Full name Rory James Hamilton-Brown
Born September 3, 1987, Wellington Hospital, London
Current age 28 years 241 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.
NBC Denis Compton Award 2005, 2006, 2009
Thirty years ago England were battered, bruised, broken and blackwashed in the Caribbean