James Sykes (cricketer)
|Full name||James Stuart Sykes|
|Born||26 April 1992|
|Bowling||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Domestic team information|
|2012–2017||Leicestershire (squad no. 80)|
|First-class debut||17 July 2013 Leics v Essex|
|List A debut||21 June 2012 Leics v Australians|
Source: CricketArchive, 23 June 2017
James Stuart Sykes (born 26 April 1992) is an English cricketer. Sykes is a left-handed batsman who bowls slow left-arm orthodox and who most recently played county cricket for Leicestershire. He was born at Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, and was educated at St Ivo School.
Sykes made his first team debut for Leicestershire in a List A match against the touring Australians at Grace Road in 2012. Leicestershire won the toss and put the Australians into bat, with the tourists making 241 all out from 41 overs, following several delays due to rain. Sykes took his maiden wicket when he dismissed Shane Watson for a single run. Further rain delays meant Leicestershire target was reduced to 239 from 36 overs. Leicestershire could only manage to make 136 all out, with Sykes being dismissed for 2 runs by Michael Clarke.
In 2013, Sykes took an active role in Leicestershire's season, taking 12 wickets in 7 County Championship matches and featuring regularly in Leicester's YB40 campaign. He was rewarded with a new 2-year deal keeping him at Grace Road until the end of the 2015 season.
On 22 June 2017, Sykes left Leicestershire by mutual consent to pursue other playing opportunities.
Career best performances
as of 27 September 2013
|FC||34||Leicestershire v Lancashire||Manchester||2013||4–176||Leicestershire v Essex||Chelmsford||2013|
|LA||15||Leicestershire Foxes v Gloucestershire Gladiators||Bristol||2013||3–39||Leicestershire Foxes v Netherlands||Amstelveen||2012|
|T20||2*||Leicestershire Foxes v Nottinghamshire Outlaws||Nottingham||2012||2–24||Leicestershire Foxes v Nottinghamshire Outlaws||Nottingham||2012|
- "Minor Counties Trophy Matches played by James Sykes". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "Player profile: James Sykes". Leicestershire County Cricket Club. www.leicestershireccc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "Leicestershire v Australians, 2012". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "Sykes, Ireland, Robson and Wells sign new deals". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- "James Sykes: Leicestershire spinner leaves by mutual consent". BBC Sport. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.