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|Full name||Anthony Clarkson|
5 September 1939 |
Killinghall, Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off-break|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||19 June 1963 Yorkshire v Gloucestershire|
|Last First-class||30 August 1971 Somerset v Indians|
|List A debut||14 June 1967 Somerset v Northamptonshire|
|Last List A||22 August 1971 Somerset v Worcestershire|
|Source: CricketArchive, 20 December 2009|
born 5 September 1939, Killinghall, Harrogate, Yorkshire, Clarkson was a right-handed opening batsman and off break bowler, and played his early cricket for the Harrogate Club, for whom he opened both the batting and the bowling. After first playing for the Yorkshire Second XI in 1958, he made his debut for his native county in 1963, playing when the Test stars were away. He moved to Somerset in 1966 and played until 1971, winning his Somerset cap in 1968. Clarkson's father had been a league professional for Rothwell C.C. in the Leeds League before World War II.
In 110 matches he scored 4,458 runs at 25.18, with two centuries and a best of 131 for an average of 25.18. He took 13 wickets at 28.25. He played 50 one day games, scoring 752 runs with a best of 102* at 16.93, and taking two wickets.
He played for several clubs as a professional until 1991, when he retired aged 51. He had five successful years in the North Yorkshire-South Durham league, scoring more than 1,000 runs each season and, in the Bradford League, playing for Windhill, he was second only to Vinoo Mankad in their aggregate run scores. After retiring from the field he became an umpire, joining the first-class circuit in 1996.
Clarkson spent the 1980s in the Harrogate area, employed as Customer Services Manager for Yorkshire Water. One of his colleagues was Peter Chadwick, who played for Yorkshire with Clarkson in the 1960s.