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Martin Saggers

Martin Saggers
Personal information
Full name
Martin John Saggers
Born (1972-05-23) 23 May 1972 (age 52)
King's Lynn, Norfolk
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
BowlingRight arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 621)29 October 2003 v Bangladesh
Last Test13 June 2004 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
1998–2009Kent (squad no. 33)
2007Essex (loan)
Umpiring information
ODIs umpired6 (2020–2023)
T20Is umpired12 (2020–2022)
WTests umpired1 (2019)
WODIs umpired10 (2011–2022)
WT20Is umpired7 (2012–2021)
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 3 119 124 10
Runs scored 1 1,165 313 5
Batting average 0.33 11.20 9.20 5.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/2 0/0 0/0
Top score 1 64 34* 5
Balls bowled 493 20,676 5,622 186
Wickets 7 415 166 6
Bowling average 35.28 25.33 25.47 25.47
5 wickets in innings 0 18 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/29 7/79 5/22 2/14
Catches/stumpings 1/– 27/– 23/– 2/–
Source: Cricinfo, 24 June 2023

Martin John Saggers (born 23 May 1972) is an English county cricket umpire and a retired English cricketer.[1] He played international cricket for the England cricket team, including appearing in three Test matches and spent the majority of his first-class cricket career at Kent County Cricket Club. Saggers was born in King's Lynn in Norfolk.

Saggers had little success in his three seasons with Durham between 1996 and 1998, but then joined Kent and from 2000 to 2003 took more than 50 first-class wickets each year, his best being 83 in 2002. He also played for Essex on loan in 2007. He played for his native Norfolk in minor county matches in 1995–6.

Saggers made his Test match debut in 2003/04, as a replacement for the injured Andrew Flintoff in Dhaka, and also played in two of the three Tests against New Zealand the following summer. At Leeds he took the wicket of Mark Richardson with his first ball, but some wayward bowling and poor performances with the bat led to him being dropped for the games against the West Indies.[2] With the bat, he scored 1, 0 and 0 in three innings, finishing his Test career with a batting average of 0.33.[3]

Saggers suffered a knee injury in August 2009, and a month later announced his retirement from professional cricket. Graham Johnson, Kent's chairman of cricket, paid tribute to Saggers, saying "We owe Martin a great deal, especially during a period when he was our seam attack. Quite rightly, on the basis of this success, he received recognition at International level. Always enthusiastic and positive during his career, he will carry these qualities into his plans for what follows after cricket".[2]

In 2012 Saggers became a full-time cricket umpire, standing in County Championship matches in England.[4][5]

In 2020, he was appointed to the ICC International Umpires' Panel. He was one of the on-field umpires for the 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Late bloomers: Joe Denly joins England's list of 30-plus debutants". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Cricinfo staff (15 September 2009), Martin Saggers announces retirement, Cricinfo, retrieved 15 September 2009
  3. ^ "Was Dawid Malan's hundred the fastest for England in T20Is?". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  4. ^ Saggers promoted to full umpires list, CricInfo, 2011-11-11. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  5. ^ Martin Saggers - from Test cricketer to first-class umpire, BBC Sport, 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2016-04-08.
  6. ^ "Match officials named for ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 January 2022.

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