|Full name||Michael Eric John Charles Norman|
19 January 1933 |
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
|Bowling||Right Arm Leg Break|
|Domestic team information|
Source: CricketArchive, 16 June 2010
Norman's first-class debut, against India in 1952, coincided with that of Frank Tyson, who regarded the young Norman as 'another Dennis Brookes in the making.' It took several seasons for Norman to establish himself in the first team, but in 1959, Brookes' last season, the Northampton Grammar School old boy made his presence felt with just over 1,000 runs and a maiden Championship century against Warwickshire. The following year, where he established a long running opening partnership with Brian Reynolds, Norman 'improved immensely' according to the Annual Report, and the four summers between 1960 and 1963 brought him 7,150 County runs. His four hundreds in 1963 included 152 against Nottinghamshire at Northampton, his highest for the County, but the next two seasons found him struggling for any degree of consistency. Against Glamorgan in 1964 he suffered the miserable experience of a 'king pair (falling to the first ball of each innings, on the same day, to Ossie Wheatley both times. At the end of 1965, Norman made his move to Leicestershire and enjoyed a new lease of cricketing life. he played on until 1975, combining cricket with teaching in the last few years of his career, and adapted with conspicuous success to the rough-and-tumble of the John Player League which Leicestershire won, with the help of Norman in 1974.
- Scorecard: Northamptonshire v Nottinghamshire in 1963 CricketArchive. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
- Scorecard: Glamorgan v Northamptonshire in 1964 CricketArchive. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
- *Radd, Andrew (February 2001). 100 Greats: Northamptonshire County Cricket Club. Northampton: Tempus Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7524-2195-6.