Full name Lawrence Charles Villebois Bathurst
Born June 4, 1871, Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk
Died February 22, 1939, Bonchurch, Isle of Wight (aged 67 years 263 days)
Major teams Middlesex, Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium
Education Radley College; Oxford University
|First-class span||1893 - 1899|
Laurence Bathhurst was of good height and build, and was best known as a clever left-handed bowler, slow to medium with varied spin. He met with much success during five seasons in the Radley eleven, and finishing as captain he took 43 wickets at 8.76 each, while his right-handed, steady batting earned an average of over 40. L. C. H. Palairet gave him his Oxford Blue in 1893, but in two matches against Cambridge Bathurst did little with the bat, though by dismissing four early batsmen he was largely responsible for victory by eight wickets when C. B. Fry captained the side. Against Sussex at Lord's in 1894, he celebrated his first match for Middlesex by taking twelve wickets for 63. Among his victims was W. L. Murdoch, the famous Australian, then captain of Sussex. From 1896 he played for Norfolk, the county of his birth, but could not devote much time to county cricket, owing to scholastic duties. In 1894 Bathurst toured America with Lord Hawke's team, doing will with the bat - average 36 - and he was also the best bowler - 30 wickets at 6.12 runs each. He served in the Imperial Yeomanry during the South African War.
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