John Wood (cricketer, born 1970)

John Wood (cricketer, born 1970)

"John Wood (cricketer) also refers to two first-class cricketers of the eighteenth century."

John Wood (born July 22, 1970) was an English cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler who played for Griqualand West, Durham and Lancashire in a twelve-year career.

Wood began his cricketing career in 1990, when he played various cup competitions in South Africa, before he made his County Championship debut in England during the 1992 season. Playing in the lower-order, Wood took five wickets in his first bowling spell. He was only an intermittent starter during the following season, after some expensive bowling, though he hit his first half-century, in the first innings of the first Championship match he took part in, against Nottinghamshire. However, Durham found themselves at the bottom of the table come the end of the season, with just two wins in seventeen matches.

Wood spent most of the 1995 season out of the game, making just three County Championship appearances, and did not reclaim a first-team place until 1998, during which he took two five-wicket innings, despite not performing at his peak with the bat.

When the league split into two after the 1999 season, Durham qualified for the First Division, having placed eighth during the season, and consolidated their position in the first division in 2000. At the end of the 2000 season, Wood moved to Lancashire, having seen Durham relegated to the Second Division. This would prove a masterful transfer for Wood, as Durham without him would struggle to perform in the 2001 County Championship, finishing second-last with only Derbyshire below them, while Lancashire, with Wood's assistance, consolidated their position in Division One.

Over his final three years in first-class cricket, and, by this time, in his early-thirties, Wood played only infrequently. Following a couple of expensive bowling spells, he found himself out of the first-class team.

In nearly twelve years in first-class cricket, Wood remained a lower-order batsman, with frequently devastating spells of bowling to counter his low batting average.

External links

* [ John Wood] at Cricket Archive

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