TERRY RAWLINS - HYTHE LEGEND

By web - September 18 2010

 

HYTHE & DIBDEN LEGENDS

 

Terry RAWLINS

 

Played for Hythe between 1974 - 1987

- Scoring Over 7,000 Runs For Hythe inc 4,400 League Runs

- Took Over 550 Wickets For Hythe inc 380 League Wickets

- Scored 3 League Tons - Best 113 vs Trojans

- Best League Performance - 9-16 vs Poole

- League Wkt Hauls - 1 of 9, 1 of 8, 1 of 7, 4 of 6, 8 of 5

- Without doubt the finest player to wear the Green Cap

 

Ask anyone associated with the club over the past three decades to name their all time top three Hythe players and Terry would be in there. A fine all rounder who went on to play and coach at the highest level with Totton & Eling (B.A.T Sports). George Knights described him as the most influencial player at the club during his time.

Terry joined Hythe in 1974 from Old Tauntonians who used him as a middle order batsman and change bowler. George Knights recognised he was better than this and promoted him up the order to open the innings or number 3 bat and opening bowler. Rawlins quickly became feared by many batsman around the County.

His first season 1974 - Terry scored 141 runs with the bat & took 13 wkts in County 1. He also played one game for Hampshire 2nd XI By the second season he was settled in scoring 256 runs including 57 vs AWRE and taking 29 wickets @ 14.4. Tichbourne Park suffered when he took 6-25. In 1976 - Hythe's double winning season - the County 1 title & the Sydney Wyatt Cup winners, - Terry was dominant - taking 48 wickets and scoring 545 league runs including 100* v AWRE which included 10x4's & 4x6's. He also scored 96* vs Andover. 6-58 vs Hartley Wintney was Terry's best bowling return that season but he also picked up 3 -five'fers

Hythe finished 8th in 1977 & Terry struggled slightly scoring only 167 runs & taking 15 wickets. Hythe's first season in the Southern League in 1978 saw them win only 4 games - Terry scored 143 runs & took 21 wickets despite having a back problem. During the 1979 season Terry represented the Southern League helped by his fine form for Hythe. He took 233 runs including 66* vs Havant & took 33 wkts including 9-16 vs Poole, 6-35 vs Deanery & 2- five'fers.

1980 & with David Price on board scoring freely - this spurred on Terry to do the same scoring 338 runs and taking 26 wkts. Terry scored 88 vs Southampton University and took 8-37 vs Alton & 7-20 vs Poole who must have been sick of the sight of him. 1981 Hythe won the Sydney Wyatt - Terry scoring 50 and with match figures of 4-2-6-1 rightly won the man of the match award. In the league 377 runs included 96 vs Poole & 18 wkts were contributed. 1982 was a quiet season 165 runs & 17 wkts but then in 1983 boosted by the signing of Mel Hussain - Hythe finished runners up in the Southern League despite Terry bowling spin because an injury prevented him from bowling his normal pace. He took 28 wkts inc 8-48 vs you guessed it Poole & scored 219 runs.

1984 Hythe finished 5th but Rawlins had a cracking season with the bat scoring 491 runs including two tons - 113 vs Trojans and 106 vs Winchester. He also took 17 wkts.

With several of the successful 1983 side now left the club Hythe struggled to 18th & 17th in 1985 & 86 season. Rawlins battled almost single handedly taking 34 wickets and scoring 536 runs in the process. . The 1987 season despite Hythe finishing 17th he scored a staggering 567 runs inc 6 fifty plus scores & 36 wkts which won him the Southern League Player of the Month for June & July. At the end of that season though with the club struggling to find new players - Terry moved on after 11 years with the club.

George Knights said had Terry gone to public school then without doubt he would have gone on to play for Hampshire. Knights also said Rawlins was a great clubman who was very active in the bars. As well as being a top batsman and bowler he was also a fine fielder in all positions with a tremendous throwing arm.

We know Terry went onto bigger and better things at Totton & Eling ( B.A.T Sports) but in the Hythe record books Terry Rawlins will always be a Hythe Legend and the finest player to wear the Green Cap.