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John Andrew Simpson (born 13 July 1988) is an English cricketer who plays for Middlesex County Cricket Club. Simpson is a wicket-keeper and left-handed batsman who won the Denis Compton Award in 2004.

John Simpson
Personal information
Full nameJohn Andrew Simpson
Born (1988-07-13) 13 July 1988 (age 31)
Bury, Greater Manchester
Domestic team information
2009–presentMiddlesex (squad no. 20)
FC debut2 September 2009 Middlesex v Northamptonshire
LA debut9 August 2009 Middlesex v Kent
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 148 93 95
Runs scored 6,166 1,587 1,573
Batting average 31.29 26.01 22.79
100s/50s 5/36 0/8 0/7
Top score 143 82* 84*
Balls bowled 18
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 444/24 81/19 47/17
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 23 June 2019



Simpson represented England U19s on tour to India in 2004/05 aged 16 and again in 2005/06 on a tour to Bangladesh. For the 2007 season he joined Lancashire on a scholarship, he played second XI cricket for Lancashire, Durham and Nottinghamshire during the campaign.

In 2009 he made his professional debut when selected for Middlesex's Twenty20 match against Sussex. On 9 April 2010, Simpson made his first-class debut against Worcestershire at New Road. He made 20 in the first and 0 in the second innings as Middlesex were beaten by 111 runs, he did however take 5 catches behind the stumps.

Simpson averaged 18.05 in the 2012 season, with no hundreds or fifties.[1] However, in the opening round of matches of the 2013 County Championship, Simpson made 97 not out for Middlesex.[2]

In 2018, he played for Brothers Union in the 2017–18 Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League in Bangladesh.[3]

Family links to other sportsEdit

Simpson is the grandson and great-grandson of two former rugby league players who were regarded as two of the best full backs in the game at their times. His great-grandfather, Walter Gowers, played at full back for Rochdale Hornets during the interwar years as well as being selected for the national touring squad to Australasia in 1928 even though he did not actually play at test match level. John's grandfather, Ken Gowers (Walter's son) was the outstanding full back for Swinton from the 1950s to the 1970s. Ken was one of several Swinton players who were capped for Great Britain during the 1960s when the Lions' ground Station Road was the scene of many great Lions' victories in the club's postwar "swinging sixties" decade. Ken Gowers was also a useful cricketer. He would often change from the oval ball game to the summer game after rugby fixtures were completed each spring.

John Simpson's father Jack Simpson played Lacrosse for England and Rochdale he played in 2 world championships.


  1. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive".
  2. ^ "County Championship Division One at Nottingham, Apr 10-13 2013 - Match Summary - ESPNCricinfo". ESPNcricinfo.
  3. ^ "Dhanmondi overcome Asif Hasan's hat-trick for thrilling win". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 February 2018.

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