Full name William Heneage Legge (Viscount Lewisham)
Born May 6, 1851, Westminster, London
Died March 11, 1936, Patshull House, Staffordshire (aged 84 years 310 days)
Major teams Marylebone Cricket Club
Also known as succeeded as 6th Earl of Dartmouth in 1891
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm slow (roundarm)
|First-class span||1877 - 1877|
As Viscount Lewisham he played cricket with much enthusiasm, but did not succeed in getting into either the Eton or Oxford XI. He often took part in MCC matches, and captained the House of Commons XI. Closely connected with Kent cricket he was President of the County Club in 1888. Five years later he became MCC President and was trustee of the club. He was Governor of I Zingari and for 40 years President of the Staffordshire County Club.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
The Sixth Earl of Dartmouth was a far more colourful character than the brief Wisden obituary suggests. While no great cricketer, as his failure to make the Eton XI implies, he nevertheless played minor county cricket for four counties (connections mattered as much as ability) and turned down a chance to play for a fifth (Devon), the offer coming on the spurious logic that his title took the name of a town in the county! He was described as "a good average bat, sow round-arm bowler and in the field is generally a long-stop". He was a Conservative MP from 1878 to 1891 when he succeeded to the earldom.
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"