Phil Edmonds

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Phil Edmonds
Personal information
Full name Phillipe-Henri Edmonds
Born (1951-03-08) 8 March 1951 (age 66)
Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia
Nickname Goat, Henry
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Slow left arm orthodox
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 464) 14 August 1975 v Australia
Last Test 11 August 1987 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 42) 23 December 1977 v Pakistan
Last ODI 2 April 1987 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1971–1992 Middlesex
1974–1987 MCC
1975–1976 Eastern Province
1971–1973 Cambridge University
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 51 29 391 301
Runs scored 875 116 7651 2467
Batting average 17.50 10.54 18.93 15.91
100s/50s –/2 –/– 3/22 –/2
Top score 64 20 142 63*
Balls bowled 12028 1534 85961 13467
Wickets 125 26 1246 323
Bowling average 34.18 37.11 25.66 25.11
5 wickets in innings 2 47 2
10 wickets in match n/a 9 n/a
Best bowling 7/66 3/39 8/53 5/12
Catches/stumpings 42/– 6/– 345/– 89/–
Source: Cricinfo, 4 December 2007

Phillipe-Henri "Phil" Edmonds (born 8 March 1951)[1] is an English former cricketer and successful, albeit controversial, corporate executive.[2][3][4]

He was noted for his outspoken behaviour, and he could be "cussedly abrasive or engagingly charming, but he could never bring himself to conform to the fist-clenching, grim-faced trait of most professional sportsmen".[1]

Early life and early career[edit]

Born to an English father and Belgian mother,[5] Edmonds was educated at Gilbert Rennie High School in Lusaka, The Skinners' School and Cranbrook School in Kent, and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

He was a successful slow left arm spin bowler for Cambridge University, Middlesex and England (for whom he played in fifty one Tests and twenty nine ODIs from 1975 to 1987). On his debut, he took five wickets in the first innings against Australia in Leeds in 1975.[6]

County and international career[edit]

At county level, Edmonds' Middlesex career coincided with that of John Emburey. The left- and right-arm spin combination was a powerful contribution towards Middlesex's success in the 1980s. They also combined at England level, although the pair often competed for the same place in the Test team. He was a controversial cricketer and well known for his outspokenness which often got him into trouble.[1] In 1984–85, England were playing India in Calcutta, and the hosts played at a snail's pace towards an inevitable draw. Edmonds, fielding at square leg, produced a copy of the Daily Telegraph and proceeded to read.[1]

In 51 Test matches, Edmonds took 125 wickets at 34.18, with a batting average of 17.50.[1]

Business career[edit]

Since retiring from cricket, Edmonds has enjoyed a successful career in business, serving as chairman of Middlesex Holdings, White Nile Petroleum Company and Middlesex County Cricket Club.[2] As of July 2012, he had an estimated fortune of 14 million pounds.[7]

Edmonds was also the chairman of Central African Mining & Exploration Company Plc,[4] a company which was bought by ENRC in September 2009.

Global Witness has accused Edmonds of making "corrupt payments to senior officials to win mining rights".[8] The Daily Mail has reported that a grand jury in Liberia indicted Groves in June 2016 in connection with the alleged bribery scandal.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to the author Frances Edmonds.[7] They have a daughter.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 56–57. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. 
  2. ^ a b "From rucks to riches". Wisden. June 2006. 
  3. ^ "Phil Edmonds enters into controversial oil deal". cricinfo. 24 March 2005. 
  4. ^ a b "CAMEC Management & Board". CAMEC. 27 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Quite a character". cricinfo. 
  6. ^ "3rd Test: England v Australia at Leeds, Aug 14–19, 1975". espncricinfo. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  7. ^ a b Rayner, Gordon (6 July 2012). "Former England cricketer Phil Edmonds 'colluded with solicitor to deprive rival of mining shares', court told". The Daily Telegraph. 
  8. ^ a b "It's just NOT cricket: Former England star accused of building business empire on bribes and dirty tricks". The Daily Mail. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 


  • Barnes, Simon (1986). Phil Edmonds: A Singular Man. London: Kingswood Press. ISBN 0-434-98092-7. .

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