Martin Saggers

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Martin Saggers
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Personal information
Full name Martin John Saggers
Born (1972-05-23) 23 May 1972 (age 47)
King's Lynn, Norfolk
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 621) 29 October 2003 v Bangladesh
Last Test 13 June 2004 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996–1998 Durham
1998–2009 Kent (squad no. 33)
2007 Essex (loan)
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 3 119 124 10
Runs scored 1 1,165 313 5
Batting average 0.33 11.20 9.20 5.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/2 0/0 0/0
Top score 1 64 34* 5
Balls bowled 493 20,676 5,622 186
Wickets 7 415 166 6
Bowling average 35.28 25.33 25.47 25.47
5 wickets in innings 0 18 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/29 7/79 5/22 2/14
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.

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.

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

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]

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]


  1. ^ "Late bloomers: Joe Denly joins England's list of 30-plus debutants". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  2. ^ Saggers promoted to full umpires list, CricInfo, 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  3. ^ Martin Saggers - from Test cricketer to first-class umpire, BBC Sport, 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  4. ^ a b Cricinfo staff (15 September 2009), Martin Saggers announces retirement, Cricinfo, retrieved 15 September 2009
  5. ^ "Was Dawid Malan's hundred the fastest for England in T20Is?". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 November 2019.

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