Hampshire Cricket History

Ralph Prouton RIP
September 13, 2018, 9:27 pm
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I’m sorry to report that Ralph died yesterday in Bath. While Alan Rayment is our Senior Pro, by virtue of a slightly earlier debut in 1949, and was capped, Ralph, at 92 was a couple of years older.

I will do a fuller piece, but briefly, he was one of our wicketkeepers, hoping to succeed Neil McCorkell in the early 1950s. He was at one point on the MCC groundstaff and was also on the books of Arsenal FC with Jimmy Gray, Don Roper, Arthur Milton, & Denis Compton, although he played more regularly for Swindon Town.

Prouton Holt Cannings

(L-R) Arthur Holt, Ralph Prouton, Vic Cannings

Ralph played in 52 matches for Hampshire from 1949-1954, scoring 982 runs at 14.44 with a Highest Score of 90 v Leicestershire at Portsmouth in 1953, sharing a partnership of 161 for the seventh wicket with centurion Cliff Walker. Leics were dismissed for 91, and when Ralph came in, Hampshire were 128-6. When Leics were 125-8 they were still more than 150 behind with Jack Walsh unlikely to bat, but their captain CH Palmer scored a century and they drew the game, finishing with 196-8 from 125 overs.

In his 52 matches, Ralph dismissed 97 batsmen (13 stumped).


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