Riki Wessels

Australian-English cricketer

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Riki Wessels

Wessels in 2018
Personal information
Full name
Mattheus Hendrik Wessels
Born (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 38)
Nambour, Queensland, Australia
Nickname Blood
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper batsman
Relations Kepler Wessels (father)
Domestic team information
Years Team
2004–2009 Northamptonshire (squad no. 6)
2004 MCC
2007/08 Nondescripts
2009/10–2011/12 Mid West Rhinos
2011–2018 Nottinghamshire (squad no. 9)
2013 Khulna Royal Bengals
2013 Abahani Limited
2014/15 Sydney Sixers
2016 Karachi Kings
2016 Khulna Titans
2017 Peshawar Zalmi
2018 Kandahar Knights
2019 Lahore Qalandars
2019–2021 Worcestershire (squad no. 99)
FC debut 13 July 2004 MCC v West Indians
LA debut 3 May 2005 Northamptonshire v Denmark
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 224 179 237
Runs scored 11,701 4,765 5,684
Batting average 34.61 30.94 28.85
100s/50s 23/61 5/26 1/26
Top score 202* 146 110
Balls bowled 240 49
Wickets 3 1
Bowling average 43.33 48.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/10 1/0
Catches/stumpings 339/16 121/0 96/16
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 1 November 2021

Mattheus Hendrik Riki Wessels (born 12 November 1985) is an Australian-English cricketer who most recently played for Worcestershire County Cricket Club. A right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper, Wessels has played for Marylebone Cricket Club, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire, and also for the Mid West Rhinos in Zimbabwe and the Sydney Sixers in Australia. He is the son of former South African captain Kepler Wessels, who also played 24 Test matches for Australia.[1]

Early life[edit]

Wessels was born in Queensland, Australia, where his father was playing domestic cricket at the time. After Kepler decided to return to South Africa, Riki grew up in Port Elizabeth. Cricket was not an automatic choice for him, as he was also a keen hockey player, but at 18 he made the decision to pursue a cricket career in England.

Cricket career[edit]

In 2004, Wessels joined the staff at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club where he impressed in the second eleven producing several noticeable scores. This led to him being selected for the MCC in 2004 and in the first team of Nottinghamshire for the start of the 2011 season. In 2004, he established himself as a first class player, and scored his first century at the age of 19 against Somerset.[2] In 2007, he became eligible to play for England, which is what he wanted to do from an early age. Being a keen hockey player (playing for Northampton Lions and the University of Northampton teams)[3] helps him to play a variety of shots including the reverse sweep for which he is well known. He is a fairly attacking player especially in one-day cricket, where he made one century to date. On 7 November 2008, Wessels signed a contract extension along with fellow Northamptonshire wicket keeper Niall O’Brien, keeping Riki at the club until 2010.[4]

He also turned out for Nondescripts Cricket Club in Sri Lanka during the English off-season between 2008 and 2010.

Wessels signed for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club for the 2011 season, where he plies his trade as a specialist batsman.

He was signed as a specialist batsman by the Sydney Sixers in the 2014–15 Big Bash League tournament in Australia.[5]
He now plays his cricket in the city of Stoke-on-Trent. For one of the most historic sides around Longton Cricket Club.


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  1. ^ Kepler Wessels Cricinfo. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
  2. ^ Clive Ellis Wessels son shines The Telegraph. 2005-05-28. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
  3. ^ University of Northampton notable players Wikidoc. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
  4. ^ Northants tie up wicketkeepers ECB Website. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
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