Paul Parker (cricketer)

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Paul Parker
Personal information
Full name Paul William Giles Parker
Born (1956-01-15) 15 January 1956 (age 62)
Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia
Nickname Porky, Polly
Batting Right-hand bat
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 492) 27 August 1981 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1976-1978 Cambridge University
1976-1991 Sussex
1976-1990 Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
1980-1981 Natal
1992-1993 Durham
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 371
Runs scored 13 19419
Batting average 6.50 35.05
100s/50s –/– 47/89
Top score 13 215
Balls bowled 1111
Wickets 11
Bowling average 69.90
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/21
Catches/stumpings –/– 257/–
Source: Cricinfo

Paul Parker MA (born Paul William Giles Parker, 15 January 1956, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)[1] is an English schoolmaster and former cricketer, who played in one Test in 1981.

Life and career[edit]

He was educated at Collyer's School, Horsham, and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Master's degree and earned three blues. As a first-class cricketer, he represented Cambridge University, Durham and Sussex (whom he captained between 1988 and 1991) in 371 first-class and 341 List A matches between 1976 and 1993.

He was a stylish middle order batsman,[1] who was considered unlucky to be limited to a solitary Test at the Oval against Australia.[2] Light and quick on his feet, he was particularly strong against spin, and his quick running between the wickets made him a fast accumulator in the one day game. An outstanding cover fielder, he ranked alongside Derek Randall and David Gower as the finest of his day.

After four years of captaincy at Sussex, he joined Durham's initial foray in to the first-class game.[1]

The son of a sports journalist, John Parker, he now teaches Classics and Modern Languages at Tonbridge School in Kent, and was the housemaster of Hill Side.


  1. ^ a b c Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 132. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ian Gould
Sussex county cricket captain
Succeeded by
Alan Wells