Full name Geoffrey Bevington Legge
Born January 26, 1903, Bromley, Kent
Died November 21, 1940, Brampford Speke, Devon (aged 37 years 300 days)
Major teams England, Kent, Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Education Malvern School; Oxford University
|Test debut||South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-27, 1927 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v England at Auckland, Feb 21-24, 1930 scorecard|
|First-class span||1924 - 1931|
Lt. Geoffrey Bevington Legge, Fleet Air Arm, suffered death while flying in November, aged 37. Legge played little first-class cricket since 1930, when he resigned the Kent captaincy. After batting up to the high form associated with Malvern School, where he was captain, particularly in off-driving and cutting, Legge gained his Oxford Blue in 1925 and captained the University XI next season. Each year he headed the batting averages, and scored 83 in four innings, against Cambridge, the first of two good matches ending in a draw and Oxford losing the other by 34 runs. In this 1926 match R. G. H. Lowe did the fifth hat-trick, all by Cambridge bowlers, in the University match. In 1928 he succeeded A. J. Evans as Kent captain, and managed the side so well in the field that Lancashire, winners of the Championship, alone came out with a superior record. He went to South Africa in the winter of 1927, and also toured New Zealand and Australia when A. H. H. Gilligan captained the M.C.C. team in 1929. At Auckland in the specially arranged fourth Test Match, Legge excelled by making 196, the next highest score in a total of 540 being 75 by M. S. Nichols. Legge bowled slows with some success. Usually fielding in the slips, he seldom dropped any catch within reach, and in everything he attempted showed skill at the game. He was in the Malvern football eleven and also represented the School at rackets.
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