Kim Barnett

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Kim Barnett
Personal information
Full name Kim John Barnett
Born (1960-07-17) 17 July 1960 (age 56)
Leek, Staffordshire, England
Height 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm leg-breaks
Role Derbyshire captain 1983–1995
International information
National side
Test debut 25 August 1988 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 6 July 1989 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1979–1998 Derbyshire
1982–1988 Boland
1984–1987 Impalas
1999–2002 Gloucestershire
2003–2010 Staffordshire
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs First-class List A
Matches 4 1 479 527
Runs scored 207 84 28,593 15,564
Batting average 29.57 84.00 40.38 34.89
100s/50s -/2 -/1 61/153 17/92
Top score 80 84 239* 136
Balls bowled 6 14221 3782
Wickets 188 113
Bowling average n/a 37.80 26.37
5 wickets in innings 3 2
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling n/a 6/28 6/24
Catches/stumpings 1/- -/- 284/- 174/-
Source: [1], 14 July 2010

Kim John Barnett (born 17 July 1960) is a retired English cricketer.

Barnett was a batsman who played internationally for England between 1988 and 1989. He mainly played for Derbyshire, from 1979 to 1998 and Gloucestershire from 1999 to 2002. He also played for South African teams Boland and Impalas.

He was primarily a batsman, but could also deploy effective leg spin, and topped the English first-class bowling averages in 1994 with 13.30, albeit with only thirteen wickets to his name.

Life and career[edit]

Barnett played the bulk of his county cricket for Derbyshire, and was captain between 1983 and 1995.[1] He remained at the club for several more years, until clashes with players and the county's committee resulted in his leaving for Gloucestershire in 1999. He was disappointed not to be offered a renewal of his contract after the 2002 season, and retired from first-class cricket, although he continued to play in regional league competitions.

Barnett played only four Test matches for England, partly as a result of bad fortune and partly of his own choice. He was selected for the 1988/89 tour to India, which was cancelled, and then accepted a place on the Mike Gatting led rebel tour of South Africa in 1989/90, and was immediately banned from Test cricket for three years.[1]

Barnett in 479 matches, scored 28,593 first-class runs at an average of 40.38, with 61 centuries and a top score of 239 not out, made against Leicestershire. He passed 1000 runs in a season 16 times, including eleven consecutive seasons between 1983 and 1993.[2]

In one-day cricket, according to former Gloucestershire coach John Bracewell, Barnett played a key role in a very successful side:

winning a "double double" in 1999 and 2000 (both the Benson and Hedges Cup and the C&G Trophy, in both seasons), while also pocketing the Sunday League in 2000 ... Key to all this was veteran opener Kim Barnett, who Bracewell described as "like Duckworth-Lewis before it was invented". It was Barnett who would first calculate the par score, then systematically plot the road map to that total.[3]

He was coach of the Minor Counties side, Staffordshire, and played for them on occasion.

Barnett was named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1989.

Outside cricket[edit]

Barnett used to play for Rocester F.C. and Leek Town before football took a back seat for cricket.


  1. ^ a b Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 20. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  2. ^ Kim Barnett at Cricket Archive
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Barry Wood
Derbyshire cricket captains
Succeeded by
Dean Jones