Norman Graham


John Norman Graham (born 8 May 1943) is a former English professional cricketer who played for Kent County Cricket Club during the 1960s and 1970s. He was born at Hexham in Northumberland.

Norman Graham
Personal information
Full name
John Norman Graham
Born (1943-05-08) 8 May 1943 (age 80)
Hexham, Northumberland
Height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium
Domestic team information
FC debut23 May 1964 Kent v Worcestershire
Last FC27 July 1977 Kent v Surrey
LA debut27 May 1964 Kent v Lancashire
Last LA4 July 1984 Northumberland v Middlesex
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 189 123
Runs scored 408 85
Batting average 3.88 6.07
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 23 13
Balls bowled 36,409 6,254
Wickets 614 172
Bowling average 22.34 18.68
5 wickets in innings 26 1
10 wickets in match 3 0
Best bowling 8/20 5/7
Catches/stumpings 40/– 24/–
Source: CricInfo, 9 September 2014

Graham was a very tall medium-fast right-arm seam bowler.[1] He made his first-class cricket debut for Kent in 1964. Having played a few matches for Kent in each season from 1964, he took 104 first-class wickets in the 1967 season at an average of 13.90, including dismissing England opening batsman Geoffrey Boycott for the only pair of his career.[2] Kent finished as runners-up in the County Championship and won the 1967 Gillette Cup.[3] Although technically a medium pace bowler, Graham was able to use his height – 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) – to produce bounce and lateral movement normally associated with faster bowlers.

In 1968, he was picked for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) match against Surrey at Lord's. Graham was never again to reproduce the kind of form he displayed in 1967, but he remained a useful county performer for Kent for a further nine seasons, taking more than 70 wickets in 1968, 1969 and 1971 and played a part in Kent's 1970 County Championship winning side and in the sides which won six one-day cup competitions between 1970 and 1976.[1][3] In 1969, he took eight Essex wickets for 20 runs in the match at Brentwood as the home side was dismissed for just 34 runs in their second innings.[4] He also became a highly effective bowler in one-day cricket in the early 1970s. He won his county cap in 1967 and remained with Kent until the end of the 1977 season, his benefit season, during which the team shared the 1977 County Championship title with Middlesex.[5][6]

Graham was a number 11 batsman throughout his career. His highest score in first-class cricket was 23 and his total of first-class wickets comfortably exceeded his total of first-class runs.[3] He was also generally considered a poor fielder, his ground fielding being described as "often entertainingly poor".[3]

After retiring from first-class cricket he played Minor Counties cricket for his native Northumberland, retiring to Hexham where he worked in the financial services industry.[1][3] Graham's father Jack played for Northumberland either side of the Second World War and his cousin, Peter Graham, also played for Northumberland and for Yorkshire Cricket Board.[7][8]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Coney S (2014) Where Are They Now? Kent’s 1970 Champions, The Cricket Paper, 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  2. ^ Lynch S (2011) Century stands in low totals, and Boycs' golden pair, CricInfo, 2011-08-02. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  3. ^ a b c d e Williamson M, Norm Graham, CricInfo. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  4. ^ Webb M 1969: Essex v Kent, Brentwood Cricket Club. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  5. ^ Fissler N (2015) Where are they now? Kent – Joint County Championship winners 1977, The Cricket Paper, 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  6. ^ Norman Graham, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  7. ^ John Graham, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  8. ^ Peter Graham, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2017-10-15.

External links edit

Norman Graham at ESPNcricinfo