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Les Berry      

Full name George Leslie Berry

Born April 28, 1906, Dorking, Surrey

Died February 5, 1985, Great Glen, Leicester (aged 78 years 283 days)

Major teams Leicestershire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 609 1056 57 30225 232 30.25 45 148 181 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 609 764 606 10 1/1 60.60 4.75 76.4 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1924-1951
Profile

Leslie George "Les" Berry (he was in fact christened George Leslie) died at Leicester on February 5, 1985, aged 78. An ideal example of what is meant by a good county cricketer, in 21 years of regular first-class cricket he took part in 610 matches, 606 of them for Leicestershire. He scored more runs for the county than any other player in its history, 30,143 with an average of 30.32, and made 45 centuries. He had a full range of strokes, the off drive and the pull being perhaps the most prominent, and a sound defence and for much of his career he opened the innings. Moreover his fielding could not be faulted: in his younger days he was usually on the boundary, later usually at mid-off, but he could in fact field anywhere. His admirers sometimes suggest that he was unlucky never to be picked for England or at least for the Players, and no-one will deny that, had he been so picked, he might well have made runs. The answer lies of course in the standard of English batting during his prime. Only twice did he average over 40 for a season: his successful competitors were scoring more heavily than that. In his best year, 1937, he scored 2,446 runs with an average of 52.04, and it is worth looking at the batting order for the Players at Lord's that year Hutton, Barnett, Hardstaff Hammond, Paynter, Compton, Ames, with James Langridge and Wellard to follow. Moreover Leyland, who was injured, was not playing. So Berry had to remain with the honourable record of being a great servant of Leicestershire.

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