Wayne Larkins

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Wayne Larkins
Personal information
Full nameWayne Larkins
Born (1953-11-22) 22 November 1953 (age 66)
Roxton, Bedfordshire, England
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium
Domestic team information
1982/83–1983/84Eastern Province
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 13 25 482 485
Runs scored 493 591 27,142 13,594
Batting average 20.54 24.62 34.44 30.75
100s/50s 0/3 1/0 59/116 26/66
Top score 64 124 252 172*
Balls bowled 15 3,517 3,202
Wickets 42 77
Bowling average 45.59 31.62
5 wickets in innings 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 5/59 5/32
Catches/stumpings 8/– 8/– 306/– 160/–
Source: Cricinfo, 11 July 2009

Wayne Larkins (born 22 November 1953)[1] is a former English cricketer, who represented Northamptonshire, Durham and Bedfordshire as an opening batsman throughout his career. He was selected to play for England as Graham Gooch's opening partner on tours of Australia and the West Indies. Although a talented player, Larkins is considered as something of an underachiever at the top level.[1] County bowlers such as Jonathan Agnew spoke of being "Nedded" when he performed well against them.[citation needed] The cricket correspondent, Colin Bateman, opined, "Larkins was usually ignored when he should have been selected and selected when he should have been ignored in a career of unfulfilled potential. A destructive opening bat who could demolish any attack if he got going, 'Ned' tired of waiting for England and joined the 1982 rebel tour to South Africa".[1]

County career[edit]

Born in Roxton, Bedfordshire,[1] Larkins played cricket for Northamptonshire from 1972 until 1991. He moved to first-class newcomers Durham in 1992, retiring from the first-class game in 1995. He scored 27,142 first-class runs in 482 matches, with 59 centuries and a highest score of 252. He also snared 42 wickets with his medium pace.

International career[edit]

Larkins appeared in thirteen Test matches for England, scoring three fifties, and in twenty five ODIs. He was a strong force in domestic one-day cricket, playing 485 matches and scoring 13,594 runs with 26 hundreds.[2]

Beyond cricket[edit]

Outside cricket, he was a keen footballer. In his youth, he had been on the books of Notts County. He also played non-league football for Wolverton Town, Wellingborough Town[3] and Buckingham Town, although he missed part of the 1985 season after gashing his leg during a match.[citation needed]

Mortgage controversy[edit]

In October 2006, Larkins pleaded guilty to attempting to illegally obtain a mortgage secured against the house of his girlfriend's sick father. With his girlfriend Deborah Lines, he bought a home in France.[4] On 20 April 2007, he was given a 12-month suspended sentence, and was ordered to repay money from the sale of the property.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 108. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.
  2. ^ "Wayne Larkins - Cricket Archive Statistics". 2003. Retrieved 20 January 2007.
  3. ^ Arnold F.C. programme, 1978
  4. ^ "Larkins pleads guilty to deception". 2006. Retrieved 2 November 2006.
  5. ^ "Loan scam cricketer spared jail". BBC News. 20 April 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2007.