Hampshire Cricket History

Liam Dawson
January 23, 2021, 10:23 am
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This might be a very appropriate day to post a profile of a former England slow-left-armer. Assuming Liam is fit, the 2021 season might be a big one for him given England’s concerns about the best spinner to take to Australia (and he could probably open the batting against spinners in the sub continent!)

Liam Andrew Dawson (490) born Swindon 1.3.1990.

Squad number 8; Hampshire Cap 2013

Liam Dawson is an all-rounder who bowls slow-left-arm and is a fine fielder, especially in the slips. Although from Wiltshire, where his father and brother both played, all-rounder Liam Dawson played for Hampshire’s age group sides from his early teens, and also captained England under-19s. He has played for Hampshire in first-class and limited- overs matches since 2007, and T20 since 2008 – his first match, a limited-overs game, was at Northampton when he was just 17 years and six months old, and in September 2008 he scored 100* at Trent Bridge, the youngest man to score a first-class century for Hampshire.

In his earlier years in Championship cricket he sometimes seemed to be a batsman who bowled, and in other years the opposite – for example in 2011 he scored 908 runs at 36.32 but took just three wickets, in 2012 there were fewer runs but 26 wickets, and in 2013, 1,060 runs at 48.18, with 11 wickets. In 2015, however, he scored 922 runs at 40.08 and took 29 wickets at 31.93, while in 2017 he had his best bowling year with 37 wickets, including 8-129 in the match at Taunton. In 2018, he scored just under 400 first-class runs with one half-century, but took only 20 wickets and he enjoyed more success in the two ‘white ball’ tournaments. He has played in various overseas T20 tournaments and briefly on loan with Essex in 2015 (HS 99). In the field, his seven catches at Northampton in 2012 equalled the Hampshire record.

He represented England under-19s in all three formats and has played for England in all three formats since 2016, with Test Match bests of 66* v India and 2-34 v South Africa, while in six T20 matches he has a best of 3-27 v Sri Lanka. He went to Sri Lanka with the England side in the autumn of 2018 but after playing in two rain-affected matches, returned home with a side injury. In 2019, he was a member of the England squad that won the World Cup, while in that first-class season he scored 643 runs at 53.58, including his ninth century, and took 14 wickets at just under 40 each. He was injured in his only Bob Willis Trophy match in 2020 and missed the rest of the season, having scored 43* and taken 2-39. In limited-overs and T20 cricket he was a member of the Hampshire sides that won the cup final ‘double’ in 2012 and also played in Hampshire’s winning Lord’s Finals in 2009, and 2018 and in their T20 success in 2010.

His figures for England:

Test Cricket: 3 matches, 84 runs at 21.00 – HS 66* v India (Chennai, 2016/17). 7 wickets at 42.57 BB 2-34 v South Africa (Lord’s 2017).

ODIs: 3 matches, 14 runs at 7.00 – HS 10. 3 wickets at 32.00, BB 2-70 v Pakistan (Cardiff) 2016).

IT20: 6 matches; 17 runs at 17.00. HS 10. 5 wickets at 30.40; BB 3-27 v Sri Lanka (Southampton) 2016.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 146 matches; 6,985 runs at 32.94; HS: 169 v Somerset (Southampton) 2011. 187 wickets at 36.17; BB 5-29 v Leicestershire (Southampton) 2012.

List A: 121 matches; 2762 runs at 34.09. HS 108 v Surrey (Oval) 2019. 105 wickets at 33.65; BB 6-47 v Sussex (Southampton) 2015.

T20: 111 matches; 1214 runs at 19.90; HS 82. 85 wickets at 25.84; BB 5-17.

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