Richie Berrington is a Scottish cricket player who is popular for performing well in numerous international matches for Scotland’s cricket team.
Richard Douglas Berrington Times Now was born on Friday, 3 April 1987 (age 36 years; as of 2023) in Pretoria, Transvaal Province, South Africa. His zodiac sign is Aries. He did his schooling at Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, New York. He pursued his higher education at Monroe College, New Rochelle, New York. Berrington was born in Pretoria, South Africa, but he came to live in Scotland during his childhood. During his teenage years, he used to play cricket for Scotland in different age groups, starting from under-13 to under-19. His cricket skills were so remarkable that he started playing for Scotland’s under-19 team even though he could have played for the under-17 team based on his age. When he was 18 years old, he went to India as part of the European Cricket Council Development team. Furthermore, he also took part in the International Cricket Council’s first Winter Training Camp in Pretoria.
Height (approx.): 6′ 0″
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information available about his parents and siblings.
Wife & Children
The name of his wife is not known. He had a son named Oliver in 2022.
In 2006, he joined Scotland’s team for the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, which took place in Sri Lanka. Berrington progressed through Scotland’s A team, and he made his ODI debut on 2 July 2008 against Ireland at Aberdeen. During the match against Ireland, he played a vital role by scoring the winning runs. He made his T20 debut on 2 August 2008 against Ireland in Belfast. He earned a permanent place in the Scottish team with his outstanding performances in both Twenty20 and first-class cricket. As a result, he was chosen to be part of their squad for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. At first, he had a contract that lasted from April to September 2009, but later in March 2010, he became the sixth Scottish cricketer to be offered a full-time contract with Cricket Scotland. Berrington scored centuries in crucial matches for Scotland, but his performance was not always steady which led to frustration. In June 2010, in a match against India A, he showcased remarkable batting abilities by scoring 106 runs. His exceptional performance was crucial in helping Scotland bounce back from a difficult situation of 7/64 and successfully chase the target of 277 runs in the game. In July 2011, he played a remarkable inning in a One Day International (ODI) match, scoring 56 runs from only 23 balls, which played a significant role in Scotland’s biggest successful run chase ever. Scottish captain Preston Mommsen later described this innings as one of the most unforgettable performances. On 24 July 2012, he scored an impressive 100 runs from only 56 balls in a Twenty20 International match against Bangladesh. His outstanding performance helped Scotland secure a 34-run victory. This century made him the seventh cricketer to achieve a hundred in a Twenty20 International and the first from an associate nation. Furthermore, his exceptional play led Scotland to achieve their first-ever win against a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). In the match, none of the other Scottish batsmen scored more than 19 runs. In September 2014, he scored his first-ever century in One Day Internationals (ODIs) while playing against Ireland. Despite the match ending in defeat for Scotland, his exceptional performance earned him a place in the team for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. In the 2015 World Cup, during Scotland’s first match against New Zealand, he played a crucial role by scoring 50 runs while partnering with Matt Machan, who also scored a half-century. However, their partnership was the only significant one, and Scotland was eventually bowled out for 142 runs. New Zealand comfortably chased down the target with plenty of overs to spare. Throughout the World Cup, his highest score was 50 runs.
In a group match against Sri Lanka, while bowling, his shoe fell apart as he delivered one ball. In a 2016 ODI match against the United Arab Emirates, he surpassed 1,000 runs in ODIs. In the same match, Preston Mommsen and Kyle Coetzer also reached the milestone of scoring 1,000 runs in ODIs. Before Berrington, only two other Scottish cricketers had managed to achieve this milestone.
In January 2017, Berrington and Calum MacLeod made history by setting a new record in T20I matches. They formed a remarkable 127-run partnership while playing against Hong Kong. This partnership became the highest-ever T20I partnership for Scotland. Berrington’s traditional batting style perfectly complemented MacLeod’s unique and unconventional strokeplay, which played a significant role in their successful partnership. In June 2017, he scored his personal best List A score of 110 runs in a match against Namibia.
In January 2018, he became the captain of the Scotland cricket team for the 2017-18 United Arab Emirates Tri-Nation Series. This was his first time leading the team in international matches. He took on the captaincy because the regular captain, Kyle Coetzer, was unavailable for the first two matches as he was busy completing coaching qualifications. In the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, he played for Scotland and made important contributions. In their first match against Afghanistan, he scored a half-century and had a vital role in creating a national record by forming a 208-run partnership with Calum MacLeod for the third wicket. Moreover, he scored 47 runs in an exciting tie against Zimbabwe. In a crucial match for Scotland to qualify for the 2019 Cricket World Cup against the West Indies, Berrington faced a controversial dismissal. The umpire ruled him out leg before wicket, but replays showed that the ball hit him outside the line of the off stump, meaning he should not have been given out. Unfortunately, since the tournament did not use the Umpire Decision Review System to save costs, Scotland could not challenge the decision. As a result, Scotland lost the match by only four runs according to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Edmonton Royals franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament. In the same month, Berrington was chosen to be part of the Glasgow Giants team for the inaugural Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament. Unfortunately, the tournament was cancelled in July. In September 2019, he was chosen to be part of Scotland’s team for the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament, which took place in the United Arab Emirates. In November 2020, he was nominated for the ICC Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Decade award. In September 2021, he was assigned the role of vice-captain in Scotland’s provisional squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
In June 2022, Berrington was appointed as the captain of the national team, following Kyle Coetzer’s decision to step down from the leadership role. In an interview, he talked about being chosen as the captain and said,
I feel incredibly honoured and privileged to lead this team and represent my country. Having come through the Scottish system from a young age, I’m very proud to take on the role of men’s captain. We have an extremely skilful and talented group of players and a lot of experience in our squad but as a group we are always looking to find ways to improve and I’m looking forward to seeing the team continually move forward.”
In September 2022, he captained the 15-member squad for Scotland in the T20 World Cup held in Australia. In December 2022, he became the first player to play in 100 One Day International (ODI) matches for Scotland.
- Edmonton Royals
- Scotland Under-19s
- His jersey number is # 44 (Scotland).
- His batting style is Right-hand Bat and his bowling style is Right-arm Medium fast.