Basil Rought-Rought

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Basil Rought-Rought
Personal information
Full name Basil William Rought-Rought
Born (1904-09-15)15 September 1904
Brandon, Suffolk, England
Died 27 October 1995(1995-10-27) (aged 91)
Brandon, Suffolk, England
Batting style Left-handed
Relations Rodney Rought-Rought (brother)
Desmond Rought-Rought (brother)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1937–1938 Minor Counties
1926–1948 Norfolk
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 4
Runs scored 229
Batting average 28.62
100s/50s –/2
Top score 61
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 3/–
Source: Cricinfo, 15 August 2012

Basil William Rought-Rought (15 September 1904 – 27 October 1995) was an English cricketer. Rought-Rought was a left-handed batsman. He was born at Brandon, Suffolk.

Rought-Rought made his debut for Norfolk against Hertfordshire in the 1926 Minor Counties Championship. He made 123 appearances in the Minor Counties Championship for Cheshire before World War II.[1] He made his debut in first-class cricket in 1933 for HDG Leveson Gower's XI against Oxford University at The Saffrons, Eastbourne, with him making a further first-class appearance in that season for the team at the same venue against Cambridge University.[2] He scored 129 runs in his two matches, which a high score of 61 against Cambridge University.[3][4] Playing minor counties cricket for Norfolk allowed Rought-Rought to be selected to play for a combined Minor Counties cricket team, with him making his debut for the team in a first-class match against the touring New Zealanders in 1937 at the Rose Brothers Ground, Gainsborough. He made a further first-class appearance for the team in 1938 against Oxford University at the University Parks.[2] In his two first-class matches for the team, he scored 100 runs, with a high score of 50 against the New Zealanders.[2][5]

He served during World War II in the Royal Norfolk Regiment, holding the rank of Lieutenant in 1940. He was captured in France in 1940, spending most the war as a Prisoner of War. He attempted to escape captivity, but was unsuccessful on his first attempt. In 1945, he made a second attempt at escaping captivity, this time succeeding in his escape and returning to England.[6] Following World War II, Rought-Rought returned to playing minor counties cricket for Norfolk, making sixteen further appearances, the last of which came against Buckinghamshire in 1948.[1] His brothers, Rodney and Desmond, both played first-class cricket. He died at the place of his birth on 27 October 1995.


  1. ^ a b "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Basil Rought-Rought". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "First-Class Matches played by Basil Rought-Rought". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Basil Rought-Rought". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "HDG Leveson-Gower's XI v Cambridge University, 1933". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Minor Counties v New Zealanders, 1937". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Brandon at War". Retrieved 15 August 2012. 

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