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Robert Lyttelton      

Full name Robert Henry Lyttelton

Born January 18, 1854, Westminster, London

Died November 7, 1939, North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland (aged 85 years 293 days)

Major teams Marylebone Cricket Club

Batting style Right-hand bat

Relation Father - GW Lyttelton, Brother - CG Lyttelton, Brother - GWS Lyttelton, Brother - AT Lyttelton, Brother - E Lyttelton, Brother - Hon.A Lyttelton, Nephew - NS Talbot, Nephew - JC Lyttelton, Nephew - CF Lyttelton

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 7 12 1 67 27 6.09 0 0 2 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 7 60 31 1 1/27 31.00 3.10 60.0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1873 - 1873

Wisden obituary
The Hon. Robert Henry Lyttelton, died at North Berwick on November 7, aged 85. Educated at Eton and Cambridge, he excelled as a student and critic of the game rather than as a player. With A. G. Steel he edited the Badminton Library volume in 1887, and in particular he was a foremost advocate of reform of the leg-before-wicket rule. Trained in the earlier school, which regarded putting the legs in front of the wicket for the purpose of defence as not only bad play but unsportsmanlike, he strove hard for over thirty years to bring about such alteration in the law as would penalise batsmen backing up with their pads. He went so far as to urge that a batsman should be given out if the ball hit any part of his person (except his hand) that is between wicket and wicket. In Crisis in Cricket and the Leg-BeforeRule, he expounded his views on the subject and also on the artificial preparation of wickets. His dramatic account in the Badminton volume of the University match at Lord's in 1870 ( Cobden's match) was honoured by inclusion in The Oxford Book of English Prose. Bob Lyttelton, sixth son the Fourth Lord Lyttelton, and one of eight brothers, seven of whom played for Eton between the years 1857 and 1872, was nearly 6 feet 3 inches tall. A useful bat for Eton he failed to get his Blue at Cambridge but represented the University in the doubles tennis match of 1874.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Country Fixtures Country Results
Derbyshire v Lancashire at Derby - Apr 19-22
Lancashire 293 & 201/4 Derbyshire 274
Essex v Kent at Chelmsford - Apr 19-21
Essex won by 5 wickets
Glamorgan v Surrey at Cardiff - Apr 19-22
Surrey 563/7d Glamorgan 253/5
Notts v Yorkshire at Nottingham - Apr 19-22
Notts 428 Yorkshire 363/6
Sussex v Worcs at Hove - Apr 19-22
Sussex 345 & 166/4 Worcs 389
Warwickshire v Hampshire at Birmingham - Apr 19-22
Hampshire 319 & 170/5 Warwickshire 280
4th Youth ODI: Aust U19 v England U19 at Perth - Apr 21
Aust U19 won by 7 wickets (with 132 balls remaining)
2nd Test: West Indies v England at St George's
Apr 21-25, 2015 (10:00 local | 14:00 GMT | 10:00 EDT | 09:00 CDT | 07:00 PDT)
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