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Peter Cranmer

Peter Cranmer
File:Peter Cranmer 1947.jpg
Peter Cranmer in 1947
Personal information
Full name Peter Cranmer
Born (1914-09-10)10 September 1914
Acocks Green, Birmingham, England
Died 29 May 1994(1994-05-29) (aged 79)
Peacehaven, Sussex, England
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
1934-1954 Warwickshire
Source: CricketArchive, 24 June 1959
Peter Cranmer
Full name Peter Cranmer
School St Edward's School, Oxford
University Christ Church College, Oxford
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre three-quarter
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Moseley Rugby Football Club[1]
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1934-1938[2] England 16 Tries (1); Pen (1); Drop (2)

Peter Cranmer (10 September 1914 – 29 May 1994) was an English sportsman who captained Warwickshire in first-class cricket and earlier in his career represented England at rugby union. After World War II he gave up on rugby and focused purely on cricket.


While primarily a specialist batsman, Cranmer was also a decent medium pace bowler. His highest score at first-class level was made for Warwickshire in his first year, an innings of 113 versus Northamptonshire at Edgbaston.[3] Although he went to Christ Church, Oxford, he did not play cricket for the university side.

Cranmer, a Major, served with the military during the war and spent time in both Burma and Egypt. He ended up at India in 1944 and appeared in a cricket match for the Europeans team. Cranmer also performed particularly well with the ball in a first-class match for the Bengal Governor's XI when he took 7 for 52 against Services XI at Eden Gardens.[4]

He had been appointed captain of Warwickshire in 1938 and remained in the role until 1947 before he retired, citing business commitments. One of his final innings as captain was in a match against the touring South Africans when he made 101 runs.[5]


Cranmer was capped for England 16 times and took part in their Triple Crown winning Home Nations Championship campaigns of 1934 and 1937. A centre three-quarter, he also captained his country twice. In 1936 he was a member of the English team which defeated New Zealand for the first time and helped to set up Alexander Obolensky's famous tries.[6]

Later life

After leaving cricket, Cranmer became a journalist and worked with BBC Midlands. He commentated on two Test Matches for Test Match Special, one in 1965 and one in 1968.[7] Illness caused him to retire from his job in 1976 and he began to use a wheelchair when he had both legs amputated. He died in 1994 at his home town of Peacehaven, Sussex.[8]


David Goodyear, 'Tiz All Accordin' - The Life Of Peter Cranmer, Brewin Books, 2000, ISBN 1-85858-153-2.


External links

  • Peter Cranmer at Cricket Archive

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