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Ray East
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Ray East

England
Ray East

Full Name

Raymond Eric East

Born

June 20, 1947, Manningtree, Essex

Age

73y 307d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

Other

Coach

TEAMS

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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50sCtSt
FC410517112717811317.721222560
List A2801635911395410.95011180
Bowling
FormatMatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveSR4w5w10w
FC410659892621010198/3025.7264.704910
List A2801098266172696/186/1824.5940.80450

Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1965 - 1984
List A Matches
Span
1966 - 1993

Photos


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