Tony Clarkson

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Tony Clarkson
Personal information
Full name Anthony Clarkson
Born (1939-09-05) 5 September 1939 (age 77)
Killinghall, Harrogate, Yorkshire, England
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm off-break
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1963 Yorkshire
1966–1971 Somerset
First-class debut 19 June 1963 Yorkshire v Gloucestershire
Last First-class 30 August 1971 Somerset v Indians
List A debut 14 June 1967 Somerset v Northamptonshire
Last List A 22 August 1971 Somerset v Worcestershire
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 110 50
Runs scored 4458 762
Batting average 25.18 16.93
100s/50s 2/23 1/–
Top score 131 102*
Balls bowled 756 54
Wickets 13 2
Bowling average 28.23 31.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 3/51 2/56
Catches/stumpings 52/– 13/–
Source: CricketArchive, 20 December 2009

Anthony "Tony" Clarkson (born 5 September 1939) is an English former first-class cricketer, who played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Somerset County Cricket Club.[1] He was born at Killinghall, Harrogate, Yorkshire.


Clarkson was a right-handed opening batsman and off break bowler, and played his early cricket for the Harrogate Club, for whom he opened both the batting and the bowling. After first playing for the Yorkshire Second XI in 1958, he made his debut for his native county in 1963,[2] playing when the Test stars were away. He moved to Somerset in 1966 and played until 1971, winning his Somerset cap in 1968. Clarkson's father had been a league professional for Rothwell C.C. in the Leeds League before World War II.

In 110 matches he scored 4,458 runs at 25.18, with two centuries and a best of 131 for an average of 25.18. He took 13 wickets at 28.25. He played 50 one day games, scoring 752 runs with a best of 102* at 16.93, and taking two wickets.

He played for several clubs as a professional until 1991, when he retired aged 51. He had five successful years in the North Yorkshire-South Durham league, scoring more than 1,000 runs each season and, in the Bradford League, playing for Windhill, he was second only to Vinoo Mankad in their aggregate run scores. After retiring from the field he became an umpire, joining the first-class circuit in 1996.

Clarkson spent the 1980s in the Harrogate area, employed as Customer Services Manager for Yorkshire Water. One of his colleagues was Peter Chadwick, who played for Yorkshire with Clarkson in the 1960s.


  1. ^ "Tony Clarkson". Retrieved 30 June 2011. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 366. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 

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