Full name Rory James Hamilton-Brown
Born September 3, 1987, Wellington Hospital, London
Current age 29 years 97 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Mashonaland Eagles, Surrey, Surrey 2nd XI, Sussex, Sussex 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Millfield School
|First-class debut||Surrey v Bangladesh A at The Oval, Aug 10-12, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Durham v Sussex at Chester-le-Street, Jun 22-25, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Surrey v Sussex at Guildford, Jul 24, 2005 scorecard|
|Last List A||Worcestershire v Sussex at Worcester, Aug 26, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Kent v Sussex at Canterbury, Jun 11, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Sussex v Middlesex at Hove, Jun 27, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|17||Sussex||v Middlesex||Hove||27 Jun 2014||T20|
|1, 0/6, 7||Sussex||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||22 Jun 2014||FC|
|12||Sussex||v Kent||Canterbury||20 Jun 2014||T20|
|45, 0/9, 62||Sussex||v Yorkshire||Arundel||16 Jun 2014||FC|
|1||Sussex||v Somerset||Arundel||15 Jun 2014||T20|
|10, 0/7||Sussex||v Surrey||The Oval||13 Jun 2014||T20|
|1, 2/5, 0||Sussex||v Somerset||Taunton||8 Jun 2014||FC|
|49||Sussex||v Gloucs||Hove||6 Jun 2014||T20|
|6, 12*||Sussex||v Notts||Hove||1 Jun 2014||FC|
|27||Sussex||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||30 May 2014||T20|
It might have been his double-barrelled name, his carefree approach to the game, his prominent cheekbones or the fact that he was handpicked to become - at 22 - Surrey's youngest captain for 138 years but life appeared too easy for Rory Hamilton-Brown. Then, the death of close friend Tom Maynard on a railway line near Wimbledon in June 2012 drew a cloud over his career that he never recovered from. A wrist injury forced him to retire aged just 27.
Following Maynard's death, it was unclear whether Hamilton-Brown would remain in cricket. He sought solace at his first county, Sussex, who he joined on a three-year contract for the 2013 season. Rewards did not come easily in his first two years, leaving him with a sizeable challenge to rediscover a fulfilling and successful career. But a wrist injury in the middle of the 2014 campaign required surgery and Hamilton-Brown was ultimately unable to recover.
A crisp-hitting middle-order batsman and steady offspin bowler Hamilton-Brown was a gifted cricketer who was tipped for international honours by those taken by his cavalier style. He was a controversial choice when Chris Adams, Surrey's coach, recruited him from Sussex to take charge. Faced with a dressing room packed with volatile and sceptical pros his first job was to win support. That he did with a steady first season and in 2011, Hamilton-Brown led Surrey to both the 40-over title and promotion to Division One of the Championship with a strong late-season surge.
That was enough to settle questions about his leadership. The captaincy did, by his own assessment, set his batting back a touch but he remained a positive strokemaker, ever keen to take the aggressive route. He blossomed as a limited-overs opener and was also starting to prosper in the middle-order in four-day cricket before tragic circumstances set him back.
Hamilton-Brown, another product of Millfield School, also played rugby union for Harlequins and England juniors. But cricket is where his pedigree lies. His godfather is Dennis Amiss and Hamilton-Brown has been associated with Surrey throughout his formative years. He made his Second XI debut in 2004 as a 16-year-old, scoring 84 against Sussex. Sensing limited opportunities in a Surrey side that was packed with gnarled seniors, Hamilton-Brown first moved to Sussex in 2008 where he grew under Adams' guidance before rejoining his mentor at Surrey.
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