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Martin Saggers

Martin Saggers

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Player Biography

If there was ever a cricketer who deserved more of a chance at international level it was Martin Saggers. After arriving from Durham in 1998, ëSaggsí went on to be an integral part of the Kent attack for a good number of years. The popular right-arm bowler had the ability to move the ball at a lively pace and picked up important wickets at regular intervals ñ mainly at the top of the innings. In 2002, he finished top wicket-taker in domestic cricket with 83. However, the national selectors continued to ignore his claims for an England place until the end of 2003 when he was placed on standby for the winter tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He finally got a long overdue call-up when Andrew Flintoff pulled out through injury and the Kent-man made his debut in the second Test at Chittagong and duly took three wickets. His international career ended just a year later, after a home series with New Zealand, despite dismissing Mark Richardson with his first ball in home tests. Englandís loss was Kentís gain and Martin continued to do a good job for Kent until 2009 when he retired from first-class cricket after being awarded a Benefit Year in his final season at the club. Saggs ended his career with 415 first-class wickets at an average of 25.33 to add to his seven Test-match wickets. His one-day performances also yielded 166 wickets.