Richard Hutton

Hutton played two seasons for Radlett in 1967 and 1973. A Cambridge Blue on Yorkshire’s books, he was brought to Cobden Hill in 1967 for a handful of games by Radlett’s captain Fred Taylor, his flat-mate in London while he was finishing his chartered accountant qualifications.

When he returned for more matches with Radlett season in 1973, he had earned five England caps as an all-rounder and, at the age of 30, was one season from the end of his Yorkshire career. By club standards he could bowl very fast when necessary and he was an infallible slip fielder. With the bat he was a stylish driver of the ball and made an impact in most games he played, about 10 in total.

One of his striking attributes was a highly competitive approach to most games, but off the field he was courteous and approachable with a dry sense of humour. The 1973 side was one of the strongest in Radlett history. The season started with 13 straight victories, and Hutton only played once in that sequence before becoming available more often.

The following year Radlett became one of the founders of the Hertfordshire League, but Hutton and his family had moved away to Tunbridge Wells in Kent. He later broke off his accountancy career to serve several years as editor of The Cricketer magazine.

First Class Career