Born On This Day: 28th February

A new series from Hampshire Cricket historian Dave Allen marks the birthdays of notable and fondly remembered Hampshire cricketers

Kevin Emery, was born in Swindon in 1960. Emery was a pace bowler who made a considerable impact in his debut season of 1982, taking 83 first-class wickets at 23.72; three times taking five or more wickets in an innings, with 10 in the match v Glamorgan at Portsmouth, including his best of 6-51 (& 4-50).

He was selected for England ‘B’ (effectively England Lions) and seemed to have a highly promising future, but sadly in the following season, he struggled with injuries and loss of form, and in six first-class matches he took just five more wickets at 52.40.

He had played regularly in limited-overs matches in 1982, taking 27 wickets at fewer than 25 each, but in the following two seasons he played just two more such games, with an aggregate analysis of 11-0-48-0.

His final match for Hampshire was in the B&H Cup at Bristol in May 1984 as in a matter of just two years he had come and gone. Like his father, he played for Wiltshire, before joining Hampshire, and he continued to do so through the 1980s.

Also today: Maurice Lawson (1907/19), Frank Walkinshaw (1885/92)

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