Chris Read, the former English wicket-keeper, today became just the 25th cricketer all-time to record 1000 dismissals in First Class cricket.
Playing for his county side, Nottinghamshire, against Durham, Read’s second-innings catch of Paul Collingwood, off the bowling of Brett Hutton, increased his tally to 950 catches and 50 stumpings. It was a crucial wicket too, as Notts fought back from a 168 run first-innings defective, to win by 52 runs.
Since debuting as a 19-year-old in 1997, Read quickly established himself as the tidiest gloveman in English cricket. However in the modern era that’s not sufficient and despite having made 15,051 First Class runs at a healthy 37.53 average – including 24 centuries – his national duties were limited to just 15 Tests and 36 ODIs between 1999 and 2007.
In addition to his brilliant First Class career, the 37-year-old has achieved the following in the shorter versions of the game:
• One Day – 5,297 runs / 373 dismissals
• Twenty20 – 1,353 runs / 78 dismissals
Combined, that’s an almighty total of 21,701 runs and 1,451 dismissals (ranked 11th all-time) in professional cricket – numbers which are unlikely to be passed any time soon.