John Crawley Awarded Benefit Year At Hampshire

John Crawley, one of the most respected and popular players in cricket, took Hampshire by storm by scoring 272 in a remarkable debut for the county in 2002. Since then there has been no looking back for a cultured and stylish batsman with every shot in the book, someone with time to play his shots and the ability to make it look relatively easy. He followed that marvellous start for Hampshire with a career-best 311 not out three seasons later. In fact, making big runs has been this dedicated player's business ever since launching his long career back in 1990. Crawley, now close to his 36th birthday, totals almost 24,000 first-class runs, including 52 centuries, for Cambridge University, Lancashire, Hampshire and England. He hit an unbeaten 156 in a Test against Sri Lanka at The Oval in 1998. Last season he scored 1737 Championship runs, with six hundreds and seven half-centuries. Add to that 8500 runs accumulated in limited-overs cricket over the years and you get a clear picture of a true professional, a real player's player, who never lets his standards drop on and off the field. Having captained Cambridge University, Crawley was skipper for three of his 12 years with Lancashire before moving to Hampshire where he led the team in 2003, his second season. The man who played for England in 37 Tests and 13 one-day internationals is still a sharp and mobile fielder, besides having proved himself to be a more than capable stand-in wicketkeeper. Always courteous and approachable, the man affectionately nicknamed "Creepy" by his team mates remains a vital part of the Hampshire set-up and a superb example for younger players. Now in his sixth season with Hampshire, John Crawley has been awarded a thoroughly deserved Benefit year in 2008. The county's supporters know that they don't come any better. Crawley himself said, “It’s a great privilege and honour to be awarded my benefit year by the members and supporters at Hampshire Cricket. I’d like to thank them for the opportunity and their support over my career at Hampshire. I’d also like to thank Rod Bransgrove and all his staff at The Rose Bowl for all their help and support over the years.” Team Manager Paul Terry added, “I’m delighted that John has been awarded a benefit year for 2008. It’s a fitting tribute to a player that was originally capped by Lancashire in 1994 and since his move to Hampshire has continued to entertain cricket supporters around the country with his fantastic style and grace of play.” Tim Tremlett, Director of Cricket said, "I am delighted that John Crawley has been awarded a thoroughly deserved Benefit by Hampshire Cricket. John is a wonderful player who continues to entertain with his classical stroke play. Since making his first class debut in 1990 John has given outstanding service to the game of cricket and I hope that Hampshire's members and supporters will recognise John's dedication in the appropriate manner.” Rod Bransgrove, Hampshire Chairman, added, "Since he joined us in 2002, John Crawley has been the consummate professional. He consistently sets himself the highest standards of performance in all cricket and does so without ever threatening his personal integrity. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with and I am sure that the Hampshire public will want to show their appreciation for his commitment and dedication both to the team and the club generally.” © Hampshire CCC
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