Paul Roberts (cricketer)

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Paul Roberts
Cricket information
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right arm medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 1 1
Runs scored 0 0
Batting average - 0.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 0* 0
Balls bowled 126 48
Wickets 1 2
Bowling average 40.00 16.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 N/A
Best bowling 1-34 2-32
Catches/stumpings 0/0 0/0
Source: Cricinfo

Christopher Paul Roberts (12 October 1951 - 9 June 1977) was an English cricketer who played one first-class and one List A game for Worcestershire in 1974.

Born in Cleethorpes, Roberts played for Worcestershire's second team many times between 1971 and 1973, as well as appearing twice for Lincolnshire in the Minor Counties Championship. In mid-August 1974, he produced a startling return of 8-13 for Worcestershire II against Lancashire II in a very low-scoring game that was over in a single day.[1]

After this performance, Roberts was immediately called up to the first team for the John Player League game against Surrey. He took 2-32 (including the wicket of Geoff Howarth) from his eight overs in a match curtailed by the weather (Worcestershire were adjudged the winners on run rate), and was picked to play against Glamorgan in the County Championship at the end of the month. He managed only a single wicket in his 21 overs, that of Arthur Francis.

In 1975 Roberts played only minor cricket, mostly for the Worcestershire second team but also one of the warm-up matches for the World Cup, a 55-over game in which he took the wicket of Gundappa Viswanath. This match did not have List A status, despite the strong sides fielded by both teams.

Roberts died in the Cumberland Lake District aged only 25, at Raven Crag, Coombe Ghyl, Borrowdale.

Note: Cricinfo lists him as "Christopher Roberts".


  1. ^ Lancashire Second XI v Worcestershire Second XI, Second Eleven Championship 1974, CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 September 2006.

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