Paul Walter is a left-handed all-rounder who bowls left-arm medium-fast who currently plays for Essex.
Walter was born in Basildon and attended Billericay School, where he played cricket for the school team. After graduating from school, Walter joined Essex’s academy. Having progressed through his home counties pathway at Chelmsford, Walter made his first-class debut for Essex in 2016 after impressing in the Essex league. He quickly followed this with his List A debut for Essex in the 2017 Royal London One-Day Cup.
Walter has since established himself as a regular member of the Essex side, playing in all three formats of the game. He has represented England at Under-19 level and has been involved in other national performance squads.
It was in 2022 where Walter made a key impact on a wider stage. Drafted in as an injury replacement, Walter was a key member of the Manchester Originals team that reached the final of the Men’s Hundred tournament. He was the team’s leading wicket-taker, with 13 wickets at an average of 18.46, and he also scored 175 runs at an average of 35.00.
He is a powerful hitter of the ball and can also bowl with pace and accuracy, attracting attention in the white ball game for hitting the bat hard and his variation. This attracted overseas attention – making his franchise debut for the Sharjah Warriors in the inaugural ILT20 during the winter.
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