Richard Blakey

Richard Blakey

3 stars

  • Interesting & Funny Anecdotes
  • Career In Cricket Spanning More Than 15 Years At The Highest Level

Richard Blakey was born in Huddersfield on 15 Jan 1967. Blakey began life as a batting wunderkind: he blossomed in county cricket and hit 221 for England A in Zimbabwe in 1989-90, but the following summer Yorkshire, desperate to replace David Bairstow, decided to turn him into a wicketkeeper as well. For a while the change worked, but Blakey’s form with the bat soon suffered, and he dropped down to No. 7. England picked him for two one-day internationals against Pakistan in 1992, and then, controversially, ahead of Jack Russell for the winter tours of India and Sri Lanka. He didn’t concede a bye in India’s mammoth 560-6 at Madras, but his handling of Anil Kumble – about as convincing as Phil Tufnell against Patrick Patterson – cost him his place forever.

Blakey was a Yorkshire regular until 2000, when he attracted more headlines for the cheeky title of his autobiography – Taking it from Behind – than for his cricket. In fact, after failing to make runs from No. 3, he was dropped for the first time in his 15-year county career, in favour of Simon Guy. He has not appeared for the first-team in the last few seasons and was released after the 2006 summer.

Richard amassed nearly 15,000 first class runs at an average of more than 30 as a wicketkeeper batsman and took 778 catches along with 57 stumpings in a career spanning more than 15 years at the highest level.

Richard is available for after dinner speaking engagements and has some interesting and funny anecdotes to share as he reflects on his cricketing career.