Neil Fairbrother

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Neil Fairbrother
Personal information
Full name Neil Harvey Fairbrother
Born (1963-09-09) 9 September 1963 (age 53)
Warrington, Lancashire (now in Cheshire), England
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 10 75 366 505
Runs scored 219 2092 20,612 14,761
Batting average 15.64 39.47 41.22 41.69
100s/50s –/1 1/16 47/104 9/107
Top score 83 113 366 145
Balls bowled 12 6 795 174
Wickets 7 3
Bowling average 71.42 64.33
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 2/91 1/17
Catches/stumpings 4/– 33/– 290/– 185/–
Source: Cricinfo, 23 April 2011

Neil Fairbrother (born Neil Harvey Fairbrother, 9 September 1963, Warrington, then Lancashire)[1] is a former English cricketer, named by his mother after her favourite player, the Australian cricketer Neil Harvey.[1] He was educated at Lymm High School.

Fairbrother played for Lancashire, Transvaal and England. He was team captain of Lancashire in 1992–1993. Cricket writer, Colin Bateman, described Fairbrother as "an inventive, intelligent left-hander".[1]

Life and career[edit]

Fairbrother made his international debut on 2 April 1987, in a One Day International against India. Following a match-winning century against a West Indies side including Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh at Lord's in 1991, he established himself as a regular in middle-order of the one-day side for several years. Test success, however, proved elusive. Bowled for a duck on his debut, he made just ten Test appearances for England, with only one half-century from 15 innings, at an average of 15.64.[1] However, his international honours included appearing for England in three Cricket World Cups.[2]

In 1990, Fairbrother scored 366 for Lancashire against Surrey at The Oval. 311 of his runs came in a single day, and his feat is unique in that he scored at least 100 runs in each of the three sessions that day.[3] Another milestone came in 1998, when he became the first man to play in ten Lord's one-day domestic cricket cup finals.

Fairbrother retired in 2002, and became Director of Cricket at International Sports Management, a sports agency that represents several leading English Test cricketers.


  1. ^ a b c d Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 66. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  2. ^ "Neil Fairbrother - Profile". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. p. 108. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4. 

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