James Sykes (cricketer)

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James Sykes
Personal information
Full nameJames Stuart Sykes
Born (1992-04-26) 26 April 1992 (age 27)
Huntingdon, England
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
Domestic team information
2012–2017Leicestershire (squad no. 80)
First-class debut17 July 2013 Leics v Essex
List A debut21 June 2012 Leics v Australians
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 12 24 5
Runs scored 186 48 2
Batting average 12.40 6.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 34 15 2*
Balls bowled 1,995 883 90
Wickets 21 21 3
Bowling average 55.52 40.42 35.66
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 4/176 4/57 2/24
Catches/stumpings 6/– 3/– 0/–
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 senior debut in county cricket for Cambridgeshire in the 2010 MCCA Knockout Trophy against Lincolnshire.[1] Having played for the Leicestershire Second XI with some success,[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

On 22 June 2017, Sykes left Leicestershire by mutual consent to pursue other playing opportunities.[5]

Career best performances[edit]

as of 27 September 2013

Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Score Fixture Venue Season
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


  1. ^ "Minor Counties Trophy Matches played by James Sykes". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Player profile: James Sykes". Leicestershire County Cricket Club. www.leicestershireccc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Leicestershire v Australians, 2012". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Sykes, Ireland, Robson and Wells sign new deals". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  5. ^ "James Sykes: Leicestershire spinner leaves by mutual consent". BBC Sport. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

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