Hampshire Cricket History

Lewis McManus
January 31, 2022, 10:27 am
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On we go then:

Lewis David McMANUS (532) born Poole, Dorset 9.10.1994.

Through the 20th century, 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 currently first-choice. In his 55 first-class matches he has dismissed 135 batters, 9.6% of them stumped, whereas 23% of his dismissals in limited-overs matches, and 36% in T20, have been dismissed that way, which is indicative of modern cricket (through the 1920s, 41% of Walter Livsey’s 648 first-class dismissals were stumpings). McManus played for England under-19s; for his native Dorset; for Hampshire’s Academy, and following 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 &b2021 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 2018, he was a member of the Hampshire team that beat Kent to win the Royal London Cup. At the end of the 2021 season he was one of seven players awarded his county cap. Squad number 18.

His figures for Hampshire:

First-class: 55 matches; 1876 runs at 27.18; HS: 132* v Surrey (Southampton) 2016. Dismissals: 122 ct/13 st.

List A: 37 matches; 563 runs at 23.45; HS 50 v Essex at the Ageas Bowl (2021).  Dismissals: 27 ct/8 st.

T20: 61 matches; 674 runs at 16.85; HS 60* v Somerset at the Ageas Bowl (2021). Dismissals: 27 ct./15 st.

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