R.G. Carter 1933-2012
Everyone at Warwickshire County Cricket Club would like pass on their thoughts to the family of former player Ray Carter, who died recently.
Ray was a versatile bowler who played for Warwickshire as a seamer and off-spinner between 1951 and 1961.
Born in St Andrew’s parish near the “Blues” ground, Ray Carter, attended Billesley Secondary Modern School, joining the staff at Edgbaston in 1951 as a teenage bowler with the advantage of good height and very long arms.
He played two first-class matches in 1951, including his debut against Scotland at Edgbaston, but he did not feature in their County Championship winning side that season.
After completing his National service, he found the competition for a pace bowler’s spot in the side stiff and as a result, in the mid-1950’s, learned to bowl off-spin, causing much disagreement amongst the then coaching staff, who were split about the advisability of this change at such a late stage of Carter’s career.
Despite a well-known member of staff refusing to allow Carter to bowl his off-spin in one particular match, he persisted with the change and throughout the remainder of his career, was able to vary his mode of attack according to the relevant conditions.
He became a first team regular in 1957, with his dual form of attack, when he took 70 first-class wickets, including 5 wickets against Nottinghamshire with his pace bowling and two weeks later, his 7-57 in the second innings with off-spin, took Warwickshire to victory against Gloucestershire.
Again in 1958 when he took 81 including his best figures of 8 for 82 in a match haul of 14 for 135 against Somerset at Edgbaston and it appeared that Carter had secured his place in the side as a long-term regular
Unfortunately from 1959, he suffered a severe loss of form probably as a result of a back injury that prevented him from being regularly available. Carter was troubled by injury thereafter, and he was forced into a reluctant early retirement by this back problem following just seven first-class appearances in the 1961 season.
Carter played Birmingham League cricket for Mitchells & Butlers and later worked as the groundsman at Kings Heath, for whom he also played hockey.
Ray Carter took 243 wickets with seven 5 wicket hauls in 89 first-class matches, which included one appearance for Combined Services while on National Service with the Army in 1952. His 635 runs included a highest score of 37 against Cambridge University at Mitchells & Butler’s Ground in his farewell season.
He died on November 16th 2012.
PCA, Robert Brooke and Phil Britt