Full name Richard Henry Moore
Born November 14, 1913, Charminster, Dorset
Died March 1, 2002, Llanrhos, Denbighshire, Wales (aged 88 years 107 days)
Major teams Hampshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|First-class span||1931 - 1939|
Moore, Richard Henry, died in Llanrhos on March 1, 2002, aged 88. He still held the record for Hampshire's highest individual score, 316, set at Bournemouth one July day in 1937. The Dean Park boundaries were short and the 23-year-old Dick Moore made the most of them, hitting three sixes and 43 fours in an innings that began with play at 11.30, reached three figures off the ball before lunch and continued until almost 7 p.m. when he was last out and the big crowd reluctantly set about going home. Hampshire's next-highest score was 75 by Cecil Paris, with whom he added 207 for the fourth wicket in two hours. Moore was especially powerful in front of the wicket and not always discriminating when choosing the ball to hit, but his 316 contained remarkably few flaws. One skybound hit might have been caught by any one of three converging Warwickshire fielders but, to the crowd's enjoyment, each left it to another. It was quite a day on the south coast: at Hove, Eddie Paynter was working off the effects of an overnight journey from Manchester by tormenting Sussex's bowlers to the tune of 322. Moore first played for Hampshire in August 1931 as a 17-year-old fresh from Bournemouth Grammar. He knew Dean Park well and hit half his ten hundreds there including his first, 159 against Essex in the last game of 1933. He now had the attacking strokes to complement an excellent defence and in 1934 he opened the innings, made 1,522 runs at 33.08 and was rated by Wisden "probably the most promising young amateur in English cricket". Next year, however, he went down with scarlet fever at the end of May and missed the rest of the season. When he returned in 1936 it was as captain and, buoyed by his strong personality and enterprising approach, Hampshire rose six places to tenth, having for a time been a heady third. Moore himself had a poor mid-summer, scraping only 89 runs in 17 innings, but he came good again to reach his thousand, as he did once more in 1937, with 1,562. After that, cricket took second place to the family bakery business, although he made three centuries in 1938. He was still only 26 when war broke out, and in 137 first-class games had scored 6,026 runs at an average of 26.08, held 116 catches and, bowling medium pace or just below, taken 25 wickets at 39.11. Moore married a North Wales baker's daughter and, having been in charge of a PoW camp in North Wales during the war, remained in the area afterwards and played for Denbighshire. In the 1950s he organised a festival at Colwyn Bay that attracted some of the day's leading cricketers.
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