Paul Coughlin

Paul Coughlin

Squad number: 29
Durham Representative No.: 122
Role: Right Arm Med, Right Hand Bat
Paul Coughlin

Brief bio

Twitter - @Coughlin92
Date of birth - 23 October 1992 Sunderland, County Durham
Durham First Class Debut - August 2012 v Australia A (home)

The absence of Ben Stokes for much of 2015 provided a great opportunity to fill the all-rounder vacancy in the side - ever more disappointing for Paul Coughlin, then, that his season was over by June.

Despite promising performances when he took to the field, a series of injuries kept him off it and denied him a chance to nail down a starting spot in Stokes' absence.

The most outstanding contribution came against Somerset on home turf, taking a career-best 4/10 and making 54 with the bat to turn the game completely in Durham's favour.

A lack of limited-overs fixtures means you have to go back further to see important contributions in those formats, not least his opening spell of 0-30 in the One Day Cup final in 2014 - an under-appreciated spell of bowling that allowed Durham a strong foothold in the match.

He also holds the highest score by a number 10, making 85 on debut against Lancashire in 2014 after the Red Rose appeared to be running through the Durham line-up. That knock ended up being the difference between winning and losing.

If he can get himself fit and firing on all cylinders during 2016, it could be the year Coughlin really asserts his authority in Durham's First XI.

First Class Highest Score -  85 (v Lancashire, 2014)
List A Highest Score - 2* (v Yorkshire, 2014)
Twenty20 Highest Score -

Best First Class Bowling Figures - 4-10 (v Somerset, 2015)
Best List A Bowling Figures - 1-34 (v Surrey, 2014)
Best Twenty20 Bowling Figures - 2-43 (v Nottinghamshire, 2015)

Paul Coughlin is sponsored by:

 Paul Coughlin 2016 sponsor