Paul Fisher (cricketer, born 1954)

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Paul Fisher
Personal information
Full namePaul Bernard Fisher
Born (1954-12-19) 19 December 1954 (age 63)
Edmonton, Middlesex, England
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingN/A
RoleWicket-keeper
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1974–1978Oxford University
1975–1978Combined Universities
1979Middlesex
1980–1981Worcestershire
First-class debut24 April 1974 Ox. Uni. v Leics
Last First-class25 July 1981 Worcs v Australia
List A debut17 May 1975 Comb. Unis v Warks
Last List A31 August 1980 Worcs v Kent
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 57 12
Runs scored 654 38
Batting average 9.21 6.33
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 42 14*
Balls bowled 0 0
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 92/12 9/2

Paul Bernard Fisher MA (born 19 December 1954) is an English educationalist, who served as headmaster of Loughborough Grammar School from 1998 - 2016, and who previously played first-class cricket for Middlesex, Worcestershire and Oxford University.[1] He was very much a specialist wicket-keeper, with a batting average in single figures in both forms of the game.

Fisher was born in Edmonton, Middlesex. and was educated at St Ignatius' College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read Literae Humaniores.

In August 1973, aged 18, he kept wicket for Middlesex Young Cricketers against Buckinghamshire Young Amateurs at Hoovers Sports Ground, Wembley; the Middlesex side also included a 16-year-old Mike Gatting.[2] Early the following year, Fisher made his first-class debut, for Oxford against Leicestershire at The University Parks, taking a catch to dismiss opposition keeper Roger Tolchard and scoring 14 and 15.[3] He played six further games for Oxford that season, ending 1974 with 13 catches.[4] He also played for Essex Second XI.[5] In 1975, Fisher continued to play for Oxford, hitting his highest score of 42 against Warwickshire in June,.[6] Fisher played in the University Matches of 1975[7] 1976,[8] 1977[9] and 1978,[10] finishing on the winning side in 1976 (all the other matches were drawn).

Fisher made his List A debut for the Combined Universities) in 1975 away against Warwickshire; he played eight further List A matches for the Combined Unis, who never made it out of the group stages.[11][12]

Fisher made his debut in county cricket in August 1979, playing for Middlesex against Worcestershire at Lord's;[13] he would only play two further matches for Middlesex; a first-class match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge[14] and a List A match against Hampshire at Dean Park[15]

For the 1980 season, he moved to Worcestershire, with whom he remained the following year as well, but he never managed to hold down a regular spot as keeper in the face of strong competition from David Humphries. He made his county debut for Worcestershire on 6 August 1980 against Gloucestershire, taking 5 catches in Glouc's first innings.[16] He made three List A appearances for Worcestershire in 1980. The last game of his career was for Worcestershire against the Australians at Worcester in late August 1981; Fisher bowed out quietly with just one dismissal, that of Australian captain Kim Hughes.[17]

Fisher worked as a teacher at Marlborough College and Prior Park College before coming Headmaster of Mount St Mary's College and from 1998 to 2016 Loughborough Grammar School.[18] Fisher recently completed the London Marathon in 4 hrs 30 mins along with a team from the University Match in aid of Multiple Sclerosis.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Teams played for by Paul Fisher". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Middlesex Young Cricketers v Buckinghamshire Young Amateurs in 1973". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Oxford University v Leicestershire in 1974". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  4. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding in Each Season by Paul Fisher". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Essex Second XI v Kent Second XI in 1974". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Oxford University v Warwickshire in 1975". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  7. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.co.uk. 8 July 1975. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  8. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.co.uk. 2 July 1976. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  9. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.co.uk. 1 July 1977. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  10. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.co.uk. 30 June 1978. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  11. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Paul Fisher". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  12. ^ "List A Matches played by Paul Fisher". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  13. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.co.uk. 31 August 1979. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  14. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.co.uk. 7 September 1979. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  15. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.co.uk. 3 September 1978. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  16. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.co.uk. 8 August 1980. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  17. ^ "Worcestershire v Australians in 1981". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  18. ^ "Loughborough Grammar School: Welcome". Lesgrammar.org. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  19. ^ "Home – Loughborough Endowed Schools". Olaoga.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2012.

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