Martin Saggers

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Martin Saggers
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Personal information
Full nameMartin John Saggers
Born (1972-05-23) 23 May 1972 (age 47)
King's Lynn, Norfolk
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
BowlingRight arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut(cap  621)29 October 2003 v  Bangladesh
Last Test13 June 2004 v  New Zealand
Domestic team information
19961998 Durham
19982009 Kent (squad no. 33)
2007 Essex (loan)
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Runs scored11,1653135
Batting average 0.3311.209.205.00
Top score16434* 5
Balls bowled49320,6765,622186
Wickets 74151666
Bowling average 35.2825.3325.4725.47
5 wickets in innings 01820
10 wickets in match0000
Best bowling2/297/795/222/14
Catches/stumpings 1/–27/–23/–2/–
Source: Cricinfo, 15 September 2009

Martin John Saggers (born 23 May 1972) is an English county cricket umpire and a retired English cricketer. [1] He played international cricket for the England cricket team, including appearing in three Test matches and spent the majority of his first-class cricket career at Kent County Cricket Club. Saggers was born in King's Lynn in Norfolk.

England cricket team Sports team

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Test cricket The longest form of cricket

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First-class cricket is an official classification of the highest-standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket. A first-class match is of three or more days' scheduled duration between two sides of eleven players each and is officially adjudged to be worthy of the status by virtue of the standard of the competing teams. Matches must allow for the teams to play two innings each although, in practice, a team might play only one innings or none at all.

Saggers had little success in his three seasons with Durham between 1996 and 1998, but then joined Kent and from 2000 to 2003 took more than 50 first-class wickets each year, his best being 83 in 2002. He also played for Essex on loan in 2007. He played for his native Norfolk in minor county matches in 1995–6.

Durham County Cricket Club english cricket club

Durham County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Durham. Founded in 1882, Durham held minor status for over a century and was a prominent member of the Minor Counties Championship, winning the competition seven times. In 1992, the club joined the County Championship and the team was elevated to senior status as an official first-class team. Durham has been classified as an occasional List A team from 1964, then as a full List A team from 1992; and as a senior Twenty20 team since the format's introduction in 2003.

Essex County Cricket Club english cricket club

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Norfolk County Cricket Club english Cricket Club

Norfolk County Cricket Club is one of twenty minor county cricket clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Norfolk.

In 2012 Saggers became a full-time cricket umpire, standing in County Championship matches in England. [2] [3]

County Championship Domestic first-class cricket competition in England and Wales

The County Championship, currently known as the Specsavers County Championship for sponsorship reasons, is the domestic first-class cricket competition in England and Wales and is organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). It became an official title in 1890. The competition consists of eighteen clubs named after, and originally representing, historic counties, seventeen from England and one from Wales. From 2016, the Championship has been sponsored by Specsavers, who replaced Liverpool Victoria after 14 years.

Saggers made his Test match debut in 2003/04, as a replacement for the injured Andrew Flintoff in Dhaka, and also played in two of the three Tests against New Zealand the following summer. At Leeds he took the wicket of Mark Richardson with his first ball, but some wayward bowling and poor performances with the bat led to his being dropped for the games against West Indies. [4] With the bat, he scored 1, 0 and 0 in three innings, finishing his Test career with a batting average of 0.33. [5]

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Saggers suffered a knee in jury in August 2009, and a month later announced his retirement from professional cricket. Graham Johnson, Kent's chairman of cricket, paid tribute to Saggers, saying "We owe Martin a great deal, especially during a period when he was our seam attack. Quite rightly, on the basis of this success, he received recognition at International level. Always enthusiastic and positive during his career, he will carry these qualities into his plans for what follows after cricket". [4]

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