Lewis Hatchett

Country: England
Born: January 21, 1990, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Medium fast

Lewis Hatchett Bio

Lewis James Hatchett was an English cricket player who achieved a remarkable career despite facing numerous challenges due to a rare condition called Poland Syndrome. Born with this condition, which affects only one in 100,000 births, Hatchett’s right pectoral muscle and two ribs were missing. As a fast-medium left-arm bowler, this led to a weak delivery arm and a visibly sunken chest on his right side. Additionally, his right shoulder sat higher than his left, causing his right shoulder muscles to overcompensate for the missing pectoral muscle, resulting in daily aches, burning sensations, and headaches, along with insufficient protection for his right lung.

Despite being advised against playing contact sports as a youngster, Hatchett’s determination and perseverance allowed him to overcome his condition. He embarked on a six-year professional career with the Sussex cricket team, playing 53 first-team matches across various competitions and taking a total of 102 wickets. Remarkably, he batted while wearing a bullet-proof vest to minimize potential physical damage in case of a blow to his chest from a fast bowler.

Hatchett’s close association with Sussex was evident as he was born just three miles away from Hove, in Shoreham-on-Sea. He developed his cricket skills at St James’s Montefiore, a club in Ditchling, before eventually moving on to East Grinstead. After debuting for Sussex Second XI in 2009, he made his first-team debut the following season. In only his second Championship match against Leicestershire, he astonished everyone by taking 5 for 47. His exceptional swing bowling and promising talent garnered praise from his coach, Mark Davis, who predicted a long and successful career for Hatchett.

Unfortunately, a lower-back injury forced Hatchett’s retirement from cricket at the age of 26. However, it was not only his physical ailments that brought admiration, but also his ability to manage his daily struggles with unwavering determination that earned him immense respect. Despite facing significant challenges throughout his career, Hatchett never allowed his condition to define him or make excuses. He preferred not to discuss his condition openly during his early professional years, fearing it would be used against him. However, as he grew more confident, he turned to motivational speaking, sharing his inspiring story and serving as a source of inspiration for others.

Following his retirement, Hatchett provided support to his brother Bradley in a business networking venture. He also pursued a career as a personal trainer, utilizing the funding received from the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) for his training while he was still an active player.

Lewis Hatchett’s cricket journey was nothing short of extraordinary. Overcoming the limitations imposed by Poland Syndrome, he defied the odds and left a lasting impact on the game. His determination, resilience, and ability to excel in the face of adversity continue to inspire aspiring cricketers and individuals alike.

Lewis Hatchett Career Stats

Lewis Hatchett Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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FC 27 34 11 224 25 9.73 774 28.94 0 0 28 0 10 0
List A 16 4 2 9 5 4.5 22 40.9 0 0 0 0 5 0
T20s 10 3 2 0 0* 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Lewis Hatchett Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
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FC 27 48 4038 2526 72 5/47 8/64 35.08 3.75 56 3 3 0
List A 16 15 670 630 19 3/44 3/44 33.15 5.64 35.2 0 0 0
T20s 10 10 185 304 11 3/23 3/23 27.63 9.85 16.8 0 0 0

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