Ollie Rayner

Country: Germany
Born: November 01, 1985, Fallingbostel, Germany
Height: 6ft 5in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowling Allrounder

Ollie Rayner Bio

Oliver Philip Rayner, widely known as Ollie Rayner, is a talented cricket player hailing from Germany. Standing tall and humble, Rayner has established himself as a crucial player in Middlesex’s lineup, earning a solid reputation in the cricketing world. Born and raised in Germany, Rayner’s journey in cricket began with noteworthy accomplishments and continues to inspire aspiring cricketers.

Rayner made his mark in Middlesex’s history during a Championship victory over Surrey at The Oval in September 2013. In this remarkable match, he astounded everyone with his extraordinary figures of 15-118. This impressive performance highlighted his potential and was the catalyst for his rise in the cricketing ranks.

After completing his training at the Sussex and ECB academies, Rayner signed a contract with Sussex in November 2005. Initially recognized as an offspinner, he marked his debut for Sussex by achieving a feat not seen since 1920 – scoring a century with his batting prowess against the touring Sri Lankans in 2006. Subsequently, following the retirement of the legendary Mushtaq Ahmed in 2008, Rayner took the reins as the club’s frontline spinner. His consistent performances earned him a call-up to the England Performance Squad, a significant milestone in his career.

However, his progress was momentarily slowed down as his form dipped in subsequent years. In 2009, Rayner’s performances faltered, and his subsequent season in 2010 was cut short with the arrival of Monty Panesar at Sussex. Moreover, he had to rework his bowling action after being reported for throwing.

In 2011, Rayner joined Middlesex on a loan, displaying immense potential during his stint. Impressed by his performances, Middlesex extended his contract, allowing him to flourish as a player. Though his exceptional showing at The Oval failed to serve as a springboard for national selection, he did receive a call-up to the England Lions squad for their tour of Sri Lanka.

Rayner’s bowling form experienced a slight dip in 2014, with his five Championship wickets consistently coming at a high cost. However, he bounced back the following year, showcasing his dependability in a holding role that he humorously described as “not sexy.” He admitted that, with various Championship fixtures held in early and later seasons, an England spinner’s strategy was to persevere until drier weather prevailed.

In 2016, Rayner found renewed assistance with new toss regulations, leading counties to abandon their reliance on green seamers. Although Lord’s, Middlesex’s home ground, did not offer much support to spinners, Rayner thrived in this new environment and achieved his first 50-wicket haul in the Championship. Notably, his match figures of 9-112 against Durham in August brought Middlesex their first win at Lord’s and inspired confidence in the title race. However, his season was not without mishaps, as a throw from the boundary resulted in Adam Voges sustaining a concussion, requiring hospitalization.

After Middlesex’s title victory, Rayner’s form suffered, amassing only 12 Championship wickets in 2018. He spent a brief loan spell at Hampshire, attempting to address Middlesex’s spin bowling weakness in their quest to return to Division One. However, strained relationships within the club and a perceived lack of faith shown by captain Dawid Malan led to his release at the end of 2019. At the age of 34, he decided to retire from professional cricket and transitioned into the recruitment field.

Ollie Rayner’s cricketing journey, marked by exceptional performances, challenges, and significant achievements, continues to inspire cricketers around the world. His talent, perseverance, and dedication to the sport have solidified his place in the history of Middlesex cricket.

Ollie Rayner Career Stats

Ollie Rayner Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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FC 151 201 32 3432 143* 20.3 6662 51.51 2 13 461 14 196 0
List A 61 42 19 508 61 22.08 564 90.07 0 1 53 7 32 0
T20s 71 43 16 343 41* 12.7 333 103 0 0 24 7 17 0

Ollie Rayner Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
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FC 151 238 22509 10411 313 8/46 15/118 33.26 2.77 71.9 13 10 1
List A 61 56 2346 2017 53 4/35 4/35 38.05 5.15 44.2 2 0 0
T20s 71 69 1323 1620 41 5/18 5/18 39.51 7.34 32.2 0 1 0

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