Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson

Shirt Number 18
Squad number: 18
Durham Representative No.: 117
Role: Right Hand Bat, Wicketkeeper
Michael Richardson

Brief bio

Twitter - @richo18howu
Date of birth - 4 October 1986 Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province
Durham First Class Debut - May 2010 v Durham MCCU (away) 

By his own high standards, 2016 proved a disappointing year for Michael Richardson as he failed to surpass the 1,000 Championship-run mark for the first time in three years.

His frustrating season was perhaps summarised by the final match at Hampshire, where he was left stranded on 99 and without a hundred in the year. Having only passed fifty on two other occasions in first-class cricket, Richardson is already eyeing up a big return this season.

But where he had previously failed to nail down a spot in the limited-overs side, Richardson emerged as a force and starred in both of the white ball competitions.

The 30-year-old stepped in to the void as a powerful middle-order batsman, stepping in to play a number of useful cameos in the so-called ‘death’ overs. After a career-best 37 from 21 balls in the quarter-final at Gloucestershire, where he also took an incredible catch to remove Michael Klinger, he helped to steady the ship with an important 29 in the semi-final win over Yorkshire.

He also added two half-centuries from four One-Day Cup matches, topping Durham’s batting averages with 52.

The son of former South Africa wicket-keeper and current ICC Chief Executive Dave, the right-handed batsman is now a senior member of the dressing room.

First Class Highest Score -  148 (v Yorkshire, 2014)
List A Highest Score - 64 (v Nottinghamshire, 2016)
Twenty20 Highest Score - 37 (v Gloucestershire, 2016)

Best First Class Bowling Figures - N/A
Best List A Bowling Figures - N/A
Best Twenty20 Bowling Figures - N/A

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