Leon Johnson (cricketer)
|Full name||Leon Rayon Johnson|
8 August 1987 |
|Bowling style||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|ODI debut (cap 142)||20 August 2008 v Bermuda|
|Last ODI||24 August 2008 v Canada|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: CricketArchive, 21 April 2011|
born 8 August 1987 in Georgetown, Demerara, Johnson made his first class debut for Guyana in the 2003/04 season when he played in two first class matches, scoring just four runs from 3 innings. He did not feature in Guyana's first-class team for the next three seasons. He made his list A debut in the 2007/08 season.
In the 2007/08 domestic season, Johnson scored 427 runs at an average of 42.70 from 6 matches for Guyana in the Carib Beer Series. He fell six runs short of his maiden first-class century on 7 March 2008 when he edged a wide delivery from off-spinner Shirley Clarke against Combined Campuses and Colleges. The innings was his highest score of the season.
Before representing the West Indies at senior level, Johnson was part of the West Indies under-19 team and played in seven youth One Day Internationals (ODI). he scored 30 runs at an average of 30.00 with a high score of 29* and took nine wickets at 27.44 with his slow bowling with best bowling figures of 3/24. Johnson captained the under-19 side at the 2006 under-19 World Cup; amongst his performances was an innings of 83 against South Africa to help his team secure a place in the next round of the competition.
Consistent performances in the Carib Beer Series led to Johnson's selection for the tri-series involving Bermuda and Canada. He made his international debut – along with Brendan Nash and Kemar Roach – in a One Day International match against Bermuda. Johnson scored 27 runs off 28 balls before being caught out off the spin bowling of Delyone Borden as the West Indies won by six wickets. Johnson scored his first ODI half century on 22 August 2008. He scored 51 off 77 balls in a 128-run stand with Xavier Marshall who in the same innings broke the record for number of sixes hit in an ODI as West Indies beat Canada by 49 runs. In the final against Canada, Johnson was out to debutant Balaji Rao Dorakanti for one run from nine balls as the West Indies won by seven wickets.
On 1 November 2008, the ODI squad to tour Pakistan was announced, with Johnson as one of the members. John Dyson, the West Indies coach, stated that Johnson's performance against Canada and Bermuda had shown he was ready to perform against leading cricket teams such as Pakistan. On the same day, it was announced that Johnson was one of four players – along with Lionel Baker, Brendan Nash, and Kemar Roach – without a Test cap to be named in the 15-man squad selected to tour New Zealand for a Test series. However, Johnson did not play in the series.
- Players and Officials – Leon Johnson, Cricinfo.com Retrieved on 7 February 2007.
- First-class batting and fielding in each season by Leon Johnson, CricketArchive.com Retrieved on 20 August 2008.
- ListA batting and fielding in each season by Leon Johnson, CricketArchive.com Retrieved on 20 August 2008.
- Cricinfo staff (12 August 2008), Nash in line for West Indies debut, Cricinfo.com Retrieved on 20 August 2008.
- Cricinfo staff (7 March 2008), Chanderpaul's unbeaten 161 spurs Guyana, Cricinfo.com Retrieved on 20 August 2008.
- Leon Johnson profile, CricketArchive Retrieved on 21 August 2008.
- Brian Murgatroyd (27 January 2006), West Indies ready and raring, Cricinfo.com Retrieved on 21 August 2008.
- Andrew McGlashan (21 February 2006), The world at their feet, Cricinfo.com Retrieved on 21 August 2008.
- Andrew McGlashan (10 February 2006), Windies waltz as South Africa stumble, Cricinfo.com Retrieved on 21 August 2008.
- Cricinfo staff (20 August 2008), Sarwan seals West Indies success, Cricinfo.com Retrieved on 21 August 2008.
- Cricinfo staff (22 August 2008), Marshall breaks sixes record in West Indies win, Cricinfo.com Retrieved on 23 August 2008.
- Cricinfo staff (24 August 2008), Gayle century blasts West Indies to title, Cricinfo.com Retrieved on 30 August 2008.
- Cricinfo staff (1 November 2008), Nash in West Indies Test squad, Cricinfo.com Retrieved on 12 November 2008.
- One-Day International matches played by Leon Johnson (3), Cricket Archive Retrieved on 21 April 2011.