In this new Cricbuzz series - The IPL Benchwarmers - we talk to players who made it to the IPL alright, but didn't go very far, and were out of opportunities - and reckoning - sooner than they'd have liked. It didn't take long for Graham Napier to realise the sort of company he was keeping. It struck him during one of his early net sessions as a Mumbai Indian, bowling to the team's captain, Sachin Tendulkar. He was playing an open faced run down to a very fine third man.
Essex all-rounder Graham Napier to retire at the end of 2016 season
Graham Napier to retire at end of season - The Cricket Paper
Essex all-rounder Graham Napier has announced he will retire at the end of the county cricket season. The year-old has spent 19 seasons with the Chelmsford-based club, particularly starring in one day cricket, but is moving on to launch the Graham Napier Cricket Academy at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook. Napier made his debut for Essex in , and has gone on to play First-Class matches, List A games and 97 Twenty20 clashes for his county, with his stand-out moment undoubtedly being the he scored in just 58 balls against Sussex in the Twenty20 Cup in The academy will launch in September , with the aim of establishing a high profile centre of cricketing excellence which develops young cricketers to fulfil their potential as well as promoting participation at all levels and ages. I feel the time is right to move on, and give back to the game that has given me so much.
Essex all-rounder Graham Napier to retire at the end of the 2016 season
By Mike Dawes. Graham Napier took seven for 32, including four wickets in four balls, as Essex beat Surrey by runs in their Yorkshire Bank 40 match at Chelmsford. Napier recorded the second best-ever one-day bowling figures for any Essex player and one of his scalps was Ricky Ponting, bowled for two.
Graham Napier may never be an England all-rounder, but the year-old from Colchester joined a select group with ball as well as bat after taking four wickets with consecutive deliveries in a Yorkshire Bank over fixture for Essex against Surrey at Chelmsford on Monday. Napier already holds two batting records, having hit 16 sixes in a Twenty20 match against Sussex, also at Chelmsford, in June , and the same number in a County Championship fixture against Surrey at Whitgift school in May — equalling the tally of Andrew Symonds when he was playing for Gloucestershire against Glamorgan. But after a serious knee operation during the winter which prevented him playing in any T20 cricket overseas, he has returned to action in the form of his life, in all forms of the game. It was a very dry wicket and it enabled it to reverse swing at that stage in the game. I was only ever doing one thing, going full and straight, and that's what I do.