John Harvey (cricketer)

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John Harvey
Personal information
Full name John Frank Harvey
Born (1939-09-27)27 September 1939
Barnwell, Cambridgeshire, England
Died 20 August 2003(2003-08-20) (aged 63)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm off-break bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
1961–1967 MCC
19631972 Derbyshire
First-class debut 14 June 1961 MCC v Scotland
Last First-class 9 September 1972 Derbyshire v Lancashire
List A debut 2 May 1964 Derbyshire v Northamptonshire
Last List A 25 June 1986 Berkshire v Gloucestershire
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 206 84
Runs scored 7538 1416
Batting average 24.16 19.39
100s/50s 4/33 0/6
Top score 168 67
Balls bowled 71 60
Wickets 1 1
Bowling average 21.00 47.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1–0 1–27
Catches/stumpings 87/- 27/-
Source: [1], November 2011

John Frank Harvey (27 September 1939 – 20 August 2003) was an English cricketer who played first-class cricket for MCC from 1961 to 1967 and for Derbyshire from 1963 to 1972.

Harvey was born at Barnwell, Cambridgeshire. He started his first-class career playing one game for Marylebone Cricket Club against Scotland in 1961. In 1962 he umpired two matches for MCC. He was picked up by Derbyshire in 1963 season and, after three matches, made his debut in that year's County Championship against Somerset. He scored a century against Kent in his second Championship match. Though his average fluctuated over following seasons, he continued to perform well throughout the mid-1960s. In the 1966 season he was the only Derbyshire player to score a century in the Championship, and in the 1967 season he scored his best season average. One fine innings was at Chesterfield in the 1968 season when he scored 92 as Derbyshire lost by only eight runs to the touring Australians.

With one season out of the game during his eleven-year spell, Harvey saw the team through some tough times, heading the opening order on his peak form, but happy to perform in the middle order when his form was suffering. Harvey was released from Derbyshire in a shake-up in the 1972 season. He put in one-day appearanced for Minor Counties North and Cambridgeshire in 1975 and for Minor Counties East in 1976.

Harvey was a right-handed batsman and played 344 innings in 206 first class games with an average of 24.16 and a top score of 168. He also played 81 innings in 84 one-day matches. He was a right-arm offbreak bowler and took one first class wicket at the cost of 71 runs and one in one day cricket.[1]

Harvey became coach and groundsman at Bradfield College, and started playing for Berkshire in 1978. He was captain of Berkshire in 1980 and represented them until the age of 46, in the Minor Counties Championship. Harvey's approach at Bradfield was appreciated by the boys over his 25 years there. Mark Nicholas, who captained Bradfield in 1976 noted "He allowed young cricketers to have their say. There was nothing schoolmasterly about it."[2]

Harvey died in Reading, Berks aged 63,after suffering from a brain tumour.

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