Allendale Cricket Club’s record-breaking batsman Tim Raglan has been crowned batsman of the year in the Wisden cricket magazine’s annual awards. 

The renowned cricketing publication recognises the standout performers from club cricket throughout the country, following nominations by readers. 

First team skipper Raglan topped off a summer of impressive performances by smashing the record for most runs scored in a season in the West Tyne league - a competition which has been running for 114 seasons. 

Top scoring with 162 not out, he scored an overall total of 1,592 runs, hitting 10 centuries over the course of the season with an average of 106. 

His fine form continued with the ball, as he took a club best 32 wickets over the season.

The Wisden cricket publication is often seen as a cricketing bible by avid players and fans. 

Tim said: “I’m in awe at the fact I was even considered. It’s awesome, I was shocked when Wisden contacted me. 

“Once I scored my second hundred, I was in the right place and mindset to rack up more.”

 In a bid to improve his game, Tim went above and beyond last year.
“I spent last winter in Perth, Australia, where I changed my batting technique but also my whole outlook on the game,” he said. 

It was there that he received expert advice from former Sussex and Zimbabwe international, Murray Goodwin. 

And he’s hoping to continue his record breaking form into next season with his local club Allendale. 

Tim added: “I’m hopeful Allendale will be granted permission to play in the Northumberland and Tyneside league as I will be able to improve my game at a higher standard.

“I also hope to make my debut for the Northumberland county team, which will help my game develop even further.”

But despite also being Allendale’s leading wicket taker, he remains fully focused on his batting. 

As a reward of his batsman of the year accolade, Raglan will receive a year-long subscription to the Wisden cricket monthly magazine.