Leonard Hutton

Country: England
Born: June 23, 1916, Fulneck, Pudsey, Yorkshire
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Died: September 06, 1990, Kingston Hospital, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, (aged 74y 75d)

Leonard Hutton Bio

Sir Leonard Hutton, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, was born on June 23, 1916, in Fulneck near Pudsey, England. Hutton was raised in a cricket-loving family that instilled in him the values of discipline and self-denial from a young age. His passion for the game burned brightly, and he soon became determined to achieve greatness as a player.

Hutton’s exceptional talent was evident from a young age, and he quickly caught the attention of George Hirst, a former English cricketer, who declared that there was nothing left for him to teach the young prodigy. Another illustrious player, Sir Herbert Sutcliffe, even predicted that Hutton would go on to play for the English national team.

At just 17 years old, Hutton made his debut in first-class cricket. In his inaugural season, he made an instant impact, scoring five fifties and his maiden century, a remarkable innings of 196 runs against Worcestershire. Despite his youth, Hutton exuded supreme confidence at the crease, showcasing his skill by batting for four hours on a difficult pitch at Scarborough.

However, ill health temporarily derailed Hutton’s progress the following year, but he bounced back in 1936, surpassing the 1,000-run mark for the first time. Critics at the time complained about his defensive approach, but Hutton silenced them with an onslaught of runs in the 1937 season, including an impressive unbeaten score of 271 against Derbyshire and a magnificent 153 against Leicestershire, which he marked on his 21st birthday.

In the years that followed, Hutton consistently demonstrated his prowess with the bat, amassing over 2,000 runs each season from 1947 to 1953. Despite the pressures of Test cricket, Hutton’s commitment to his county team, Yorkshire, never wavered. In the remarkable summer of 1949, he tallied a staggering 3,429 runs, including twelve centuries, making him one of the highest run-scorers of all time.

Hutton’s worth as a batsman was truly tested in international Test matches. He first represented England in 1937 against New Zealand, initially struggling but later finding his stride with a century at Old Trafford. The following year, he etched his name in cricketing history with an extraordinary innings of 364 against Australia at The Oval, lasting a staggering 13 hours and 17 minutes. Hutton’s performance propelled England to victory, leaving an indelible mark on the public’s imagination.

Throughout his career, Hutton demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and was appointed England’s first professional captain in 1952, securing three Test victories against India. Under his leadership, England regained the Ashes in 1953, with Hutton’s magnificent innings of 145 at Lord’s standing out as a masterpiece of batting technique.

Hutton’s retirement in 1956 marked the end of an era, having led England to victory 11 times out of 23 Test matches as captain. He received numerous accolades for his achievements, including an honorary membership to MCC while still active and a knighthood in 1955 for his tremendous contributions to the game of cricket.

In his first-class career spanning 513 matches, Hutton amassed a staggering 40,140 runs, averaging an impressive 55.51. He recorded 129 centuries, with eleven surpassing 200. In Test cricket, he scored 6,971 runs, averaging a remarkable 56.67, and reached the 100-run milestone on nineteen occasions.

Sir Leonard Hutton’s legacy as one of England’s greatest cricketers remains undiminished. His technical brilliance, immense concentration, and profound love for the game continue to inspire generations of players, ensuring that his name will forever be synonymous with greatness.

Leonard Hutton Career Stats

Leonard Hutton Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 79 138 15 6971 364 56.67 - - 19 33 - 7 57 0
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FC 513 814 91 40140 364 55.51 - - 129 177 - - 400 0
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Leonard Hutton Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 79 14 260 232 3 1/2 1/2 77.33 5.35 86.6 0 0 0
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FC 513 - 9774 5106 173 6/76 - 29.51 3.13 56.4 - 4 1
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