Saturday, February 18

Peter Edward Richardson (1931-2017) Test Cap No: 382

Full name Peter Edward Richardson
Born July 4, 1931, Hereford
Died February 17, 2017 (aged 85 years 228 days)
Major teams England, Kent, Worcestershire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm bowler

Peter Edward Richardson was an English cricketer, who played for Worcestershire, Kent and, in 34 Tests, for England.Colin Bateman, the one-time Daily Express cricket correspondent, noted, "Peter Richardson was one of cricket's great characters although you would never have guessed it watching him bat". Bateman added "yet off the field he was a one-man entertainment show, particularly when the troops were stuck in some up-country billet in India. His sense of humour and sharp mind enlivened many a dull official function to the delight of his team-mates. His love of a prank continued after his playing days with outrageous letters from fictitious Colonel Blimps to The Daily Telegraph.

A left-handed opening batsman, Richardson played as an amateur for Worcestershire and was a near-instant success on his arrival as a regular in the side in 1952. Four years later, he had a similarly quick impact in his first Test series, the 1956 Ashes series, scoring 81 and 73 in his first match, and following it up with 104 at Old Trafford in a match famous for Jim Laker's 19 wickets. He went on to score 491 Test runs that year, the most in the world. He was first choice opener for England for a further two home series, but then had a poor series in Australia in 1958–59, when England lost the Ashes comprehensively.

In the summer of 1958, Richardson announced that he wanted to become a professional and to move to Kent; Worcestershire opposed the move, and Richardson was effectively barred from competitive cricket in the batsman's summer of 1959, losing his Test place too while he waited to qualify for his new county.[2] By the time he resumed his county career in 1960, other left-handed opening batsmen, such as Geoff Pullar and Raman Subba Row, had moved ahead of him in the competition for England places.Richardson played on for Kent until 1965, when he retired from the game. He toured Pakistan and India in 1961–62, batting mostly down the order, but played only one further Test match in England, in 1963 against the West Indies, when he made only 2 and 14 against a bowling attack spearheaded by Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith.

Richardson's two brothers also played first-class cricket. Dick Richardson was a middle-order batsman for Worcestershire and played one Test, alongside Peter Richardson, for England in 1957. The cricket writer, Colin Bateman, noted "Dick Richardson's Test career was brief but historic. When he played in the same team as his more famous brother, Peter, at Trent Bridge in 1957 against the West Indies, it was the first time... [in the 20th century] of siblings appearing in the same team for England".His other brother, Bryan, was an occasional player for Warwickshire.Peter Richardson was one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1957.Richardson died on 16 February 2016, aged 85.

Peter Richardson, the former Worcestershire and Kent batsman who played 34 Tests for England, has died aged 85.
Richardson was brought into the England side at opener in 1956 after the retirement of Len Hutton and made scores of 81 and 73 on debut against Australia. His maiden hundred came in the fourth Test at Old Trafford as England retained the Ashes.He went on to score five hundreds in his first 16 Tests but lost his place after a poor tour of Australia in 1958-59 and only featured sporadically thereafter.

In the 1957 Trent Bridge Test against West Indies, he played alongside his brother, Dick - they were the last brothers to represent England before the Hollioakes in 1997. Their other sibling, Bryan, also played occasionally for Warwickshire.An amateur with Worcestershire, where he was named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1957, he moved to Kent in 1959 and took up professional status. He made 1000 runs in a season on 11 occasions (four times passing 2000) during a 16-year career

Test debut England v Australia at Nottingham, Jun 7-12, 1956
Last Test England v West Indies at Birmingham, Jul 4-9, 1963
First-class span 1949 - 1965
List A span 1963 - 1965