Brian Crump

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Brian Crump
Personal information
Full nameBrian Stanley Crump
Born (1938-04-25) 25 April 1938 (age 81)
Chell, England
NicknameThe Atomic Pill
BowlingRight-arm (Off break/Medium Pace)
International information
National side
Domestic team information
1961–63Marylebone Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition FC List A
Matches 321 72
Runs scored 8789 691
Batting average 23.88 14.70
100s/50s 5/40 0/2
Top score 133* 74
Balls bowled 54533 3130
Wickets 814 87
Bowling average 24.77 20.00
5 wickets in innings 30 1
10 wickets in match 5
Best bowling 7/29 5/16
Catches/stumpings 144/– 11/–
Source: Cricinfo, 5 July 2009

Brian Stanley Crump (born 25 April 1938, in Chell, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England) is a former cricketer who played for Northamptonshire.


Crump's father was Staffordshire Minor Counties cricketer Stanley Crump,[1] while his cousins were David Steele (of Northamptonshire and England) and John Steele (of Leicestershire and Glamorgan).


Brian Crump was a pillar of the Northamptonshire side in the 1960s. Perhaps his finest cricketing moment came at Cardiff in August 1965. Northamptonshire and Glamorgan were both in strong contention for County Championship honours, and Keith Andrew's men secured a tense 18-run victory which, at the time, looked to have given them a decisive advantage in the title race. Crump took 8-142 from 76.3 overs in the game, conceding less than two runs an over, and was carried into the pavilion when the final Glamorgan wicket went down, having bowled unchanged in the second innings.

As a batsman, he managed five centuries—with a ten-year gap between the second and third—and made his best score of 133 not out against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1971.

He was released at the end of his benefit year, 1972, but was still trundling away in club and over-50's cricket the best part of three decades later. His influence has been continued to be felt through his encouragement of Northamptonshire's former off-spinner and fellow Staffordshire boy Jason Brown.[2]

Crump's family cricketing links include his father Stanley Crump who represented Staffordshire between 1930 and 1960, son Neil Crump who represented Staffordshire at all junior levels, daughter Julie Crump who played for England Women in 1989 and grandson Austen Crump who is representing Staffordshire at junior level.


  1. ^ Bernard Hollowood, Cricket on the Brain, Sportsman's Book Club, Newton Abbot, 1972, p. 42.
  2. ^ Radd, Andrew (1 March 2001). Northamptonshire County Cricket Club (100 Greats). The History Press Ltd. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-7524-2195-7.

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