Full name Luke Robert White
Born March 15, 1927, Marylebone, London
Died September 30, 1990, Alton, Hampshire (aged 63 years 199 days)
Major teams Middlesex
Also known as succeeded as 5th Baron Annaly in 1970
Batting style Right-hand bat
Relation Uncle - D O'Brien
|First-class span||1945 - 1950|
White, Hon. Luke Robert (Fifth Baron Annaly), who died in London on September 30, 1990, at the age of 63, emerged as a young player of high promise at Eton during the 1943 season. Showing a maturity in technique well beyond his years, he opened the batting and scored 342 runs at 34.20. In 1944 he was their most assured batsman with 503 runs for an average of 50. His most important innings Worcestershire probably at Harrow, where he removed all possibility of defeat by making an excellent 76 when most of his colleagues were struggling. For the Lord's Schools against the Rest, he showed very good form, and later in the week he confirmed his class with a hundred for the Public Schools against a Lord's XI, his 102 containing fifteen fours in a stay of two hours. The match did not pass without incident. A V 1 flying bomb fell fewer than 200 yards from the ground during the first innings, but although the blast sprayed pieces of soil over the pitch, play was barely interrupted. The boys, staying out on the field, apparently unconcerned, were applauded for their pluck by the spectators, some of whom had thrown themselves flat under seats for protection. White made another appearance at Lord's that summer, playing in a one-day match for Middlesex and Essex against Kent and Surrey. Still only seventeen, and in no way intimidated by the presence of many players of first-class experience, he made 77, which was the backbone of his side's total of 218. Lieutenant D. V. P. Wright took six wickets for Dewes and Donald Carr, White was subjected to the gaze of the whole nation when he was chosen to represent England in the third of the hastily arranged Victory Tests at Lord's against the Australian Services. He made 11 and 4, and in England's first innings he helped Hutton put on 55 for the fourth wicket, defending well when Hasset crowded him with close fielders. This was his first-class début. He played in five more matches, three for Middlesex and one each for the RAF and MCC, his highest score being 46 for the RAF against Worcestershire at Worcester in June 1946. He had no ambitions to pursue a first-class career, preferring to enjoy his cricket for such clubs as MCC, the Ramblers and I Zingari.
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