Alan 'Punchy' Rayment was born in North London in May 1928. A free-scoring batsman and brilliant fielder, he played for Hampshire from 1949 to 1958. Encouraged to improve his footwork by learning ballroom dancing, he developed a second talent. In Southampton, together with his wife Betty, he ran dance classes, performed at events and managed a highly popular ballroom in the city centre. A profound religious experience led to his abandoning cricket and dance. He trained and worked as a community worker, then travelled overseas in search of spiritual enlightenment. Returning to England in his sixties, he embarked on a project to tell the story of his life. He died in October 2020.