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Leslie Balfour      

Full name Leslie Melville Balfour

Born March 9, 1854, Bonnington, Edinburgh, Midlothian

Died July 16, 1937, Westgate, North Berwick (aged 83 years 129 days)

Major teams Scotland, I Zingari, Marylebone Cricket Club

Also known as changed name to Leslie Melville Balfour-Melville in 1893

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Education Edinburgh Academy

Relation Son - JE Balfour-Melville

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 4 7 0 121 91 17.28 0 1 6 1
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 4 - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
First-class span 1888-1910
Profile

Leslie Melville Balfour-Melville was a remarkable allround sportsman. He was cricket captain at Edinburgh Academy when 15 and, playing for XXII of Edinburgh against George Parr's All-England XI, he stayed in for an hour against J. C. Shaw and Tom Emmett, making 17, the top, score of the innings. When 18 he scored 150 at Raeburn Place in the first match between Edinburgh and Glasgow. In 1882 when W. L. Murdoch's Australian team were beaten by 45 runs in a one-day match, Balfour-Melville's share of Scotland's 167 for seven wickets was 73 against F. R. Spofforth, H. F. Boyle and G. E. Palmer. For Grange against M.C.C. at Lord's in 1894 he hit up 107 before lunch. Admirable in style he drove brilliantly, and maintained his form until 1913, when, nearly sixty, he scored 145 for Grange v. Peebles, 149 for I Zingari against Aldershot Command and 150 for I Zingari at Stirling. An excellent wicketkeeper or slip fieldsman, he was a sound captain. In fact, during some 40 years he was the greatest cricketer in Scotland.
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