Squad Number - 44
Player Sponsor - Churchgate Auctions
Born - Sunderland, County Durham, September 14, 1991
Joined - Leicestershire 2013
Role - Left-hand batsman, right arm medium-fast bowler
Teams Represented - Durham, England under 19s, Leicestershire
Honours - England under 19s
Ben Raine’s Leicestershire career continues to go from strength to strength. His bowling has become a vital part of the Foxes plans in all competitions and his batting continues to develop.
The 26-year-old is a truly versatile performer; able to bat anywhere, bowl whenever required and field in a range of positions. Raine has opened the bowling in first-class cricket, bowled in the powerplay and at the death in the T20 Blast, and batted in a variety of positions.
Injuries at unfortunate times meant that Raine only played red ball cricket for Leicestershire in 2017. With the bat Raine chipped in with over 300 runs in the nine games that he played in and was the Foxes leading bowler, taking 33 wickets with best figures of 6 for 66.
Raine was consistent in 2016 and previously enjoyed a terrific 2015 season which was capped by a trio of honours at Awards Night. The all-rounder was named as Leicestershire’s Cricketer of the Year, shared the coveted Players’ Player of the Year with Clint McKay and scooped the Livingston Award for being the most improved uncapped player.
Raine passed the 50-wicket mark in the Specsavers County Championship for the first time in 2015 and was economical in white ball cricket.
In 2014, Raine’s brilliant quickfire double century at Essex helped the Second XI win the Championship to complete their unprecedented treble. He previously made a good impression in the Second XI throughout 2013 and was subsequently given his first-class debut at Glamorgan in 2013, picking up four wickets.
A link to Ben Raine's career record for Leicestershire is available HERE