|Full name||Jonathan Neil Batty|
18 April 1974 |
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 17 September 2012|
Jonathan Neil "Jon" Batty (born 18 April 1974 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire) is a former English cricketer who played for Surrey and Gloucestershire. Batty played as a wicket-keeper batsman. He will play for Northants as a wicketkeeper at Southampton against Hampshire on Tuesday 3 September 2013 in the County Championship.
On graduating from Durham University in 1995, Batty joined Hampshire. However, he was not retained. He continued his career on in minor county cricket before being offered contracts with Somerset and Surrey. He chose to become Surrey's third-choice wicket-keeper after Graham Kersey and Alec Stewart. Kersey, however, died from injuries in a car crash in Australia. With Stewart often unavailable to Surrey due to England duties, Batty was able to enjoy regular first team action, often opening the batting when Mark Butcher was also playing for England. Batty was a regular player in Surrey's sustained success, winning three county championships around the turn of the century.
Following Stewart's retirement from international cricket at the end of the 2003 season, Batty was surprisingly not mentioned in media discussions over Stewart's replacement – despite a county average of 57 that season. England's chairman of selectors, David Graveney said Batty's performances do not go unnoticed, but he remained in the international wilderness.
Batty captained Surrey in 2004. However, after a poor season, which saw champions Surrey relegated in the One Day Pro40 tournament, Batty was replaced as captain by Mark Butcher. However, Batty retained his place in the side and was awarded a benefit year by the county in 2009.
Batty equalled the world record for most catches in an innings with 8, against Kent at The Oval in 2004. Shortly afterwards he broke the record for most catches in a match with 11, against Lancashire, breaking the record of then Surrey coach Steve Rixon.
It was announced in October 2009 that Batty was leaving Surrey, having signed a three-year contract with Gloucestershire. He retired following the end of the 2012 season. In an article in the Daily Telegraph reviewing his career, Simon Briggs claimed that he was "the finest uncapped player of the last 20 years".
Career best performances
|FC||168*||Surrey v Essex||Chelmsford||2003||1–21||Surrey v Lancashire||Manchester||2000|
|LA||158*||Surrey Lions v Hampshire Hawks||The Oval||2005||-|
|T20||59||Surrey Brown Caps v Essex Eagles||The Oval||2006||-|
- Batty heads for Gloucestershire Retrieved 29 October 2009
- "Jon Batty announces retirement". ESPNcricinfo. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
- "Stealthy exit for stalwart of the shires". Daily Telegraph. 22 September 2012. p. S24.