Rory Hamilton-Brown

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Rory James Hamilton-Brown
Personal information
Full name Rory James Hamilton-Brown
Born (1987-09-03) 3 September 1987 (age 29)
St John's Wood, London, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Domestic team information
Years Team
2005–2007 Surrey
2007–2009 Sussex
2010–2012 Surrey
2011–2012 Mashonaland Eagles
2013–2014 Sussex (squad no. 27)
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 73 83 93
Runs scored 3,841 1,720 1,536
Batting average 32.55 24.92 18.28
100s/50s 8/18 2/7 0/4
Top score 171* 115 87*
Balls bowled 1,002 1,266 550
Wickets 11 32 37
Bowling average 56.72 37.84 18.97
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 2/5 3/28 4/15
Catches/stumpings 43/– 32/– 32/–
Source: CricketArchive, 7 January 2015

Rory James Hamilton-Brown (born 3 September 1987, in St John's Wood, London), is a former English cricketer who last played for Sussex. Previously, he was captain of Surrey until August 2012. Playing primarily as a right-handed batsman, he was also an occasional off spin bowler.

Early life[edit]

Hamilton-Brown was born in Wellington Hospital, St John's Wood, London. He was educated at Dulwich College Preparatory School and Millfield School, where he played both rugby union and cricket to a high standard.

Domestic career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He first appeared for the Surrey 2nd XI aged just 16 and made his first class debut in 2005 against Bangladesh A but failed to make an impact with the bat, gaining scores of 5 and 9.[1]

On 17 September 2007 he was released by Surrey at his own request [2] and joined County Champions Sussex.

In the 2009 Twenty20 Cup quarter final against Warwickshire Hamilton-Brown won the man of the match award thanks to an innings of 27 and four wickets for 15 runs. He celebrated his maiden first-class century scoring 171 not out against Yorkshire on 18 September 2009.

Return to Surrey[edit]

On 24 December 2009, it was announced that Hamilton-Brown would be returning to his home county of Surrey as captain in a three-year deal.[3] His former Sussex captain and current Surrey manager Chris Adams had personally flown to South Africa, where Hamilton-Brown had been playing for the England performance squad. Upon signing him, Adams appointed Hamilton-Brown as captain, thereby making him the youngest captain in the current English county circuit.[3][4]

In 2010 he scored 844 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 30.14, including two centuries. He also made his maiden century in a List A match, whilst scoring 478 runs at 43.45. The following season he passed one thousand runs in first-class cricket for the first time, with 1039 at an average of 37.10, with one century.[5][6]

Surrey had a mediocre season in 2010 under his captaincy, but in 2011 they achieved promotion to the first division of the County Championship and also won the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition. In the final he scored 78 in 62 balls.[7]

Following the death of his Surrey teammate Tom Maynard in June 2012, whom Hamilton-Brown shared a house with and had known since the two attended Millfield School, he took an extended break from the game on compassionate grounds, handing the captaincy over to Gareth Batty.[8] In August Hamilton-Brown resumed playing, but announced that he was relinquishing the captaincy.[9] It was subsequently announced that he would be leaving Surrey, the club having given him permission to find another county even though he had two years left on his contract.[10]

Second Spell at Sussex[edit]

Hamilton-Brown re-signed for Sussex on 28 September 2012. Hamilton-Brown said: 'Losing my best friend Tom in June was indescribably painful. We were extremely close but ultimately I know I will emerge from this awful tragedy with renewed strength and purpose. 'I am delighted to be returning to Sussex, a club where I was previously very happy. I would like to thank Mark Robinson, his coaching staff, the players, management and board at Sussex for welcoming me back so warmly. 'There is nothing like feeling wanted to raise spirits and I fully intend to repay the confidence they have shown in me.' Robinson, Sussex's cricket manager, said of Hamilton-Brown: 'He is a very talented cricketer who is yet to reach his full potential, which makes him such an exciting and dangerous player.'[11]


Hamilton-Brown retired from cricket on 1 March 2015, after failing to recover from a wrist injury that sidelined him for much of the 2014 season.[12]

International career[edit]

He was set to lead England U-19 for the 2006-07 winter tour of Malaysia, but was unable to because he required shoulder surgery.[13] In August 2007, he was stripped of the England Under-19 captaincy after allegedly drinking alcohol the night before a match. However, this decision was overturned by the ECB.[14]


  1. ^ "Surrey v Bangladesh A" Cricinfo 2005-08-12. Retrieved on 2008-07-22
  2. ^ "Surrey release Hamilton-Brown". Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b David Hopps (24 December 2009). "Surrey secure Rory Hamilton-Brown as their new skipper". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  4. ^ David Hopps (11 December 2009). "Chris Adams pleads with Rory Hamilton-Brown to return to Surrey". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  5. ^ First-class batting and fielding in each season by Rory Hamilton-Brown Retrieved 6 July 20123
  6. ^ List A batting and fielding by Rory Hamilton-Brown Retrieved 6 July 2012
  7. ^ The Guardian: "Rory Hamilton-Brown steers Surrey to CB40 final win against Somerset" Retrieved 6 July
  8. ^ Hopps, David (3 July 2012). "Hamilton-Brown takes indefinite leave". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rory Hamilton-Brown stands down as Surrey captain". BBC. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rory Hamilton-Brown: Former captain set for Surrey exit". BBC. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Hamilton-Brown returns to Sussex after traumatic season at Surrey". Daily Mail. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Rory Hamilton-Brown: Sussex batsman retires with wrist injury". 1 March 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2016 – via 
  13. ^ "England lose Hamilton-Brown as captain". Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Hamilton-Brown reinstated by embarrassed ECB". Retrieved 25 November 2016. 

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