Paul Pridgeon

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Paul Pridegon
Personal information
Full name Alan Paul Pridegon
Born (1954-02-22) 22 February 1954 (age 63)
Wall Heath, Kingswinford, Staffordshire, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
1972–1989 Worcestershire
1991 Shropshire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 240 229
Runs scored 1,188 273
Batting average 8.67 7.80
100s/50s 0/1 0/0
Top score 67 17
Balls bowled 36,099 10,372
Wickets 530 219
Bowling average 32.76 32.65
5 wickets in innings 10 1
10 wickets in match 1 N/A
Best bowling 7/35 6/26
Catches/stumpings 82/0 40/0
Source: CricketArchive, 22 November 2008

Alan Paul Pridgeon (born 22 February 1954) is a former English cricketer who played first-class and List A cricket for Worcestershire, taking 530 first-class and 273 List A wickets for the county between the early 1970s and the late 1980s. He was capped by the county in 1980. He played football in the winters as a centre-half for Stourbridge F.C.[1]

After playing club cricket first for Himley, then in the Birmingham League for Stourbridge, he was offered a trial by Worcestershire.[1] He made his first-class debut against Cambridge University at Fenner's in May 1972, though he had an unsuccessful match, taking no wickets and not batting in either innings.[2] He had to wait until the middle of July to play again, bowling Barry Dudleston of Leicestershire to claim the first wicket of his career.[1]

Pridgeon was given only occasional opportunities for the next three seasons, but in 1976 things turned his way: Brian Brain and Keith Wilkinson left the club, while Jim Cumbes spent the summer in the United States playing football.[1] Pridgeon was rarely out of the first team during that famously hot summer. Indeed, his 1,200 deliveries in List A cricket were the most he sent down in any one season.[3] In late May he claimed what was to remain his career-best bowling return in taking 7/35 against Oxford University, three further successes in the second innings bringing him his only ten-wicket match haul.[4]

He dropped out of the side after the first half of 1977, but returned to play a full part in the 1978 season. In late July of that year, he achieved his best bowling performance in a one-day match, taking 6/26 against Surrey in the John Player League.[5] At the time, this was the second-best return for Worcestershire in a List A game (behind Jack Flavell's 6/14 against Lancashire in 1963).[6] However, in 1979 he was once again mainly a Second XI player.

From 1980, when he was capped, until 1984 Pridgeon commanded a regular place in the Worcestershire side. In 1983 he took 72 first-class wickets, the most he would manage in a single summer; he also topped 50 in 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984 and 1986. In 1984 he made his one half-century, hitting 67 against Warwickshire.[7] However in 1985 his fortunes took a dramatic turn for the worse. Neal Radford had arrived from Lancashire, and he and Phil Newport were ahead of Pridgeon in the pecking order; he ended up playing just one first-class match (and that against Cambridge University) and no List A games at all.

Pridgeon bounced back in 1986 to play a full part in the season, but although he took a County Championship best of 7/44 against Leicestershire in 1987,[8] his appearances gradually diminished as his career began to wind down. He did, however, take part in the county's Championship-winning seasons of 1988 and 1989, and in 1988 he took 30 List A wickets, his most of any year. In 1989, his final season of first-class cricket, he was awarded a benefit season in the latter year, which raised £154,720.[1]

On leaving Worcestershire, Pridgeon took up a coaching role at Shrewsbury School.[1] However, he continued to play cricket, turning out for Shropshire in 1991 and 1992. In June 1991 he made his sole List A appearance for them, playing (though taking no wickets) against Leicestershire in the NatWest Trophy.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Hatton, Les (2001). Worcestershire County Cricket Club. 100 Greats. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-7524-2194-0. 
  2. ^ "Cambridge University v Worcestershire in 1972". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "ListA Bowling in Each Season by Paul Pridgeon". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Oxford University v Worcestershire in 1976". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Worcestershire v Surrey in 1978". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Most Wickets in an Innings for Worcestershire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Worcestershire v Warwickshire in 1984". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Leicestershire v Worcestershire in 1987". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Leicestershire v Shropshire in 1991". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 November 2008. 

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