Thursday 22 February 2007 

Barry Richards Proposed As President Of Hampshire

The legendary South African opening batsman, Barry Richards, will be proposed as President of Hampshire Cricket at the meeting of the Hampshire Cricket Members Club on 23rd April 2007.

The single nominee for the position, Richards would serve as President for a two year period. Although now based in Australia, Barry would attend The Rose Bowl whenever his itinerary allowed and is planning his first visit as President in May.

Barry Richards played for Hampshire CCC for a decade between the years of 1968 and 1978. He formed a prolific opening partnership for many years with West Indian batsman Gordon Greenidge. During his career Richards scored 28 358 first-class runs, at an average of 54.7, including 80 centuries. Richards’ International career was abbreviated by South Africa’s exile from World Cricket in 1970. He exploded onto the International arena in early 1970, scoring 508 runs at an average of 72.57 in four Test matches against Australia. His significant contribution resulted in a 4-0 series win for South Africa. Richards was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1969.

The position of President of Hampshire Cricket has been vacant since the untimely death of Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie last March. Barry Richards is a universally accepted nominee by both the Hampshire Cricket Members Club and the Board of Hampshire Cricket Ltd.

Barry Richards commented “I would be happy to fulfil any role that fits in with the needs of the Club and it would be an honour to be President. I am very flattered to have been asked”.

Hampshire Cricket Chairman, Rod Bransgrove, added “Barry is one of the great legends of Hampshire Cricket who has taken a keen interest in our development in recent years. He would undoubtedly inspire and motivate us all whilst providing experience and thoughtful advice”.

David Robinson, Chairman of the Hampshire Cricket Members Club stated, “The name of Barry Richards was unanimously welcomed by the Committee. We believe his nomination will be similarly welcomed by the members.”