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Richard Grant Halsall is a former Zimbabwean cricket
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the...

er. Halsall was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm fast-medium
Fast bowling
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. He was born at Salisbury, Rhodesia
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 (today Harare
Harare before 1982 known as Salisbury) is the largest city and capital of Zimbabwe. It has an estimated population of 1,600,000, with 2,800,000 in its metropolitan area . Administratively, Harare is an independent city equivalent to a province. It is Zimbabwe's largest city and its...

, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in the southern part of the African continent, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia and a tip of Namibia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. Zimbabwe has three...


Halsall made his debut in first-class cricket
First-class cricket
First-class cricket is a class of cricket that consists of matches of three or more days' scheduled duration, that are between two sides of eleven players and are officially adjudged first-class by virtue of the standard of the competing teams...

 for Mashonaland Country Districts against Mashonaland Under-24s in the 1993/94 Logan Cup
Logan Cup
The Logan Cup is the premier domestic first-class cricket competition in Zimbabwe. The current champions are the Matabeleland Tusker.-History:...

. This was the only first-class match he played in Zimbabwe.

His next appearance in first-class cricket came for Cambridge University
Cambridge University Cricket Club
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 in English county cricket
County cricket
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. His first-class debut for the University came against Lancashire
Lancashire County Cricket Club
Lancashire County Cricket Club represents the historic county of Lancashire in cricket's County Championship. The club was founded in 1864 as a successor to Manchester Cricket Club and has played at Old Trafford since then...

 in 1999. During the 1999 season, he repesented the University in 7 first-class matches, the last of which came against Oxford University
Oxford University Cricket Club
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. In his combined total of 8 first-class matches, he scored 171 runs at a batting average
Batting average
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 of 19.00, with a single half century high score of 76. In the field he took 5 catches. With the ball he took 13 wickets at a bowling average
Bowling average
Bowling average is a statistic measuring the performance of bowlers in the sport of cricket.A bowler's bowling average is defined as the total number of runs conceded by the bowlers divided by the number of wickets taken by the bowler, so the lower the average the better. It is similar to earned...

 of 44.38, with best figures of 3/64.

Halsall later represented the Sussex Cricket Board
Sussex Cricket Board
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 in List A cricket. His debut List A match came against Herefordshire
Herefordshire County Cricket Club
Herefordshire County Cricket Club is one of the county clubs which make up the Minor Counties in the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Herefordshire and playing in the Minor Counties Championship and the MCCA Knockout Trophy...

 in the 2000 NatWest Trophy
2000 NatWest Trophy
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. From 2000 to 2001, he represented the Board in 5 List A matches, the last of which came against the Essex Cricket Board
Essex Cricket Board
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 in 1st round of the 2002 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy
2002 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy
The 2002 Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy was the 2nd Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy following its change of name from the NatWest Trophy. It was an English limited overs county cricket tournament which was held between 29 August 2001 and 31 August 2002...

 which was held in 2001. In his 5 List A matches, he scored 36 runs at an average of 18.00, with a high score of 17. With the ball he took 5 wickets at an average of 20.60, with best figures of 4/34.

After a spell coaching at Sussex
Sussex County Cricket Club
Sussex County Cricket Club is the oldest of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Sussex. The club was founded as a successor to Brighton Cricket Club which was a representative of the county of Sussex as a...

, Halsall was in 2007 appointed as the first full-time fielding
Fielding (cricket)
Fielding in the sport of cricket is the action of fielders in collecting the ball after it is struck by the batsman, in such a way as to either limit the number of runs that the batsman scores or get the batsman out by catching the ball in flight or running the batsman out.Cricket fielding position...

 coach of the England national cricket team, a role he still holds at the National Cricket Performance Centre.

External links

  • Richard Halsall at Cricinfo
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  • Richard Halsall at CricketArchive
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