Craig Wright (cricketer)
|Full name||Craig McIntyre Wright|
28 April 1974 |
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
|Batting style||Right-hand batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|ODI debut (cap 25)||5 August 2006 v Ireland|
|Last ODI||8 April 2009 v Canada|
|ODI shirt no.||99|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: CricketArchive, 13 June 2009|
Craig McIntyre Wright (born 28 April 1974 in Paisley) is a former Scottish cricket player who currently plays for Watsonian Cricket Club. He was a big hitting right-handed middle order batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler.
Wright had represented Scotland at both Under 16 and Under 19 level before making his senior debut in a match against Ireland on 9 August 1997. He went on to play 194 times for Scotland, including the 2007 Cricket World Cup, and 20/20 World Cup in 2007 & 2009. He overtook Greig Williamson in 2006 as the highest capped Scottish player. Career highlights include a hat trick against Denmark in 2004 and a man of the match performance to help Scotland upset Worcestershire in a 1998 NatWest series match. He was also Scotland's outstanding player of their first season in the English National Cricket League in 2003 (25 wickets at an average of 19.84) and topped the tournament bowling averages (16 wickets at 13.68) in Scotland's failed bid to qualify from the ICC World Cup qualifier in 2009 .
In 2002 he was appointed captain of the national side, a role he kept until stepping down at the end of the 2007 World Cup. As captain he lifted the 2004 Intercontinental Cup and the 2005 ICC Trophy for Scotland as well as steering them to the final of the ICC World League Division 1 (which qualified the team for the 2007 20/20 World Cup). In total he captained Scotland a record 107 times.
After being omitted from the Scottish side for the 1999 World Cup despite a strong showing the previous season, he had to wait until 2006 to make his One Day International debut. In his second ODI game, against the Netherlands, he hit Tim de Leede for six off the penultimate delivery to win the game. This effort was repeated against Ireland in the 2007 World League with Wright striking a six to level scores with two balls to go before hitting the winning boundary off the final delivery. Following Scotland's removal from the 2009 ICC Twenty20 Championship, Wright, then 35, announced his retirement.
He played an important role in Scottish cricket off the field, juggling his playing career with the job of Cricket Scotland's Performance Development Manager, having previously served as their Development Officer and Marketing Manager. He refocused his career on this role following his retirement as a player.
In April 2010 it was announced that Wright would be joining Edinburgh-based Watsonian Cricket Club after leaving Greenock.