Carl Gazzard

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Carl Gazzard
Personal information
Full name Carl Matthew Gazzard
Born (1982-04-15) 15 April 1982 (age 35)
Penzance, England
Nickname Gazza, Sling Boy, Coral
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting style Right-hand batsman
Role Wicket keeper
Domestic team information
Years Team
2002–2009 Somerset
First-class debut 24 July 2002 Somerset v West Indians A
Last First-class 9 September 2008 Somerset v Durham
List A debut 4 May 1999 Cornwall v Cumberland
Last List A 14 May 2009 Somerset v Warwickshire
Career statistics
Competition FC List A T20
Matches 28 54 27
Runs scored 738 954 221
Batting average 19.94 23.85 17.00
100s/50s 0/1 1/4 0/0
Top score 74 157 39
Catches/stumpings 58/1 51/7 14/6
Source: Cricinfo, 4 August 2009

Carl Gazzard (born 15 April 1982 in Penzance, Cornwall) is a former English cricketer who played for Somerset. He was a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper.

He made his debut for Cornwall in 1998 and was their regular wicket-keeper in 1998 and 1999. He also made his debut for Somerset 2nd XI in 1998 making his first-class debut in 2002 and his Championship debut in 2003.

He became the regular wicket-keeper late in 2005 after the retirement of Robert Turner and was in the 2005 Twenty20 winning side as Somerset beat Lancashire at the Brit Oval, in the match he took two catches and a run out. In the semi-final against Leicestershire Gazzard impressed with his excellent glovework making two key stumpings and a run out, also he hit 16 off the penultimate over therefore receiving the man of the match award. A poor start to the 2006 season in which he scored only 305 first-class runs at 15.25 in 13 matches led to him being dropped from the Somerset first team for Sam Spurway to take his place.

In September 2009 Carl Gazzard retired from professional cricket at the age of 27 to pursue a career in finance. This was mainly due to a lack of first team opportunities at Somerset County Cricket Club due to the rise to prominence of Craig Kieswetter.

His grandfather, Gerry Gazzard was a footballer who played 126 games for West Ham United from 1949-50 to 1953-54.

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