Kim Barnett

Kim John Barnett (born 17 July 1960) is a former English cricketer. Barnett was a batsman who played internationally for England between 1988 and 1989.

Kim Barnett
Personal information
Full nameKim John Barnett
Born (1960-07-17) 17 July 1960 (age 60)
Leek, Staffordshire, England
Height6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m)
BowlingRight-arm leg-break
International information
National side
Test debut25 August 1988 v Sri Lanka
Last Test6 July 1989 v Australia
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs First-class List A
Matches 4 1 479 527
Runs scored 207 84 28,593 15,564
Batting average 29.57 84.00 40.38 34.89
100s/50s 0/2 0/1 61/153 17/92
Top score 80 84 239* 136
Balls bowled 6 14,221 3,782
Wickets 0 188 113
Bowling average 37.80 26.37
5 wickets in innings 3 2
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 6/28 6/24
Catches/stumpings 1/– 0/– 284/– 174/–
Source: [1], 14 July 2010

He was primarily a batsman, but could also deploy effective leg spin, and topped the English first-class bowling averages in 1994 with 13.30, albeit with only thirteen wickets to his name. Barnett was named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1989.

Domestic careerEdit

He mainly played for Derbyshire, from 1979 to 1998 and Gloucestershire from 1999 to 2002. He also played for South African teams Boland and Impalas.

Barnett played the bulk of his county cricket career for Derbyshire, and was captain between 1983 and 1995.[1] He remained at the club for several more years, until clashes with players and the county's committee resulted in his leaving for Gloucestershire in 1999. He was disappointed[citation needed] not to be offered a renewal of his contract after the 2002 season, and retired from first-class cricket, although he continued to play in regional league competitions.

Barnett scored 28,593 first-class runs in 479 matches at an average of 40.38, with 61 centuries and a top score of 239 not out, made against Leicestershire. He passed 1000 runs in a single season 16 times, including eleven consecutive seasons between 1983 and 1993.[2]

International careerEdit

Barnett played only four Test matches for England, partly as a result of bad fortune and partly of his own choice. He was selected for the 1988/89 tour to India, which was cancelled, and then accepted a place on the Mike Gatting led rebel tour of South Africa in 1989/90, and was immediately banned from Test cricket for three years.[1]

In one-day cricket, according to former Gloucestershire coach John Bracewell, Barnett played a key role in a very successful side:

winning a "double double" in 1999 and 2000 (both the Benson and Hedges Cup and the C&G Trophy, in both seasons), while also pocketing the Sunday League in 2000 ... Key to all this was veteran opener Kim Barnett, who Bracewell described as "like Duckworth-Lewis before it was invented". It was Barnett who would first calculate the par score, then systematically plot the road map to that total.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

He was coach of the Minor Counties side, Staffordshire, and played for them on occasion.

Outside cricketEdit

Barnett used to play for Rocester F.C. and Leek Town before football took a back seat for cricket.


  1. ^ a b Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 20. ISBN 1-869833-21-X. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  2. ^ Kim Barnett at Cricket Archive
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Barry Wood
Derbyshire cricket captains
Succeeded by
Dean Jones
Preceded by
New Appointment
Derbyshire Director of Cricket
2016 to date
Succeeded by