Ollie Rayner

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Ollie Rayner
Personal information
Full name Oliver Philip Rayner
Born (1985-11-01) 1 November 1985 (age 31)
Walsrode, Soltau-Fallingbostel, Germany
Nickname Mervin, Rocket
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–2011 Sussex
2011 Middlesex (on loan)
2011–present Middlesex (squad no. 2)
FC debut 18 May 2006 Sussex v Sri Lankans
LA debut 4 June 2006 Sussex v Kent
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 118 60 71
Runs scored 2,805 500 343
Batting average 21.74 22.72 12.70
100s/50s 2/12 0/1 0/0
Top score 143* 61 41*
Balls bowled 18,172 2,292 1,323
Wickets 266 53 41
Bowling average 32.43 37.15 39.51
5 wickets in innings 10 0 1
10 wickets in match 1 n/a n/a
Best bowling 8/46 4/35 5/18
Catches/stumpings 158/– 32/– 17/–
Source: CricketArchive, 6 March 2017

Oliver Philip Rayner (born 1 November 1985) is a German-born English cricketer. He is a right-arm off break bowler and right-handed batsman who currently plays for Middlesex.


Rayner represented the Sussex first-team since 2006, having been an occasional part of the Second XI team since his debut in 2002.

Rayner hit a century in the first match of his first-class career, against the touring Sri Lankan cricket team, becoming the first Sussex player to do so for 86 years.[1] In spite of this strong start, the beginning of his County Championship career was shaky, though he put in an occasional good spell with the ball.

Generally speaking, Rayner occupied the lower order, while working on the reliability and consistency of his batting.


Rayner joined the Middlesex County Cricket Club on loan for the start of the 2011 season until mid-May.[2]

In August 2011, Rayner returned to Middlesex on loan for the remainder of the season.[3]

Rayner, then aged 25, hit 266 runs and took 11 wickets in eight County Championship games for Middlesex during 2011.

On 11 October, the all-rounder signed on a three-year deal after he impressed with his previous two loan spells.[4]

In the 2013 season, Rayner took 46 wickets at an average of 22.0,[5] lifting him into some discussion of landing a place in the England Lions cricket team.[6]

On 21 January 2014, Rayner was called up to the England Lions Squad for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka. He replaced the injured Simon Kerrigan who would be monitored with the possibility of him joining the squad later on in the tour if his condition improved.[7]


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