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Full name Robert Slade Lucas
Born July 17, 1867, Teddington, Middlesex
Died January 5, 1942, Franklands Village, Haywards Heath, Sussex (aged 74 years 172 days)
Major teams Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Education Merchant Taylors'
Robert Lucas was a valuable batsman for Middlesex during ten years at the end of last century. Perhaps his best innings in first-class cricket was 97 against Surrey at The Oval in 1894, when Lockwood and Richardson were at the top of their form. Next season he was good enough to play in every match for the powerful Middlesex batting side. His highest innings came in a heavy scoring match at Hove in June 1895. The aggregate amounted to 1,259 for 28 wickets, a high figure at that time. Lucas made 185, and with T. C. O'Brien (202) put on 338 at the rate of a hundred runs an hour for the fifth wicket; the Middlesex total reached 566. That season he played for Gentlemen against Players at the Oval. R. S. Lucas went to America with Lord Hawke's team in the autumn of 1894, and he captained the first English team that visited West Indies. In a remarkable match during that tour, Barbados in their first innings scored 517 and gained a lead of 206; but the touring side won by 25 runs. Prominent for Richmond and Teddington in London club cricket, Lucas also played for Old Merchant Taylors', and in 1891, in a not-out innings of 141 at Charterhouse Square against the School, which he had captained in 1885, he hit the ball out of the ground seven times, twice in succession through the same window of a private house. He played hockey for England.
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