James Graham-Brown

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James Graham-Brown
Personal information
Full nameJames Martin Hilary Graham-Brown
Born (1951-07-11) 11 July 1951 (age 68)
Thetford, Norfolk
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium-pace
RelationsLionel Blaxland (great-uncle)
Annie Hemingway (daughter)
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1974–1976Kent
1977–1978Derbyshire
1981–1984Cornwall
1989–1991Dorset
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 30 27
Runs scored 368 227
Batting average 12.26 13.35
100s/50s 0/0 0/1
Top score 43 58
Balls bowled 1,340 486
Wickets 12 11
Bowling average 58.00 34.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/23 3/4
Catches/stumpings 8/– 6/–
Source: Cricinfo, 15 November 2016

James Martin Hilary Graham-Brown (born 11 July 1951) is a former English professional cricketer and schoolteacher. He is now a playwright who writes under the nom de plume Dougie Blaxland.

Early life and education[edit]

Graham-Brown was born at Thetford in Norfolk, the son of Lewis Graham-Brown and his wife Elizabeth Blaxland. He attended Sevenoaks School in Kent, playing in the First XI for several years and as captain in 1970, when he scored 403 runs at an average of 40.30 and took 45 wickets at 8.60.[1] He read English Literature at the University of Kent, obtaining a first-class honours degree, and then went on to Bristol University to complete a master's degree in Philosophy.[2]

Cricket career[edit]

Graham-Brown was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler who played for Kent, Derbyshire, Cornwall and Dorset between 1974 and 1991.

After playing for Young England teams in 1969 and 1970, Graham-Brown made his debut for Kent's Second XI in 1971.[3] He was retained as a young professional by Kent, although encouraged by the club's secretary and manager Les Ames to attend university at the same time.[4] He made his senior debut for Kent in the 1974 John Player League before going on to make his first-class cricket debut against Middlesex at Canterbury in August 1974 and playing in the county's winning team in the 1974 Gillette Cup final.[3][4] He spent six years with Kent, a time he has described as being "largely on the fringes"[5] of the team, before moving to Derbyshire ahead of the 1977 season. After two seasons that he has described as "disappointing"[5] with Derbyshire he retired from professional cricket, playing Minor Counties cricket for Cornwall until 1984 and for Dorset between 1989 and 1991.[3]

Graham-Brown's great-uncle, Lionel Blaxland, played first-class cricket for Derbyshire, primarily between 1932 and 1935.

Later career[edit]

Graham-Brown became a schoolteacher. He was Headteacher of Truro High School for eight years[2] before taking up the position of Headmaster of the independent girls' school, the Royal High School, Bath, on Lansdown in Bath. In December 2009, after 11 years in the position, he retired.[6]

He writes plays under the nom de plume of Dougie Blaxland. His one-man play When the Eye Has Gone, about the life and death of the Test cricketer Colin Milburn, was performed around England in late 2016, including performances at all 18 County Championship cricket grounds.[7][8] In 2019 The Long Walk Back, his play about the former Test cricketer Chris Lewis, was first produced at HMP Portland, Dorset.[9]

Plays[edit]

Dougie Blaxland's plays, with date of first performance:

  • Leaving Samson (1997)
  • Marital Moments (2002)
  • Moving In and Taking Over (2004)
  • Going Down (2005)
  • Crisis (2006)
  • A Degree of Compulsion (2006)
  • Hatching Vain Empires (2006)
  • Hitching Rides Home (2006)
  • A Hostage Close to Home (2006)
  • A Public Kind Of Privacy (2006)[10]
  • Redeeming Lizzie Reeve (2006)
  • Speaking Ill Of the Dead (2006)
  • Chauntecleer and Pertelotte (2007)[11]
  • Getting Scrap Value (2007)
  • The Wild Woods (2008)
  • That Moment (2008)
  • You'll Never Guess What? (2008)
  • If I Were a Carpenter (2010)
  • Never Any Fruit (2010)
  • Biggles Flies a Fokker Home (2011)[12]
  • Machamlear (2011)[13]
  • The Tamworth Two (2011)[14]
  • Bursary Boy (2012)
  • A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2012)[15]
  • Jane Eyre: An Autobiography (2013)[16]
  • The King of the Choughs (2014)[17]
  • Wuthering Heights (2014)
  • Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson's Right Boot (2015)[18]
  • When the Eye Has Gone (2016)[19]
  • The Long Walk Back (2019)
  • Getting the Third Degree (2019, forthcoming)[20]

Personal life[edit]

He lost the sight of one eye in 2013.[21] His daughter, Annie Hemingway, is an actress.[22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wisden 1971, p. 834.
  2. ^ a b "After Dinner Speaker: James Graham-Brown". Quality Entertainments. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c James Graham-Brown, CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b Graham-Brown J (2016) 'When the eye has gone', in The Nightwatchman vol.15, pp.53–56.
  5. ^ a b Graham-Brown J Op. cit. p.53.
  6. ^ Bath Chronicle
  7. ^ Hopps, David. "Belly laughs and sadness". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  8. ^ Hugh Chevallier, "When the Eye Has Gone", Wisden 2017, pp. 172-73.
  9. ^ Engel, Matthew. "The Long Walk Back: play about Chris Lewis has its first night behind bars". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  10. ^ "First Draft Theatre Company Presents 'A Public Kind of Privacy'". First Draft Theatre. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Chauntecleer and Pertelotte". TimeOut. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  12. ^ Gordon, Sue. "Biggles Flies A Fokker Home". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Richard III, Boxed Romeo and Juliet, The Incubator..." UKViews. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Tamworth 2 now stars of a new play". Bath Chronicle. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  15. ^ "A Christmas Carol The Musical (review)". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  16. ^ Franks, Paul. "Jane Eyre: An Autobiography (review)". janeeyreanautobiography. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  17. ^ "The King Of The Choughs – Review". The Minack Theatre. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  18. ^ "A play for the Rugby World Cup 2015". Everyman Theatre. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  19. ^ "When The Eye Has Gone (review)". Everyman Theatre. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  20. ^ "Getting The Third Degree by Dougie Blaxland". www.ticketsource.co.uk. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  21. ^ "Colin Milburn Play: When the Eye Has Gone". AllOutCricket.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Blinded-Bath-writer-James-Graham-Brown-stages/story-19979643-detail/story.html

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