Sport – Peter Such

Peter Such – England Test Cricketer, County Champion, Off Spinner, Scourge of the Australians and Coach

Peter Mark Such was born on the June 12, 1964 in Helensburgh and although remembered as an English cricket star, his place of birth did lead to him seriously thinking about playing for Scotland in the World Cup some years ago.

After a short period of time in Helensburgh, his family moved South to Nottinghamshire.

He attended Lantern Lane Primary School and Harry Carlton Comprehensive School, both in East Leake, South Nottingham. It was during his school years that he developed a love of sport. Although Peter played a lot of hockey during the winter months, it was cricket; particularly bowling that was to become his first choice sport.

It was the feared Australians Jeff Thomson, Dennis Lillee and the Chappell brothers that were to catch 10 year old Peter’s eye, becoming his first idols during the 1974/75 season. At this time, Peter and his brother became junior members at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, where Derek Randall was the local hero.

Peter was to excel at cricket during his school years and he was recommended for trials for Notts Under-15s, making the grade, and the following summer played for the county under-16 and under-17 sides. For the next three years Peter played for the Notts Colts side, and the following year became a regular in the county second team.

In 1982, Peter made his county debut when Notts suffered an injury crisis and he was drafted in face Middlesex, the eventual County Champions, at Lords. Peter recalls that game as a fantastic experience although he finished with a batting pair and bowling figures of 23-0-70-0.

Peter was to continue to play for Notts until 1986 when he then joined Leicestershire. He left Leicestershire in 1989/90 to join the county that he was to remain with for the rest of his career: Essex County Cricket Club. During the 1991 and 1992 seasons, Peter helped Essex become County Champions.

But it was his England exploits, particularly against the Australians for which Peter is best remembered. Peter made his debut, as a replacement for John Embury, in 1993, playing against the Australians at Old Trafford and took an astonishing 6-67 in the first innings of the match.

He then played in all three Tests against New Zealand the following summer, but had to wait until the Ashes series of 1998-99 for his next cap. He was selected for the Sydney test where he took 5-81 in Australia’s second innings. Peter’s Test career ended where it had began at Old Trafford, in the Third Test against New Zealand in 1999, but it ended memorably. He received a standing ovation by making a 51 ball duck (the second longest in test history) in a tail end partnership of 31 with Mark Ramprakash.

Peter Such represented England 11 times between 1993 and 1999, taking 37 wickets at an average of 33.56.

Peter retired from County Cricket in 2001, after a professional career spanning 19 years. Since retiring from professional cricket, Peter created, launched and directed the Essex County Cricket Club Academy and was a specialist coach for the England Under-17 and Under-19 squads.

In 2003/2004, Peter completed his diploma in coaching at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and he now runs his own Life Coaching Consultancy helping individuals and companies in the City and locally to develop skills to help them perform to the best of their abilities.

In September 2009, Peter was invited to join the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough as a consultant specialist spin bowling coach. He also signed up to play for the first team of Totteridge MillHillians in the Hertfordshire Division 1 and to assist with the coaching of the younger players.

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