Peter John Kippax (born 15 October 1940, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England) was an English first-class cricketer who played for Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland. A right-handed batsman and leg spin bowler, he played five first-class matches but they spanned twenty six years. He made his debut in 1961 for Yorkshire, and yet played his last first-class match, for the MCC, in 1987.
Kippax played three times in his debut season of 1961, against Sussex, Leicestershire and Kent and once in 1962 against the touring Pakistani team. The Yorkshire team, about to begin their domination of the County Championship during the 1960s were well served with spinners such as Ray Illingworth and Don Wilson, and had little room for Kippax's leg spinners.
After his rejection by Yorkshire he turned his attention to the leagues and, from 1975 to 1990, Minor Counties cricket with Durham. Fifteen years after his last Yorkshire appearance he turned out for the MCC against the Tykes at North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough in September 1987, taking the wickets of centurians Ashley Metcalfe and Ian Swallow, as well as Peter Hartley and Phil Robinson for a duck.
In his eight first-class innings he scored 40 runs, with a highest score of 9 for an average of 6.66, and took 12 wickets at 33.00 with a best return of 5 for 74. In 13 one day matches for Durham and Northumberland, he averaged 17.00 with the bat, scoring 187 runs with a best of 42, and took 20 wickets at 19.35 with a best of 3 for 24.
He has run his own bat making business for almost thirty years, Peter Kippax Sports and now Kippax Willow, with his English willow bats being used by many Yorkshire county and league players.
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