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Peter Sainsbury

Peter James Sainsbury, (born at Chandler's Ford, Hampshire on 13 June 1934), is a retired cricketer who played for Hampshire from 1954 to 1976 and the Marylebone Cricket Club from 1955 to 1960. Sainsbury was a right-handed middle-order batsman and a slow left-arm bowler. He was a regular in Hampshire's team for 22 seasons from 1955 to 1976, when he retired. That period coincided with the county's most successful time in first-class cricket: Hampshire won the County Championship for the first time in 1961 and did it again in 1973. Sainsbury was the only player who featured in both teams, and he was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in the 1974 edition of the almanack. After a few games for both Hampshire and the first-class Combined Services team in 1954, Sainsbury was a big success in his first full season in 1955, taking 102 wickets and scoring 586 runs. He was picked for the MCC "A" tour to Pakistan in 1955-56 and played in two of the four representative matches. But in an era when England's spin bowling options included Tony Lock, Fred Titmus, Ray Illingworth and Derek Underwood, this was as close as he came to Test cricket.

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