred to by the home crowd as "Huges" (pronounced: huge-es)in reference to Robert Hughes, a well known fat gentleman. It is common practise for the crowd to chant "Huges, Huges, Huges" when Napier is batting or bowling.
- "BBC Sport: Awesome Napier shatters records". BBC News. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
- "Napier drafted into Lions squad". BBC Online. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
- "Graham Napier takes four in four for Essex against Surrey". BBC Online. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "BBC Sport: Sixes record matched by Essex all-rounder Graham Napier". BBC News. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
- Graham Napier at Cricket Archive
- Player profile: Graham Napier from ESPNcricinfo
- Graham Napier's Official Website