Hampshire Cricket History

Lewis McManus
January 26, 2021, 2:06 pm
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Lewis David McManus, (532) born Poole, Dorset 9.10.1994.

Squad number 18

For more than a century, from the time that James Stone took Hampshire’s wicketkeeping position, until the retirement of Nic Pothas, Hampshire had a succession of regular ‘keepers’, but in the past decade no one player has held the position for any length of time although Lewis McManus is the current encumbent. Lewis played for England under-19s; for his native Dorset; for Hampshire’s Academy, and after one game in 2011, regularly for Hampshire 2nd XI from 2013. He made his first-class debut at Headingley in 2015 and was second highest scorer as Hampshire fell to a heavy defeat, while in his next match v Durham at the Ageas Bowl he scored 53*, batting for almost three hours to save the game.

Initially, he covered for Adam Wheater when the latter was injured, but from mid- season 2016 he established himself as the first-choice wicketkeeper and Wheater returned to Essex. Since then he and Tom Alsop have both had spells keeping wicket, although in 2020 Alsop played as a specialist batsman alongside McManus. For a brief period in mid-2017, McManus opened the batting in the Championship but he is rather more a useful middle-order batsman who scored one century, 132* (and 35) v Surrey at the Ageas Bowl in 2016. In 2019, he was a member of the Hampshire team that beat Kent to win the Royal London Cup. In his 44 first-class matches he has dismissed 106 batsmen, around 11% of them stumped, whereas, typical of the modern game, 25% of his dismissals in limited-overs matches, and 37% in T20, have been stumped.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 44 matches; 1556 runs at 27.29; HS: 132* v Surrey (Southampton) 2016. Dismissals: 94 ct/12 st.

List A: 32 matches; 430 runs at 21.50; HS 47 v Barbados (Bridgetown 2017/18). Dismissals: 24 ct/8 st.

T20: 48 matches; 475 runs at 15.83; HS 59 v Glamorgan (Cardiff) 2020. Dismissals: 15 ct./9 st.

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