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Jermaine Jay Charles Lawson (born 13 January 1982) is a former professional cricketer. A fast bowler from Jamaica, he played at Test and One Day International (ODI) level for the West Indies during the early 2000s, becoming the fourth West Indian to take a Test hat-trick. Lawson later moved to the United States, and made his debut for the American national cricket team at the World Cricket League Division Three tournament in October 2014.

Jermaine Lawson
Personal information
Full nameJermaine Jay Charles Lawson
Born (1982-01-13) 13 January 1982 (age 37)
Spanish Town, St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 409)17 October 2002 v India
Last Test3 November 2005 v Australia
ODI debut11 December 2001 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI2 August 2005 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
2001West Indies B
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 13 13 54 34
Runs scored 52 18 434 32
Batting average 3.46 6.00 8.18 3.20
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 14 8 35 8
Balls bowled 2,364 558 8,331 1,579
Wickets 51 17 174 60
Bowling average 29.64 29.29 29.31 19.31
5 wickets in innings 2 0 6 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 7/78 4/57 7/78 5/66
Catches/stumpings 3/– 0/– 15/– 2/–
Source: CricketArchive, 23 October 2014


Lawson is a fast bowler capable of bowling over 90 mph. His accomplishments in his first few matches include the rare figures of 6/3 against Bangladesh in his third Test, a hat-trick against Australia in 2003/04, claiming the wickets of Brett Lee, Stuart MacGill and Justin Langer,[1] and a haul of 7/78 against Australia which was important in the West Indian victory in the final Test of that series.

However, his action has been suspect: he was reported for an "illegal action" on 11 May 2003 by the International Cricket Council.[1] After remedial work, he returned to Test cricket in mid-2004, but stress fractures and a further reporting of his action in July 2005 have stalled his career to date. However, he was cleared by the International Cricket Council on all reports of "illegal action".

In the summer of 2007 he joined Great Harwood Cricket Club in the Ribblesdale League as their professional.

On 29 Feb 2008 it was announced that Lawson would be joining English side Leicestershire as a Kolpak player for the upcoming county season.

Lawson moved to the USA in 2010 and qualified to play for the USA in 2014.


  1. ^ a b "A South African great arrives". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 May 2019.