July 16, 1952, Armley, Leeds, Yorkshire. Died: January 11, 2000 (Aged 47)
Right-hand bat, Slow left-arm orthodox
5 October 1976. YCCC Cap No. 117.
Winning the 1987 Benson & Hedges Cup as Yorkshire captain
BATTING AND FIELDING AVERAGES
Phil 'Fergie' Carrick was born in Armley in Leeds, but was a product of the Bradford League who began his first-class career in 1970.
At 15-years-old he was a member of the Farsley team and was playing for Yorkshire Schools. At 17 he played for the Colts and in the following year he made his Yorkshire debut. By the time he was 21 in 1973 he took 8-33 against Cambridge. He did not receive his County Cap until October 1976 and was disappointed that the ceremony happened when he was coaching and playing cricket in South Africa.
His all-rounder status was assured when he made a fine century on a difficult Headingley surface in 1978. Used largely as a stock bowler he did shine in 1983 when he took match figures of 12-89 against Derbyshire.
A left-arm spinner, he took more than 1,000 wickets over his 23 year career and fell just six runs short of hitting 10,000 first class runs for Yorkshire. His bowling partnership with Geoff Cope was a very successful one for the county.
He captained Yorkshire to victory over Northamptonshire in the 1987 Benson and Hedges Cup. He could well have gone down in history as one of Yorkshire's great captains had he had more ammunition at his disposal. A thoughtful innovative leader he earned tremendous respect for the way his team played.
As well as Yorkshire he spent two seasons playing in South Africa with Eastern Province and Northern Transvaal.
His ?benefit year in 1985? ?r?a?i?s?e?d? ??£?7?3?,?0?2?0??.??? He said: "All I ever wanted to do was to be a Yorkshire cricketer and now I just want to continue playing until they sack me."?
After retiring from first-class cricket in 1993 he continued to play local league cricket, captaining Pudsey Congs to the Bradford League title but also had success as an umpire for the ECB.
He died of leukaemia aged 47 in 2000 on January 11th leaving behind his wife and two daughters. His funeral was held in Bradford Cathedral, where there was standing room only.
JMB October 2010