John Blain (cricketer)

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John Blain
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Personal information
Full nameJohn Angus Rae Blain
Born (1979-01-04) 4 January 1979 (age 40)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
BowlingRight arm fast-medium
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 3)16 May 1999 v Australia
Last ODI19 April 2009 v Afghanistan
ODI shirt no.4
T20I debut (cap 1)12 September 2007 v Pakistan
Last T20I4 August 2008 v Kenya
Domestic team information
2004–2006Yorkshire (squad no. 44)
2010Yorkshire (squad no. 44)
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA T20I
Matches 33 42 102 6
Runs scored 284 495 635 4
Batting average 14.94 15.96 15.48 2.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/2 0/0 0/0
Top score 41 93 41 3*
Balls bowled 1,329 5,945 4,388 120
Wickets 41 120 143 6
Bowling average 28.60 35.55 25.72 18.00
5 wickets in innings 1 4 4 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 5/22 6/42 5/22 2/23
Catches/stumpings 8/– 12/– 27/– 1/–
Source: Cricinfo, 10 June 2009

John Angus Rae Blain (born 4 January 1979)[1] is a Scottish first-class cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman, and a right-arm fast-medium pace bowler. In May 2019, he was inducted into Cricket Scotland's Hall of Fame.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Attaining his first cap in 1996, Blain became Scotland's youngest-capped cricketer since 1890, he played during the 1996 European Championship taking seven wickets at 9.85. Blain was initially signed as a footballer to Falkirk but decided to switch to cricket, signing for Northamptonshire, having not made an impact as a footballer.

Blain left Northamptonshire County Cricket Club at the end of the 2003 season to join Yorkshire County Cricket Club, where he made sporadic appearances for the first team until he was initially released in 2006.

He played for Yorkshire League side, Rotherham Cricket Club in 2007, and was due to sign for the Scottish League side, Ferguslie, in 2008; the move fell through, and Blain played for the Scottish Saltires and Rotherham.

He appeared in all Scotland's games at the 1999 and 2007 World Cups, he finished the 1999 event with 10 wickets at 21 with a strike rate of 22.3, the best in the tournament.[3]

In the 2010, Blain made a solitary appearance for Yorkshire in the County Championship, and in both that campaign and in 2011, Blain was the regular captain of Yorkshire's Second XI.

Coaching career[edit]

Blain is an ECB Level 4 Coach. Blain was named as head coach of Grange Cricket Club, he also played as player-cum-coach with West of Scotland Cricket Club from 2010 to 2013. He was name head coach of newly formed team Eastern Knights which will play in Regional Pro Series.[4][5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 364. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4.
  2. ^ "E R Thompson and J A R Blain Inducted into Hall of Fame". Cricket Scotland. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
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  4. ^ John Blain appointed Grange coach
  5. ^ John Blain destroys Forfarshire
  6. ^ Blain ready for new challenge as Scottish cricket season gets underway
  7. ^ Blain to coach Tri-Series side
  8. ^ Coaching contacts

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