Tim Ravenscroft

 

Tim                                    ICC/CricketEurope

Tim Ravenscroft was spotted by the Guernsey Cricket Association at an early age, after which he began playing age group cricket for Hampshire from the age of eleven.  Ravenscroft spent the next five years flying between Guernsey and England, however at the age of 16 he took a break from cricket to concentrate on his education, at Elizabeth College.

He first appeared for the Guernsey senior team in 2008 in a friendly against Kenya at the Sussex County Ground, Hove. Later in 2008, he played for Guernsey in the 2008 European Cricket Championship Division Two. Following his break from county cricket, Ravenscroft decided to once again pursue a career in the game in 2008, after declaring that intention he was offered a contract by Hampshire. In 2010 he briefly played Second XI cricket for Sussex, however he soon returned to Hampshire. He played further matches for Guernsey in 2010, in that seasons European Cricket Championship Division Two, as well as in 2011 in European Championship Division One Twenty20.

Following some solid performances for the Hampshire Second XI during the 2011 season, Ravenscroft made his first eleven debut in a List A match in the Clydesdale Bank 40 against Scotland. He scored just 5 runs and is the second cricketer from Guernsey to play for Hampshire, after Lee Savident who played for the county from 1997 to 2000. Ravenscroft chose to pursue a career outside of professional cricket following the 2011 season, and was released from his development contract by Hampshire in January 2012. He was selected as part of the Guernsey squad for the 2012 World Cricket League Division Five played in Singapore in February. He played all of Guernsey’s matches in the tournament, though generally struggled, posting just a single score above fifty, against the Cayman Islands.

In March 2013 Tim was announced as the vice-captain of the island side.

In June 2013 he announced his retirement from the island senior side citing personal reasons.  His immense talent will be missed but lack of motivation and willingness to play competitive cricket for his native island meant there was no place for him.

He made his debut in European matches in 2008 and played his one and only Inter-Insular game in 2010 when he scored 31. Overall he scored 510 runs in 28 innings for Guernsey, a record that falls woefully short of his outstanding ability.

 

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