Brian Boshier


Brian Stanley Boshier (6 March 1932 – 2 September 2009) was an English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Leicestershire County Cricket Club between 1953 and 1964.

Brian Boshier
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Cricket information
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingRight arm medium
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 206
Runs scored 579
Batting average 4.32
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 30
Balls bowled 26,693
Wickets 530
Bowling average 23.03
5 wickets in innings 23
10 wickets in match 2
Best bowling 8-45
Catches/stumpings 56/0
Source: CricketArchive

Boshier, a very tall right arm seam bowler, took 510 wickets in his first-class cricket career at an average of 23 runs per wicket. He was accurate in length and when conditions were helpful he used all of his 196 centimetres (6 feet 5 inches) to extract steep bounce.

Boshier took five wickets in an innings 23 times and recorded his best figures, 8/45, against Essex in 1957, besides also taking ten wickets in a match against Lancashire in 1960. Boshier took 108 wickets in 1958, the year he was awarded his county cap, and the same number, 108, in 1961, when he finished second in the English national bowling averages for the season, but failed so badly against the Australians that he was never considered for representative honours.[1] The following year, a succession of injuries limited Boshier to ten games, and he never recovered from these setbacks, being released by Leicestershire at the end of 1964.

A "rabbit" with no pretensions to batting ability, Boshier scored just 579 runs at an average of 4.32. Only once, against Gloucestershire in 1957, did he even reach 20 in an innings. In 1955 Boshier played his first nine innings without even scoring a run,[2] which equalled a record set by John Candler in 1894 and 1895[3] before being previously equalled by Tom Goddard in 1923 and Seymour Clark’s infamous 1930 stint with Somerset.[4] Between August 1957 and July 1959 Boshier played fifty-two innings without reaching double figures.

He was born at Leicester and died on 2 September 2009 at the age of 77 at Masham, Yorkshire.[5]


  1. ^ "First-Class Cricket Averages in 1961". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1962 ed.). Wisden. p. 260.
  2. ^ Bailey, Phillip; Thorn, Phillip; and Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Complete Who’s Who of Cricketers, p. 120 ISBN 0600346927
  3. ^ "First-Class Records: Most Consecutive Innings Without Scoring". The Association of Cricket Statistics and Historians.
  4. ^ Webber, Roy; The Playfair Book of Cricket Records; p. 317. Published 1951 by Playfair Books.
  5. ^ "Leicestershire's Brian Boshier dies aged 77". Cricinfo. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009.

External linksEdit

  • CricketArchive profile
  • Cricinfo profile