Craig Meschede

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Craig Meschede
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Personal information
Full name Craig Anthony Joseph Meschede
Born (1991-11-21) 21 November 1991 (age 25)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Domestic team information
Years Team
2011–2016 Somerset (squad no. 26)
2015 Glamorgan (on loan)
2016–present Glamorgan (squad no. 44)
FC debut 18 May 2011 Somerset v Sussex
LA debut 15 May 2011 Somerset v Lancashire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 61 51 67
Runs scored 1,844 447 551
Batting average 24.58 14.90 14.50
100s/50s 2/10 0/0 0/1
Top score 107 45 53
Balls bowled 7,726 1,869 734
Wickets 121 51 38
Bowling average 37.82 33.47 28.00
5 wickets in innings 1 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 5/84 4/5 3/9
Catches/stumpings 21/– 11/– 12/–
Source: CricketArchive, 13 May 2017

Craig Anthony Joseph Meschede (born 21 November 1991) is a South African born cricketer who plays for Glamorgan County Cricket Club. An all-rounder, he bowls right-arm medium-fast, and bats right-handed. He made his debut for the Somerset County Cricket Club in the 2011 Caribbean Twenty20, and played regular Twenty20 cricket for the county during the 2011 English domestic season. He also made occasional appearances in both first-class and one-day cricket. He received modest media coverage when he claimed the wicket of Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar as his first in first-class cricket.

Life and career[edit]

Craig Meschede was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 November 1991 to a German father,[1] Meschede attended King's College, where he played a number of good innings,[2] On the completion of his A-levels, he signed a two-year contract with Somerset County Cricket Club, eligible to play as a non-overseas player due to his German passport.[3] He made his debut for Somerset along with five other players during their opening match of the 2011 Caribbean Twenty20, when Somerset were missing a number of key players.[4] Meschede was run out for one run in the match, which Somerset lost narrowly.[5] He managed more runs in the remaining three matches of the competition, and finished with 55 runs in the tournament at an average of 27.50.[6] He began the 2011 English domestic season playing for Somerset's second team, but got an opportunity in the middle of May for the first team, being selected for the Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Lancashire. He was not required to bat or bowl on his one-day debut,[7] but was picked for the County Championship match during the same week. Facing Sussex, he scored 18 and 15 not out in an eight wicket loss for Somerset.[8] After these matches, he returned to the second team until the middle of June, when he was called up for a Twenty20 match. He made a few appearances low in the order, but his best performance came when he batted at number three against Glamorgan, when he scored 53.[9] He enjoyed little success with the bat in his other matches, irrespective of his position in the batting order, and finished with a batting average of 15.62 in the competition; his 53 being his only half-century.[10] He enjoyed some modest successes as a bowler: against Essex, he took three wickets in just nine balls, during a match in which Essex were bowled out for 82 runs; Somerset won the match by 143 runs.[11] In the competition as a whole, he was bowled sparingly, bowling just 63 balls, but his bowling average; 13.66 was second on the team behind Arul Suppiah.[12]

He claimed his maiden first-class wicket against the touring Indians, taking the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar.[13] He played more regularly for Somerset towards the end of the 2011 season, when the side was affected by injuries, and scored his debut half-century in first-class cricket in the second innings of the match against Hampshire, reaching 53.[14]

On 18 November 2014, Meschede joined Glamorgan County Cricket Club on a season long loan for the 2015 season.[15]

On 21 April 2015, Meschede scored a career best and a match-saving 101 against Surrey in the county championship.[16]

On 25 January 2015, Meschede joined Glamorgan permanently on a three-year contract.[17]


  1. ^ James, Steve (26 June 2011). "Craig Meschede is Somerset's new hero with a thrilling 58 as Glamorgan go under". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Davies, Gareth A (21 May 2009). "School Sport: King's College Taunton unveil new cricket star". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Somerset recruit promising teenage pair from King's College". This is Bath. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Goulding, Justin (12 January 2011). "Shoddy Somerset throw it away". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Guyana v Somerset: Caribbean T20 2010/11 (Group A)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Batting and Fielding for Somerset: Caribbean T20 2010/11". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Somerset v Lancashire: Clydesdale Bank 40 2011 (Group C)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sussex v Somerset: LV County Championship 2011 (Division 1)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Somerset v Glamorgan: Friends Life t20 2011 (South Division)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Twenty20 Batting and Fielding in Each Season by Craig Meschede". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Essex v Somerset: Friends Life t20 2011 (South Division)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Bowling for Somerset: Friends Life t20 2011". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Marks, Vic (16 July 2011). "Sachin Tendulkar dismissed by teenager as Somerset embarrass India". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Somerset v Hampshire: LV County Championship 2011 (Division 1)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  15. ^ Dobell, George (18 November 2014). "Allenby and Meschede in swap deal". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
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  17. ^ "Glamorgan sign all-rounder Craig Meschede on three-year deal from Somerset". Wales Online. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 

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