Len Hopwood      

Full name John Leonard Hopwood

Born October 30, 1903, Newton Hyde, Cheshire

Died June 15, 1985, Denton, Lancashire (aged 81 years 228 days)

Major teams England, Lancashire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm medium

John Leonard Hopwood
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 2 3 1 12 8 6.00 93 12.90 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 400 575 55 15548 220 29.90 27 70 198 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 2 3 462 155 0 - - - 2.01 - 0 0 0
First-class 400 43449 15110 673 9/33 22.45 2.08 64.5 35 6
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Manchester, Jul 6-10, 1934 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Leeds, Jul 20-24, 1934 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1923 - 1939

A good county slow-left armer, and a more than useful bat with 24 first-class hundreds, Len Hopwood had difficulty establishing himself in the strong Lancashire sides of the 1920s and 30s (debuting in 1923), but became an important member of a strong side. His best year with the bat was 1933, when he made nearly 2000 runs, and he performed the double in 1934 and 1935. He bowled his slow left-arm in a quicker style, somewhat like Verity, and was accurate and economical. His good form earned him Test selection in 1934, against the powerful Australians. Picked as an allrounder, and a foil for Verity, he debuted at Old Trafford. He failed with the bat, and despite bowling 47 overs for only 62 runs failed to take a wicket. He played again in the Fourth Test and had the unfortunate experience of bowling to Bradman at his best. Bradman made 304, Hopwood bowled 30 overs without a wicket, failed with the bat again, and returned to county cricket until the end of his career. EW Swanton wrote of him, "chosen for all-round virtues, he lacked the self-assurance necessary for international cricket, and his bowling was only an accurate shadow of Verity's."
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