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The Roebuck File (1990)

Taken from Peter Roebuck’s Benefit Year Brochure in 1990 when he was playing for Somerset County Cricket Club, here are facts about Peter Roebuck’s career to that date.

England XI in Holland August 1889

Peter Roebuck leading England XI in Holland August 1989. The England team: L-R: Base, Watkin, Capel, Stewart, Stephenson, Pringle, Stewart, Lush, Roebuck (Capt), Watkinson, Hussain, Bailey, Thomas and Medlycott.


NamePeter Roebuck.
Date of birth and birthplace06/03/1956, Oxford.
Occupation(s)Cricketer, writer.
EducationPark School Preparatory Bath, Millfield, Cambridge University.
Height6 ft, 1 inch.
Weight13.5 stone.
Earliest cricketing memoryPlaying my own test matches with a plastic ball in a Bath yard next door to some spiritualists who mistook the banging for messages from their late and lamented relations.
Family background in cricketMother kept wicket for Oxford University ladies. Father, like everyone else in Manchester, went to Old Trafford to watch Washbrook. Sister captained Oxford University ladies. Brother Paul played for Gloucestershire and Glamorgan.
Junior sidesSomerset Under 15 to Under 19. Successful captain of Hubert Doggart's England Public Schools' XI two years running, with Vic Marks in the team.
Club sidesLansdown, Bath, Street, Taunton.
Somerset 2nd XI debutAged 13, 1969 August, v Devon at lnstow. Took a wicket in first over; youngest debutant.
Somerset 1st XI debut1974 Weston-super-Mare v Warwickshire. Scored 46 opening the batting with Derek Taylor.
County cap1978.
First-class centuries scored28 (for Somerset) + 2 (for Cambridge University).
Maiden century146 Cambridge University v Glamorgan.
One-day centuries5.
Best bowling6-50 Cambridge University v Kent (Canterbury) 1977.
Best one-day bowling3-23 Somerset v Derbyshire at Derby in 1989 (R.A.L.).
Career record to date55 wkts (av. 49.01), 28 wkts (av. 51.07) for Somerset. All first class 300 matches - 495 innings - 75 n.o. - 15,585 runs - av. 36.93; 1,000 runs in Season (8) - 151 catches. Somerset 271 matches - 442 innings - 68 no. - 14,245 runs - av. 38.08; 1,000 runs in Season (8) - 135 catches. Highest score 221* v Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1986. Captain of Somerset in 60 matches. One day matches (Som.) 244 matches - 229 innings - 31 n.o. - 6,064 runs - Av. 30.62; 22 wkts (av. 17.27) - 53 catches. One day matches (Oxford & Cambridge) 11 matches - 11 innings - 0 n.o. - 173 runs - av. 15.73; 0 wickets - 10 catches. Highest score 120 v Combined Universities at Taunton in 1987. Captain of Somerset in 52 matches.
Best innings played:
1st classWeston 1988 v Surrey, 48 not out to win the match.
One daySouthampton 1987 v Hampshire Benson & Hedges. Record partnership of 269 between M. Crowe (155*) and P. Roebuck (110*).
Best first-class innings seen (when playing in same match)Martin Crowe v Leicestershire, June 1984, Taunton. He scored 190 not out.
Best innings seen (inc. 1-day cricket) (when playing in same match)Sunil Gavaskar v Middlesex, 17 May 1980 - 123 at Taunton, B&H zonal match.
Favourite batsman:
PastMajid Khan.
CurrentSteve Waugh.
Most respected pastGeorge Headley.
CurrentMartin Crowe.
Most respected bowlers:
FastRichard Hadlee/Malcolm Marshall (inseparable).
MediumTom Cartwright.
SlowBishen Bedi.
Most respected in the game's historyS. F. Barnes.
Most feared bowlers:
FastSylvester Clarke.
Medium/FastJohn Lever.
SlowDerek Underwood (on a wet wicket).
Favourite groundTaunton.
AwayTrent Bridge, Nottingham.
Most memorable matchesSomerset v Glamorgan at Bath 1983 J.P.L. (scratch side).
Personal1979 v Northants at Lord's Gillette Cup Final (for the occasion).
Team1978 v Essex at Taunton Gillette Cup Semi-Final (for the match's quality and excitement).
Best Somerset XI (excluding overseas players) (players I have played with)Roebuck, Rose, Popplewell, Tavare, Close, Botham, Marks, Taylor, Cartwright, Mallenden, Moseley.
Best cricketing memoryWorld Cup Final 1988 Calcutta.
Worst cricketing memory1978 The Lost Weekend.
Players particularly admiredViv Richards, Martin Crowe.
Most respected captainKeith Fletcher.
Most enjoyable seasons1979; 1984 and 1987.
Biggest disappointmentThe decline of Somerset cricket after 1981.
Opinions on cricketWe must bring vigour and aggression into our cricket by stopping the softness in our cricketing attitudes.
Remaining ambitions in cricketPlaying for England; winning the championship with Somerset.
RelaxationsMusic, videos of Yes Prime Minister, talking to friends, writing, reading.
Favourite foodMild Indian food.
Favourite drinkAntipodean dry white wine.
LikesFriendship, fresh experiences in fresh places.
DislikesCon-men; pomposity, patrician arrogance.
MusicFauré; Dylan; Joni Mitchell; Bach; Springsteen.
Most respected cricket writersJohn Woodcock; Ray Robinson (Australian); Roland Bowen (Aust.); Ric Sissons (Aust.); George Birley (Aust).
OthersLlosa; P. G. Woodhouse; Ackroyd; Shakespeare; David Nobbs.
Overseas countries played inAustralia; West Indies; Sudan; Holland; Fiji.
Biggest influences on cricketR. J. O. Meyer, Roy Kerslake.
Favourite player:
PastKen Barrington
CurrentAllan Border
Boyhood cricketing memoriesBill Alley bowling to Derek Morgan (Derbys.) at the Bath Festival in the l960's.
Fielding positionWherever Tav. puts me! (The River stand is now vacant after Vic's retirement!)
CarRenault from The Bridgwater Motor Co.
What do you intend to do after playing cricket?Wander round the world for a year; open up a school; do some writing.
Other sports playedTennis; soccer; surfing; swimming; general fitness work.
Other sports followedBath Rugby; athletics; Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
Given the choice, what would you do on a day off?Go exploring the countryside hills.