John Maynard (cricketer)

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John Maynard
Personal information
Full name John Carl Maynard
Born (1969-05-18) 18 May 1969 (age 48)
Gingerland, Nevis
Nickname The Dentist
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006 Nevis Pro Team
1994 Norfolk
1991–1999 Leeward Islands
First-class debut 22 February 1992
Leeward Islands v Trinidad and Tobago
Last First-class 12 February 1999
Leeward Islands v Trinidad and Tobago
List A debut 20 February 1992
Leeward Islands v Trinidad and Tobago
Last List A 21 February 1995
Leeward Islands v Windward Islands
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 13 8 3
Runs scored 79 1 2
Batting average 6.58 0.50 2.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 19* 1 2
Balls bowled 1586 354 72
Wickets 35 12 7
Bowling average 25.11 20.66 11.00
5 wickets in innings 1 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 5/24 3/21 4/9
Catches/stumpings 4/– 0/– 0/–
Source: CricketArchive, 29 January 2009

John Carl Maynard, (born 18 May 1969, Gingerland, Nevis) known as The Dentist, is a former West Indian cricketer. In a first-class career of just 13 matches, he took 35 wickets.[1]

Aggressive style[edit]

A fast bowler, Maynard made an immediate impression on his List A debut (in the Geddes Grant Shield) for the Leeward Islands against Trinidad and Tobago in February 1992. He took a Man of the Match award for his three wickets, including former Test player Tony Gray, in a rain-reduced match.[2]

Maynard came to international prominence while playing against the 1993–94 England touring side when he participated in two warm-up match before the Test series. In the first, representing St Kitts and Nevis, he took three of the England top order wickets in the first innings, dismissing Michael Atherton, Matthew Maynard and Nasser Hussain. He finished with 3/91 as Mark Ramprakash took command, scoring 136.[3] He then played for the Leeward Islands in the second, picking up the wickets of Graham Thorpe, Graeme Hick and Ramprakash. The seven top-order batsman had scored just 44 runs between them.[4]

Atherton went on to explain Maynard's nickname: "No, he was not a dentist in his spare time, but he did like knocking out batsmen's teeth."[5] Maynard attributed the origins of the name to an incident when playing for Nevis against Antigua:

There was this bloke playing for Antigua called Zorah Barthley,[6] who was the West Indies youth team captain... First thing in the morning he nicks one but the umps didn't send him on his way, and that wound me up a bit. And so the next ball was four yards quicker than anything I've ever bowled. He shaped to hook, and his teeth went flying all over the place, and it was a funny old sight. But he was the man who made the Dentist really. I couldn't have done it without him.[1]

Maynard himself went on the record about his attitude:

"If you can't get them out, you gotta hurt them till they get out," he once said. "I think I've pretty much broken every part of the body so far, from the teeth to the jaw, to the nose, to the ribs, to the arms and the toes. I never worry about hurting them at the time."[1]

In 2006, Maynard returned to cricket and made a real impression in the inaugural Stanford 20/20 tournament in the West Indies. Playing for Nevis Pro Team, he took four wickets for just nine runs in his allotted four overs against rivals St Kitts. He was awarded the Man of the Match award, receiving $25,000.[1][7]

Reputation and legacy[edit]

For a cricketer who managed just 13 first-class matches and never played in an international,[1] Maynard achieved quite a reputation. An editor wrote in 2007: "One might even go so far as to suggest he is the most famous West Indian fast bowler never to have played a Test. Those who were not hooked on the coverage of England's tour of the Caribbean in 1993–94 will probably have no idea who he is. Others, like myself, could give chapter and verse on his marmalisation of England's middle-order during their build-up to that winter's Test series."[4]

Maynard himself was to say that he was always very close to receiving a Test call-up, but was pipped by Ottis Gibson, Vasbert Drakes and Nixon McLean.[4]

In 2007, Maynard was a guest summariser on Test Match Special.[4] In 2008, he represented Camden Cricket Club, based in Cambridge in English league cricket, taking 8/24 on debut.[8] In the 2010 season, Maynard played for Sheffield United Cricket Club in the ECB Yorkshire Cricket League, he picked up 32 wickets averaging 26.7. .[9] In 2011, Maynard returned to Yorkshire to play for Bardsey in the Aire-Wharfe League where he helped his club to the C Division Championship, taking 43 wickets and averaging a healthy 23 with the bat.

Maynard recently returned to the Cambridgeshire area, making his debut for newly promoted Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Premier League team; Castor & Ailsworth Cricket Club on 21 July 2012. Maynard bowled a tight 16 over spell taking 2/22.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e Williamson, Martin. Cricinfo player profile, Cricinfo. Retrieved on 29 January 2009.
  2. ^ Leeward Islands v Trinidad and Tobago, 20 February 1992, CricketArchive. Retrieved on 29 January 2009.
  3. ^ St Kitts and Nevis v England, 29 January 1994, CricketArchive. Retrieved on 29 January 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d Miller, Andrew, The Dentist from Nevis, 25 March 2007, Cricinfo. Retrieved on 30 January 2009.
  5. ^ Atherton, Michael (29 January 2009). "Shadow of the hangman looms over tour". The Times: 75. 
  6. ^ Sic. See Zorol Barthley
  7. ^ Nevis v St Kitts, 14 July 2006, CricketArchive. Retrieved on 29 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
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