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Full name Leonard Eric Bryant
Born June 2, 1936, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
Died November 28, 1999, Brent Knoll, Somerset (aged 63 years 179 days)
Major teams Somerset
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
BRYANT, LEONARD ERIC, died on November 28, 1999, aged 63. Eric Bryant was a slow left-arm bowler who played 22 first-class games for Somerset between 1958 and 1960. He walked out of county cricket shortly after being no-balled five times for throwing against Gloucestershire at Bath by umpire Hugo Yarnold; in an era where the subject was much-discussed, there had been whispers about Bryant's action, especially for his quicker ball, round the circuit. He went back and became a successful businessman in his home town, Weston-super-Mare, and both captain and groundsman of Weston CC. Tales of his eccentricity are legendary and largely unprintable, the Weston Mercury reported fondly after his death, but he is the only Weston player to have taken his cricket gear off, had a shower and then dressed in his ordinary clothes while smoking a lighted cigarette, which at no time left his lips during the whole procedure.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2000
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