Norman Graham

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Norman Graham
Personal information
Full name John Norman Graham
Born (1943-05-08) 8 May 1943 (age 71)
Hexham, Northumberland, England
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium pace
Domestic team information
Years Team
1964–1977 Kent
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 189 123
Runs scored 408 85
Batting average 3.88 6.07
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 23 13
Balls bowled 36,409 6254
Wickets 614 172
Bowling average 22.34 18.68
5 wickets in innings 26 1
10 wickets in match 3 n/a
Best bowling 8/20 5/7
Catches/stumpings 40/0 24/0
Source: CricketArchive, 9 September 2014

John Norman Graham, born at Hexham, Northumberland, on 8 May 1943, was a cricketer who played for Kent during the county's years of success in the late 1960s and early 1970s.[1]

Graham was a tall medium-fast right-arm bowler and an absolute tail-ender in terms of batting. Having played a few matches for Kent in each season from 1964, he took 104 first-class wickets in the 1967 season at an average of 13.90 to come third in the national bowling averages. Kent finished as runners-up in the County Championship and won the Gillette Cup, the county's most successful season for 39 years. Though little more than medium pace, Graham was able to use his height – 2.03 metres or 6 feet 8 inches – to produce the kind of bounce and lateral movement normally associated with faster bowlers.

In 1968, he was picked for the MCC match against Surrey at Lord's, an indication that he may have been in the England selectors' thoughts. But though he took five wickets for 54 runs in Surrey's second innings, he alone of the MCC team that match never played for England.[2]

Graham was never again to reproduce the kind of form he displayed in 1967, but he remained a useful county performer for Kent for a further nine seasons, taking more than 70 wickets in 1968, 1969 and 1971. In 1969, he took eight Essex wickets for 20 runs in the match at Brentwood as the home side was dismissed for just 34.[3] He also became a highly effective bowler in one-day cricket in the early 1970s. He remained with Kent until the 1977 season.

Graham was a No 11 batsman for all of his career. His highest score in first-class cricket was only 23 and in 123 one-day matches he only got into double figures once. His total of first-class wickets comfortably exceeded his total of first-class runs and he never made 70 runs in a season.

After retirement from first-class cricket, he played Minor Counties cricket for his native Northumberland. His cousin, Peter Graham, also played first-class and List A cricket.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Norman Graham". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  2. ^ "Scorecard: Marylebone Cricket Club v Surrey". www.cricketarchive.com. 1968-05-01. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 
  3. ^ "Scorecard: Essex v Kent". www.cricketarchive.com. 1969-05-21. Retrieved 2010-02-18.