Ray East      

Full name Raymond Eric East

Born June 20, 1947, Manningtree, Essex

Current age 72 years 116 days

Major teams Essex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Other Coach

Raymond Eric East
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 410 517 112 7178 113 17.72 1 22 256 0
List A 280 163 59 1139 54 10.95 0 1 118 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 410 65989 26210 1019 8/30 25.72 2.38 64.7 49 10
List A 280 10982 6617 269 6/18 6/18 24.59 3.61 40.8 4 5 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1965 - 1984
List A span 1966 - 1993

Ray East was one of the old school, an immensely popular cricketer who always conveyed a sense of fun whenever he played. That often overshadowed his ability - he took over 1000 wickets in his 19 seasons - and while he was serving Essex other less capable players at more fashionable counties represented England. Figures, however, rarely worried him. One of the game's spontaneously funny men - indeed, he could clown quite brilliantly - he formed, with David Acfield, the spin strength of an Essex team which employed mainly seam bowling. East, who stepped virtually straight from village cricket into the county game, was a shrewd, philosophical cricketer who enjoyed both the games - of cricket and life. From time to time, too, he would heave a few right-handed blows at other bowlers. His most impressive figures were achieved in the John Player League, in which he bowled what was at the time the most expensive spell - 1 for 79 in eight overs - and four times took five wickets in an innings. In his first-class career he scored 7148 runs and took 254 catches. He will be remembered, though, and with relish, as one who brought much gaiety to a game which sometimes was in danger of becoming too seriously mercenary. After retiring he became Essex's coach and their second-team captain.
John Arlott

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Aug 24, 1980

Ray East - and bucket - in the dug-out at Stamford Bridge, Essex v West Indies, Chelsea, August 24, 1980

Ray East - and bucket - in the dug-out at Stamford Bridge

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May 11, 1980

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