|Full name||Robin James Boyd-Moss|
16 December 1959 |
Hatton, Sri Lanka
|Batting style||Right Handed|
|Bowling style||Left Arm Slow orthodox|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 30 July 2009|
Robin James Boyd-Moss (born 16 December 1959 in Hatton, Sri Lanka) was a Sri Lankan born English professional Cricketer who started his career with Bedfordshire in the Minor Counties League, before playing First Class cricket for Northamptonshire.
Boyd-Moss's finest achievement is arguably his Partnership with Geoff Cook in 1986, in which they scored 344 runs, breaking the Northamptonshire record for the highest ever second wicket partnership. Boyd-Moss was a one club man, but his career was relatively short thanks to a series of untimely setbacks; In 1984 (his first full season at the club) he broke a thumb while playing, and then contracted Hepatitis; A year later, back problems kept him out of action until mid-June; Centuries against Lancashire and Glamorgan set him up for a successful season in 1986, only for form to drop in the closing weeks of the season; And it was fitness problems that restricted him to only half a dozen matches in 1987 - This triggered his decision to move his life in another direction. Boyd-Moss's premature departure from the sport was particularly disappointing taking into account the glimpses of his considerable talent that he displayed. In 1982, Boyd-Moss and Kapil Dev hit 182 runs off of Derbyshire's front line bowlers in just 98 minutes, speeding up their declaration, leading ultimately to an emphatic victory. Kapil Dev may have already been established as one of the leading all-rounder's in Test Cricket at the time, but in this match Boyd-Moss had hit 137 in the first innings, following up with an unbeaten 80 in the second, matching his more illustrious batting partner shot for shot. He ended that season with 1,602 first-class runs at an average of 44.50, earning the County some new video equipment as the Commercial Union Young Batsman of the Year. After the 1983 season, people were starting to talk about Boyd-Moss becoming the future Northamptonshire captain, and in 1984 he was awarded his County cap. But 4 years later he shocked everyone with his announcement that he was retiring. After he retired, Boyd-Moss settled in Kenya where he ran a garage business and car hire.