Michael Page (cricketer)
|Full name||Michael Stephen Page|
17 June 1941 |
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman (RHB)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off-break|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||3 June 1964 Derbyshire v Worcestershire|
|Last First-class||23 August 1975 Derbyshire v Gloucestershire|
Source: , 16 June 2010
Page was born in Blackpool. He began his career with Nottinghamshire and Lancashire, for whom he played briefly for the Second XI, though it was with Derbyshire that he was to decide to play first-class cricket. He signed a professional contract in 1964. Page's Derbyshire debut, in June 1964, was a steady one, as he scored 25 and aided team-mate Edwin Smith in a seventh-wicket partnership of 57 against Worcestershire. In August of the same year he scored 112 against Leicestershire at Chesterfield, the first of nine centuries which included a career-best of 162 in the 1969 season. Page also helped the Derbyshire team to the runners-up spot in the Gillette Cup competition of 1969. Page remained a first-team choice for the first half of the 1970s. He played for Derbyshire until the 1975 season, playing his final match for the first team in August 1975.
Page was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. At the beginning of his career, Page bowled occasionally, and he took four wickets on one occasion for Derbyshire's Second XI. But it was clear early on that his primary role would be one of a middle-order batsman, though there was an early attempt to turn him into an opener.