County mourns the loss of Camborne cricket legend Raymond Weeks

County mourns the loss of Camborne cricket legend Raymond Weeks

County mourns the loss of Camborne cricket legend Raymond Weeks

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The funeral of the former Camborne, St Gluvias, Cornwall and Warwickshire cricketer Raymond Weeks will take place at Camborne Parish Church on Friday December 20th at 2.00pm. 

He has died at his Camborne home, aged 83. The service will be conducted by Camborne CC President, the Revd Mark Richards.

Raymond was one of  the original 'Gerry Boys.’  As a slow left arm bowler he was a integral part of the Camborne side that dominated Cornish Cricket in the 1960's, when they won the title in six of seven seasons. His brothers John and Austin were also members of the team.

Ray had previously enjoyed eight first-class seasons at Warwickshire, during which time he played against such names as Denis Compton, Len Hutton, Peter May and Frank Tyson.  

His last game for Camborne was in September 1968 against the Touring International Cricket Crusaders at Roskear, whose side included John Edrich, ‘Pasty’ Harris, Basil D’Oliveria, Jim Parks and Fred Trueman.

Camborne were strengthened somewhat and included legends Geoff Boycott, Clive Lloyd, Gary Sobers and Lance Gibbs. Raymond finished his playing career with six seasons at St Gluvias.

He made his Cornwall debut as a seventeen year old in 1947 and played 13 games in the 1947 & 48 seasons. He played a further 17 games between 1960 and 1965. He made 655 runs with a highest score of 61 against Wiltshire at Penzance in 1962. He took 72 wickets at 20.94 with a best of 6-74 against Devon at United Services, Plymouth in 1948.

His first class debut followed in 1950 and he took 4-33 against Kent at Edgbaston on his county championship debut. In 1951 he was capped and was one of the leading wicket takers in the country, taking 94 wickets including a career best 7-70 against Notts at Trent Bridge.

He played for the MCC against County Champions Surrey in May 1953 at Lord’s and, along with Warwickshire colleague Tom Cartwright,  was regarded an England prospect at the time. 

The  game featured no fewer than 14 players  that were either, or became, England Test players. He ended his first class career in 1957 after 107 appearances. He made 1051 runs with a highest score of 51 and took 236 wickets at an average of 26.26. While at Warwickshire he also played in 44 Minor County Championship games for their second XI.

Raymond remained a modest man, reluctant to talk about past glories, but will always be remembered as one of Camborne's greatest ever players. 

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