Roger Wrightson

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Roger Wrightson
Personal information
Full name Roger Wilfred Wrightson
Born (1939-10-29)29 October 1939
Elsecar, Yorkshire, England
Died 13 September 1986(1986-09-13) (aged 46)
Carlisle, Cumberland, England
Batting style Left-handed
Role Occasional wicket-keeper
Domestic team information
Years Team
1970–1971 Cumberland
1965–1967 Essex
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 12
Runs scored 332
Batting average 20.75
100s/50s –/1
Top score 84
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 8/–
Source: Cricinfo, 11 October 2011

Roger Wilfred Wrightson (29 October 1939 – 13 September 1986) was an English cricketer. Wrightson was a left-handed batsman who occasionally fielded as a wicket-keeper.

Although born in Elsecar, Yorkshire to Frederick Liddell Wrightson and Jessie Arline Hague, Wrightson was raised in Essex where his family moved to when his father took up a teaching position in the county.[1] It was in Grays that he was educated at Palmer's School, going from there to Loughborough University.[2] His father first introduced Wrightson to cricket when he was a child, according to Wrightson had made him, along with his brothers bat as left-handers.[2] Prior to playing county cricket he became a primary school teacher in Thurrock.

He eventually made his debut for Essex in a first-class match against Oxford University in 1965, with him making nine further first-class appearances in the 1965 season.[3] Against Warwickshire that season at Clacton, Wrightson scored 84 runs, which was to be his only first-class half century.[4] Later that season when playing against Yorkshire he had his two front teeth knocked out by a bouncer delivered by Fred Trueman.[2] He made no appearances for Essex in 1966, with his teaching career taking precedence. He did appear in two first-class matches in the 1967 season against Derbyshire and Hampshire,[3] and was at the end of that season offered a new contract by Essex, but decided to not to accept the offer.[2] In his brief first-class career, Wrightson scored 332 runs at an average of 20.75.[5]

He and his wife Audrey, who was an art teacher, moved to Cumberland shortly thereafter.[2] He played in the Minor Counties Championship for Cumberland, making his debut for the county in 1970 against the Yorkshire Second XI. He played for Cumberland in 1970 and 1971, making nine Minor Counties Championship appearances.[6] Wrightson died at Carlisle, Cumberland on 13 September 1986, aged 46. He was survived by his wife Audrey, son Michael and daughter Anna.


  1. ^ "Wisden – Obituaries in 1986". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Wrightson, Thomas Leonard. "Profile: Roger Wilfred Wrightson of Elescar". Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "First-Class Matches played by Roger Wrightson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Essex v Warwickshire, 1965 County Championship". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Roger Wrightson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Roger Wrightson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 

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