Matches (14)
NZ v AUS (1)
Ranji Trophy (2)
WCL 2 (1)
PSL 2024 (1)
WPL (1)
Nepal Tri-Nation (1)
Sheffield Shield (3)
CWC Play-off (4)

Full Name

Edward Charles Rainsford


December 14, 1984, Kadoma, Mashonaland


39y 80d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Fast medium

Playing Role




Ed Rainsford was 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 developed an excellent yorker, which worked best with left-handers as his stock delivery swung 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 up 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 fulfil 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. After his return to international cricket Rainsford struggled for penetration. He remained a potent force at domestic level.
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Ed Rainsford Career Stats


List A84-397930081085/365/3627.854.5336.8410

Batting & Fielding

List A84492222631*8.3742752.9200--160
Edward Charles Rainsford

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Recent Matches of Ed Rainsford

Rhinos vs Eagles01/6509-Dec-2013HarareFC
Rhinos vs Rocks27 & 04/31 & 1/426-Feb-2013KwekweFC
Rhinos vs Tuskers2 & 9*2/9705-Feb-2013BulawayoFC
Rhinos vs Mountaineers10 & 11/16 & 3/4529-Jan-2013KwekweFC
Rhinos vs Eagles72/19 & 1/3722-Jan-2013KwekweFC

Photos of Ed Rainsford

Ed Rainsford bowls against Mashonaland Eagles
Ed Rainsford celebrates after hitting the winning runs
Ed Rainsford was the Player of the Match for taking 4 for 23
Ed Rainsford seals the win with a last-ball six
Edward Rainsford appeals for an lbw
Ed Rainsford congratulates Vusi Sibanda on his double hundred