Peter Such – Classical Off Spinner

Peter Such was born on 12 June 1964 in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Peter Such went to Lantern Lane Primary School and Harry Carlton Comprehensive School in East Leake before his family moved to the south. Such prosperous in cricket during his younger days and played for County age-group teams before representing the Colts side and the Notts 2nd eleven.
He was an English off-spinner, coach, and match referee. Peter Such was brought into the Test level in 1993 as a replacement for John Emburey. He made a brilliant start in test cricket by taking 6 for 67 on debut against Australia at Manchester and in the 2nd innings, he also took 2 for 78 and was the highest wicket-taker for England in the series.
In the first series, he left an immediate impact and cricket experts were talking about another spinner on the show. This was the same test match where Shane Warne delivered the ‘ball of the century to dismiss Mike Gatting. Peter Such played the first eight tests and then dropped, before having to wait another five years before his next appearance.
For Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Essex he played 19 years of first-class cricket from 1982 till 2001. For playing Essex, he enjoyed most of his success in English county cricket. Such was probably best remembered for hitting a winning four on the 2nd day of a NatWest Trophy semi-final vs. Glamorgan in 1997. Therefore, when the match had been suspended for a day due to the bad light and Captain Robert Croft and Mark Illott having an on-field confrontation that was seen on BBC television.
In 1999, one notable record, was during his 52 balls ducks, against New Zealand, which was actually the second-longest duck in the history of the game. This was also his career last test match and his innings were based on the defensive technique. After retiring from cricket, he joined the England Cricket Board as a lead spin bowling coach. After leaving the role in November 2019 Such became a match referee ahead of the 2020 County Championship season.
Peter Such played 11 test matches and scored 67 runs with the best of 14*, 4 catches, and grabbed 37 wickets @ 33.56 with the 2 times five wickets innings.
He also played 306 First-Class matches and scored 1,645 runs with the top score of 54 including 2 fifties, 119 catches, and 849 wickets @ 30.54 with the best score of 8 for 93 including 48 times five wickets in an innings and 9 times 10 wickets in a match.
In 211 List-A matches, he scored 275 runs with the best of 19*, 51 catches, 212 wickets @ 31.25 with the best of 5 for 29 including 3 times five wickets in an innings.
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Peter Such played 11 test matches and scored 67 runs with the best of 14*, 4 catches, and grabbed 37 wickets @ 33.56 with the 2 times five wickets an innings.
Peter Such played 11 test matches and scored 67 runs with the best of 14*, 4 catches, and grabbed 37 wickets @ 33.56 with the 2 times five wickets innings. Photo Credit – Trent Bridge