Rory Hamilton-Brown

Rory Hamilton-Brown

Rory Hamilton-Brown

Full Name

Rory James Hamilton-Brown


September 03, 1987, Wellington Hospital, London


34y 43d



Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak




Millfield School


It might have been his double-barrelled name, his carefree approach to the game, his prominent cheekbones or the fact that he was handpicked to become - at 22 - Surrey's youngest captain for 138 years but life appeared too easy for Rory Hamilton-Brown. Then, the death of close friend Tom Maynard on a railway line near Wimbledon in June 2012 drew a cloud over his career that he never recovered from. A wrist injury forced him to retire aged just 27.

Following Maynard's death, it was unclear whether Hamilton-Brown would remain in cricket. He sought solace at his first county, Sussex, who he joined on a three-year contract for the 2013 season. Rewards did not come easily in his first two years, leaving him with a sizeable challenge to rediscover a fulfilling and successful career. But a wrist injury in the middle of the 2014 campaign required surgery and Hamilton-Brown was ultimately unable to recover.

A crisp-hitting middle-order batsman and steady offspin bowler Hamilton-Brown was a gifted cricketer who was tipped for international honours by those taken by his cavalier style. He was a controversial choice when Chris Adams, Surrey's coach, recruited him from Sussex to take charge. Faced with a dressing room packed with volatile and sceptical pros his first job was to win support. That he did with a steady first season and in 2011, Hamilton-Brown led Surrey to both the 40-over title and promotion to Division One of the Championship with a strong late-season surge.

That was enough to settle questions about his leadership. The captaincy did, by his own assessment, set his batting back a touch but he remained a positive strokemaker, ever keen to take the aggressive route. He blossomed as a limited-overs opener and was also starting to prosper in the middle-order in four-day cricket before tragic circumstances set him back.

Hamilton-Brown, another product of Millfield School, also played rugby union for Harlequins and England juniors. But cricket is where his pedigree lies. His godfather is Dennis Amiss and Hamilton-Brown has been associated with Surrey throughout his formative years. He made his Second XI debut in 2004 as a 16-year-old, scoring 84 against Sussex. Sensing limited opportunities in a Surrey side that was packed with gnarled seniors, Hamilton-Brown first moved to Sussex in 2008 where he grew under Adams' guidance before rejoining his mentor at Surrey.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A83723172011524.921586108.4427320
List A8312661211323/283/2837.845.7339.50000

Recent Matches - Player

Sussex vs Middlesex17--27-Jun-2014HoveT20
Sussex vs Durham1 & 70/622-Jun-2014Chester-le-StreetFC
Sussex vs Kent12--20-Jun-2014CanterburyT20
Sussex vs Yorkshire45 & 620/916-Jun-2014ArundelFC
Sussex vs Somerset1--15-Jun-2014ArundelT20


Rory Hamilton-Brown was one of five wickets for Lewis Gregory
Rory Hamilton-Brown is bowled by Kane Williamson for 20
Rory Hamilton-Brown gets sent on his way
Rory Hamilton-Brown lofts down the ground
Rory Hamilton-Brown was caught behind for a rapid 73
Rory Hamilton-Brown reverse sweeps