Full name Edward Charles Rainsford
Born December 14, 1984, Kadoma, Mashonaland
Current age 30 years 231 days
Major teams Zimbabwe, Centrals, Mid West Rhinos, Midlands, Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe Provinces, Zimbabwe XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Relation Sister - YB Rainsford
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v Australia at Harare, May 29, 2004 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v Ireland at Harare, Sep 30, 2010 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 12, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Zimbabwe at Bloemfontein, Oct 8, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Mashonaland Eagles v Mid West Rhinos at Harare, Dec 9-12, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002/03|
|Last List A||Mid West Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers at Kwekwe, Jan 12, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Eagles v Zimbabweans at Kimberley, Sep 13, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Mountaineers v Mid West Rhinos at Mutare, Jan 10, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0, 1/65||Rhinos||v Eagles||Harare||9 Dec 2013||FC|
|27, 4/31, 0, 1/4||Rhinos||v Rocks||Kwekwe||26 Feb 2013||FC|
|2/97, 2, 9*||Rhinos||v Tuskers||Bulawayo||5 Feb 2013||FC|
|1/16, 10, 3/45, 1||Rhinos||v Mountaineers||Kwekwe||29 Jan 2013||FC|
|2/19, 7, 1/37||Rhinos||v Eagles||Kwekwe||22 Jan 2013||FC|
|2/9||Rhinos||v Tuskers||Kwekwe||12 Jan 2013||LA|
|10*, 1/22||Rhinos||v Mountaineers||Mutare||10 Jan 2013||T20|
|1/43||Rhinos||v Mountaineers||Mutare||9 Jan 2013||LA|
|2/26||Rhinos||v Rocks||Kwekwe||13 Dec 2012||T20|
|2/20||Rhinos||v Rocks||Kwekwe||12 Dec 2012||LA|
Ed Rainsford is a tall right-arm seamer with the reputation of being one of the quickest bowlers in Zimbabwe. He won early selection for the national squad against Sri Lanka in 2004 when the 'rebel' players withdrew. He played five ODIs during that dispute, but never really made an impression. Zimbabwe's continuing player drain led to his recall to national colours in 2006. He has developed an excellent yorker, which works best with left-handers as his stock delivery swings the ball into them. Rainsford grew up in the Midlands town of Kadoma, and despite attending a minor cricket-playing junior school showed little interest in the game until he was 11, when his father, who had played at school himself, coached him and fired his enthusiasm. One of his older brothers played for Midlands in the early nineties before the Logan Cup acquired first-class status. After five years in the first team at Jameson High in Kadoma, he was so 'hungry' for cricket that he would catch a lift three times a week to Kwekwe, 45 miles away, to practise with the National League club team there. This led to selection for Midlands in the Logan Cup, as well as the Under-19 World Cup team and the CFX Academy in 2004. He performed commendably on the West Indies tour, but still tended to be inconsistent and left early to fulfill a club contract in England. He was less impressive in outings against Bangladesh and an Australian Academy side later in the year. After an outstanding performance in the Logan Cup in 2007, he was troubled by a bad stress fracture in his back, and did not feature in a single game for the national side between March 2007 and November 2008. Since his return to international cricket against Sri Lanka at Harare, Rainsford has struggled for penetration, but remains a potent force at domestic level.
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