Stephen Moreton

Stephen John Patrick Moreton (born 9 September 1984) is a former Irish cricketer. Moreton is a right-handed batsman who bowls leg break. He was born at Birmingham, Warwickshire.

Stephen Moreton
Personal information
Full nameStephen John Patrick Moreton
Born (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 35)
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
BowlingLeg break
Domestic team information
2005–2006Oxford UCCE
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 6
Runs scored 273
Batting average 24.81
100s/50s –/2
Top score 74
Balls bowled 389
Wickets 8
Bowling average 37.12
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2/24
Catches/stumpings 2/–
Source: Cricinfo, 29 April 2012

While attending Oxford Brookes University,[1] Moreton made his first-class debut for Oxford UCCE against Gloucestershire at the University Parks in 2005. Moreton made five further first-class appearances for Oxford UCCE, the last of which came against Durham in 2006.[2] In his seven first-class matches, he scored a total of 273 runs at an average of 24.81, with a high score of 74.[3] This score, which was one of two half centuries he made came against Lancashire.[4] With the ball, he took 8 wickets at a bowling average of 37.12, with best figures of 2/24.[5]

In August 2005, Moreton was rated as having bowled the fifth worst over of all time by Simon Lister when writing for the website Cricinfo.[6] The over in question came on his first-class debut against Gloucestershire. Moreton was given the ball close to the close of play on day two of the match, by which stage Gloucestershire had a first-innings lead approaching 400 and Craig Spearman unbeaten on 136. Spearman dispatched Moreton's first over in first-class cricket for 34 runs, hitting 6, 6, 6, 6, 4, 6, to advance his score to 170. The over ranks as the seventh most expensive of all time in first-class cricket.[7][n 1]

After playing first-class cricket for Oxford UCCE, Moreton had spells playing Second XI cricket for first-class county second XI's,[8] while in 2007 he played a single Minor Counties Championship match for Staffordshire against Suffolk.[9] Having been unable to secure a career playing the game, Moreton moved onto coaching. In November 2010, he was named as the coach of the Ireland women's cricket team, replacing Paul Delany who had resigned earlier in the year.[10] His appointment was on a temporary basis and he was later replaced by Jeremy Bray.

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ If Robert Vance's over for Wellington against Canterbury in 1990 which conceded 75 runs were included, Moreton's over would be the eighth most expensive. However, these figures are generally excluded from the records because the bowler deliberately conceded runs in an attempt to manufacture an otherwise unlikely victory.
  1. ^ Heather, Rupert (10 December 2011). "Interview: Stephen Moreton talks to Cover Point". Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  2. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Stephen Moreton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  3. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Stephen Moreton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Oxford UCCE v Lancashire, 2005". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  5. ^ "First-class Bowling For Each Team by Stephen Moreton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  6. ^ Lister, Simon (August 2005). "The XI worst overs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Records / First-class matches / Batting records / Most runs scored off one over". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Teams Stephen Moreton played for". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Stephen Moreton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Moreton appointed Ireland Women's coach". ESPNcricinfo. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2012.

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