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Cricket historian Rayvern Allen dies

David Rayvern Allen
David Rayvern Allen

Cricket historian, archivist and Member of MCC's Arts & Library committee David Rayvern Allen has died after a battle with cancer at the age of 76.

Rayvern Allen was a prolific author, writing, compiling, editing and contributing to 43 books, the vast majority of which were on the subject of cricket.

He served on the Arts & Library committee between 1999 and 2011 and between 2012 to his death last Thursday.

Arguably his biggest contribution to MCC was starting the Club's Audio Archive Project, which since 2003 has accumulated more than 250 interviews with current and former cricketers, fans and administrators.

Rayvern Allen conducted many of the interviews himself, including the first ever entry to the archive with Sir Alec Bedser.

He continued to contribute to the archive up to his death, interviewing the Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan prior to the MCC v Rest of the World match in July this summer.

Away from cricket Rayvern Allen was a producer at the BBC, working on programmes across the network and becoming Chief Producer in the late 1980s.

He was also a talented musician, playing piano, cello and oboe in the REME staff band during his national service, and later earning diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Drama and Music.

Originally from south London, his early exposure to cricket came watching Surrey at the Oval.

He is survived by his wife Rosemary and daughters Lindsey and Briony, who both work in theatre.

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