Lester King      

Full name Lester Anthony King

Born February 27, 1939, St Catherine, Jamaica

Died July 9, 1998, Kingston, Jamaica (aged 59 years 132 days)

Major teams West Indies, Bengal, Jamaica

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Lester Anthony King
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 2 4 0 41 20 10.25 0 0 1 2 0
First-class 62 87 19 1404 89 20.64 0 6 38 0
List A 1 1 0 8 8 8.00 0 0 0 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 4 476 154 9 5/46 7/64 17.11 1.94 52.8 0 1 0
First-class 62 9742 4463 142 5/46 31.42 2.74 68.6 3 0
List A 1 72 35 3 3/25 3/25 11.66 2.91 24.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v India at Kingston, Apr 13-18, 1962 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v England at Georgetown, Mar 28-Apr 3, 1968 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1961/62 - 1968/69
List A span 1963 - 1963

Wisden obituary
Lester King, who died on July 9, 1998, aged 59, of a liver complaint, was one of West Indies' leading fast bowlers of the 1960s. Unfortunately for him, the presence of Hall, Griffith and the multi-talented Sobers confined him to just two Tests. But in 1961-62 he made perhaps the most sensational of all entries into international cricket, aged 23, after just two matches for his native Jamaica. He was called in to open the bowling with Wes Hall against India at Sabina Park, and took five wickets in his first four overs. That left India 26 for five, and he finished with five for 46. King took two more quick wickets in the second innings, and West Indies completed a 5-0 series win. But they played no more Tests until they visited England more than a year later, and by then King had been superseded by the more hostile Charlie Griffith. Though he took 47 first-class wickets at 27.31 on the tour, he was actually tenth in the tour bowling averages that remarkable year. King pulled out of the 1966 trip through injury and, though he went to India and Australasia subsequently, never got the chance to play an overseas Test. He was called back in to replace Griffith for the final Test against England at Georgetown in 1967-68, taking two further wickets, but his second chance was his last. King was nowhere near as fast as many modern West Indian bowlers, but he had command of swing and cut. He was a clean tail-end hitter, and his cheerful disposition kept him going through the various disappointments. He played a season for Bengal, and also for Rawtenstall in the Lancashire League.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Latest Photos

May 1, 1963

From left: Berkeley Gaskin (manager), Lester King, Deryck Murray, Willie Rodriguez and Joe Solomon of West Indies shelter from the rain that washed out the first day of the match, Worcestershire v West Indies, tour match, day one, May 1, 1963

West Indies players shelter from the rain

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Lester King

Lester King

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