Peter Sainsbury’s bowled left-arm spin and took a whopping 1316 wickets Photo Courtesy: Ageaswickets


Jul 13, 2014

Former Hampshire all-rounder Peter Sainsbury, whose left-arm and spin and useful batting led to his county’s dominant phase in its history in the 1960’s and early 70’s passed away on 12th June. He celebrated his 80th birthday barely a month ago on June 13. Sainsbury played for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) too and won the leading all-rounder in English first class cricket award in 1971. His highest point however, was being named as the Wisden player of the year in 1974.


In a First-Class career that spanned more than two decades, Sainsbury played a jaw-dropping 618 matches and finished with a whopping 1316 wickets to his name at 24.14 a piece. He also stacked up 20, 176 runs albeit at a moderate average of 26.86. Undoubtedly a Hampshire legend, Sainsbury’s best years of his career coincided with that of some of the legendary names of English cricket such as Tony Lock, Ray Illingworth and Derek Underwood. Subsequently, that kept him on the peripheries of the playing XI. Sainsbury’s death will be a big loss to the surviving household names of the yesteryear’s.