Gordon Raikes

Douglas Charles Gordon Raikes

Gordon, as he was known, joined the Club before WWII as a wicket keeper batsman and was very influential in the re-establishment of the Club after WWII, captaining the 1st XI until his retirement in 1949.  He then spent 10 years as Chairman of the committee.

Gordon once hit a 6 into the score box at Tunbridge Wells which was generally considered to be the biggest hit on the ground until Kapil Dev hit a ball right out of the ground.

He presented the score box to the club in 1936 replacing “a little stained wooden box of unsightly appearance and entirely out of keeping with the design and colour of the pavilion” (local press report).