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Richard Gleeson

Role:
Bowler
DOB:
2 December 1987 (Age 36)
Height:
6'1
Place of birth:
Blackpool, Lancashire

First Class Career Stats

34

Matches

143

Wickets

21.34

Bowling average

10

5wkt innings

3.31

Economy rate

List A Career Stats

21

Matches

28

Wickets

29.14

Bowling average

1

5wkt innings

5.82

Economy rate

T20 Career Stats

95

Matches

105

Wickets

24.56

Bowling average

1

5wkt innings

8.08

Economy rate

Edgbaston happy home for Gleeson

Richard Gleeson was offered his first professional county trial by Warwickshire more than a decade ago – so it felt fitting when the feared fast bowler returned to Edgbaston to sign for the 2024 Vitality Blast.

Bears snapped up the 36-year-old – who didn’t make his professional debut till he was 27 – after he was released by Lancashire at the end of the 2023 season.

He has fond memories of Edgbaston. Gleeson has played six IT20s for England, including his remarkable debut at Edgbaston in 2022 that saw him skittle India’s Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant in the space of four balls.

“Edgbaston is an amazing stadium, somewhere that’s close to my heart after making my England debut there. I can’t wait to get out in front of that home crowd again, take a few poles and win some games.”

Richard Gleeson

Richard Gleeson

Bowler

Gleeson spent winter 2023-24 playing T20 competitions in Abu Dhabi, South Africa and Dubai, before becoming the second oldest player to make a debut in the Indian Premier League, playing alongside Indian legend MS Dhoni for Chennai Super Kings.

One week after rubbing shoulders with some of the sport’s all-time greats, he was back opening the bowling for Blackpool in the Lancashire League, just as he so often has both before and after his professional career flourished.

Before signing for the Bears, Gleeson had 102 T20 wickets to his name from 92 matches.

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