Hampshire Cricket History

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March 12, 2018, 10:15 am
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Leat, Charles William (pre ’95) born Ringwood 6.12.1855, died Christchurch 18.12.1937. Leat bowled a little right-arm fast, but was also a wicketkeeper who played 16 matches for Hampshire, two in 1878 & 1882, five in 1884 and seven in 1885, after which they lost their first-class status, although he played further matches for the county in the next two years. He scored 323 runs at 11.53 with one half-century, 63 v Kent at Gravesend, in 1884, and on the one occasion he took wickets, recorded 2-10 v Derbyshire at Derby in 1878. In his 16 matches, he dismissed 22 batsmen in the field.

Lee, Arthur Michael (268 – Amateur) born Liphook, Hants 22.8.1913, died Midhurst 14.1.1983. His father EC Lee (below) played for Hampshire and AM Lee was a right-handed batsman who was educated at Winchester and Oxford University. He played in one Championship match for Hampshire v Somerset at Bath in mid-July 1933, in which the Lee brothers (JW & FS, not related) opened for Somerset. The match was spoiled by rain and sadly, on day three AM Lee was bowled by Arthur Wellard without scoring. In the next two seasons, he played in three first-class matches for Oxford University but did not win his ‘blue’.

Lee, Edward Cornwall (33 – Amateur) born Torquay 18.6.1877, died Petersfield 16.6.1942. EC Lee was educated at Winchester and Oxford University, winning his ‘blue’ in 1898; he also won ‘blues’ for ice hockey and golf. In 1896, he played one first-class match for Hampshire v Yorkshire at Harrogate, opening the bowling in a 10-wicket defeat. From the following season until 1909, his first-class career mixed matches for the county, the MCC, the University and others. He toured the Caribbean in early 1902, but after a match at Derby later that year, he played just once more for Hampshire v the Australians in 1909. He played in 46 matches for Hampshire, scoring 994 runs at 14.61 with two half-centuries, and took nine wickets at 74.77 with a best of 2-0 v Somerset at Portsmouth in 1897.

Leveson-Gower, Rev. Frederick Archibald Gresham (64 – Amateur) born Titsey Place, Surrey 8.5.1873, died Kent 3.10.1946. He was from a famous cricketing family, his brother HDG (‘Shrimp’) who played for England, being best known. He was educated at Winchester and Oxford University and played in 16 first-class matches for various sides, including two games for Hampshire, v Sussex at Portsmouth in 1899 and Lancashire at Southampton in 1900. He scored 45 runs in his four innings with a best of 20, and bowled five overs, (0-20). His final first-class match was for his brother’s XI in 1909.

Lewis, Arthur Hamilton (251 – Amateur) born Basutoland 16.9.1901, died Devon 23.8.1980. He was said to be a hard-hitting batsman and brilliant cover fielder who played some matches while at Cambridge University that were not first class. In 1929, he opened the batting for Hampshire at the Oval after centuries by Hobbs and Ducat helped Surrey to 490-6 declared. There was no play on the second day, and on the third, Lewis scored 20 as Hampshire made 147-8. He did not play for the county again, but through the 1930s played for Berkshire and the Hampshire Hogs.

Lewis, Richard Victor (356) born Winchester 6.8.1947. Batsman Richard Lewis was one of a group of young cricketers who made their county debuts in the mid-1960s, as Hampshire sought replacements for their 1961 Championship-winning side. Lewis played for Hampshire 2nd XI in 1965 & 1966, then in 1967 he made his first-class debut v Oxford University at Bournemouth, opening the batting and scoring 24 in an innings victory. He returned to the 2nd XI, but having scored his first century against the same opponents in 1968, he kept his place through June and July despite competition for batting places from players such as Richards, Marshall, Gilliat, Livingstone, and Turner.

Lewis was a fine fielder and an elegant batsman but he never managed to secure a permanent place in the side. In ten seasons, from 1967-1976, he played in 103 matches for Hampshire – one of the few to pass 100 without the award of a county cap – and scored 3,282 runs at 18.97, with one further century v Gloucestershire in 1974. In addition, he played in 82 limited-overs games, scoring five half-centuries at 18.04 with a best of 79 v Surrey at Southampton in 1975, as Hampshire moved towards their first limited-overs title. We might consider that for a man of such potential, his career was disappointing, but the fact is that fewer than 30 men have represented Hampshire in a Championship-winning side, and Lewis is one of them, having played in 13 of the 20 matches in 1973. After leaving Hampshire, he played with Dorset from 1977-1989 and coached at Charterhouse. His final two first-class matches were for the Minor Counties v the Indians in 1979 (scoring 88) and Sri Lankans in 1981 (47 & 53*).

Light, Elisha Edward (46) born Winchester 1.9. 1873, died Llanelly, Wales 12.3.1952. He was a left-handed batsman and slow-left-arm bowler who played for Hampshire in 1894 before they regained first-class status and in 13 first-class matches from 1898-1900, scoring 168 runs at 10.50 with a best of 35, and taking five wickets at 52.60. He moved to Wales and played for Carmarthenshire in the Minor Counties.


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AM Lee was known locally (Winchester area) as Judge Michael Lee. He was one of Hampshire Cricket Society’s earliest speakers. As befitting one of his profession, he gave a very erudite address. At that time, he was living in the village of Easton, just north of Winchester, where he frequently watched the local team play at weekends. He won a DSO in WW2.

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