Ollie Rayner      

Full name Oliver Philip Rayner

Born November 1, 1985, Fallingbostel, Germany

Current age 30 years 267 days

Major teams England Lions, Marylebone Cricket Club, Sussex, Sussex 2nd XI, Sussex Cricket Board

Nickname Mervin, Rocket

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Height 6 ft 5 in

Education St Bede's

Oliver Philip Rayner
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
First-class 109 141 22 2672 143* 22.45 5158 51.80 2 12 361 13 146 0
List A 53 35 17 469 61 26.05 506 92.68 0 1 50 7 28 0
Twenty20 68 42 15 341 41* 12.62 331 103.02 0 0 24 7 17 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 109 177 16229 7676 225 8/46 15/118 34.11 2.83 72.1 7 8 1
List A 53 48 1914 1690 43 4/35 4/35 39.30 5.29 44.5 2 0 0
Twenty20 68 66 1268 1565 39 5/18 5/18 40.12 7.40 32.5 0 1 0
Career statistics
First-class debut Sussex v Sri Lankans at Hove, May 18-21, 2006 scorecard
Last First-class Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton, Jul 10-13, 2016 scorecard
List A debut Kent v Sussex at Tunbridge Wells, Jun 4, 2006 scorecard
Last List A Middlesex v Kent at Lord's, Jul 24, 2016 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Sussex v Hampshire at Arundel, Jun 27, 2006 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Middlesex v Glamorgan at Richmond, Jul 8, 2016 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/46 Middlesex v Kent Lord's 24 Jul 2016 LA
12, 1/72, 0 Middlesex v Somerset Taunton 10 Jul 2016 FC
0, 0/35 Middlesex v Glamorgan Richmond 8 Jul 2016 T20
0/44, 0, 2/23 Middlesex v Yorkshire Scarborough 3 Jul 2016 FC
4/120 Middlesex v Lancashire Lord's 26 Jun 2016 FC
3/23, 13 Middlesex v Surrey The Oval 17 Jun 2016 T20
21*, 0/44 Middlesex v Glamorgan Cardiff 14 Jun 2016 LA
1/63 Middlesex v Gloucs Bristol 8 Jun 2016 LA
0/43, 12 Middx 2nd XI v Surr 2nd XI Sunbury-on-Thames 2 Jun 2016 Other OD
1/3, 1/14 Middlesex v Hampshire Northwood 29 May 2016 FC
Profile

Ollie Rayner entered Middlesex folklore when he took the extraordinary figures of 15-118 in the match in the Championship victory over Surrey at The Oval in September 2013. It was a worthy reward for a cricketer who, on account of his solid offspin and very useful lower order batting, had been easy to label a journeyman. Born in Germany, Rayner is an extremely tall offspiner. He makes the best of his build with a high arm action, achieves good economy, but lacks genuine spin on the ball. After graduating from the Sussex and ECB academies Ollie Rayner signed a contract with Sussex in November 2005. Although primarily an offspinner, he became the first Sussex player since 1920 to score a century on debut when he scored 101 against the touring Sri Lankans in 2006. His main chance, though, came following the retirement of Mushtaq Ahmed in 2008 as he became the club's frontline spinner. By the end of the season he had done enough to earn a call-up to the England Performance Squad. That was, though, a high-point. His form tailed off in 2009 and his 2010 season was curtailed by the arrival of Monty Panesar at Hove. Rayner joined Middlesex on loan in 2011, prospering enough to be rewarded with successive longer-term contracts. He performed admirably, but his exploits at The Oval did not prove a springboard to greater things, other than an England Lions call-up to Sri Lanka. His bowling form subsided in 2014, when his five Championship wickets cost 119.20 apiece, although he put in a depndable stint the following year in a holding role which he freely admitted was "not sexy". The simple truth, he observed, was that all an England spinner could do with so many Championship fixtures in early and later season was to hang in there in the hope of a few matches in dryer weather.

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Jun 27, 2016

Ollie Rayner celebrates one of his four wickets, Middlesex v Lancashire, County Championship, Division One, Lord's, 2nd day, June 27, 2016

Ollie Rayner celebrates one of his four wickets

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May 16, 2016

Adam Voges and Ollie Rayner celebrate the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara, Surrey v Middlesex, County Championship, Division One, Kia Oval, 2nd day, May 16, 2016

Adam Voges and Ollie Rayner celebrate the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara

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May 4, 2015

Ollie Rayner appeal successfully for an lbw against Chris Rushworth, Middlesex v Durham, County Championship Division One, Lord's, 3rd day, May 4, 2015

Ollie Rayner appeal successfully for an lbw against Chris Rushworth

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Notes

NBC Denis Compton Award 2006

NBC Denis Compton Award 2008

Tournament Results
Barisal v Dhaka at Dhaka - Feb 29, 2012
Dhaka won by 8 wickets (with 26 balls remaining)
Dhaka v Khulna at Dhaka - Feb 28, 2012
Dhaka won by 9 runs
Barisal v Rajshahi at Dhaka - Feb 28, 2012
Barisal won by 8 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
Khulna v Royals at Dhaka - Feb 27, 2012
Khulna won by 69 runs
Dhaka v Rajshahi at Dhaka - Feb 27, 2012
Rajshahi won by 3 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
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