David Lewis 1927-2013

Rhodesian allrounder David Lewis died aged 85

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 25, 2013

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David Lewis, one of the finest allround sportsmen to emerge from what was Rhodesia immediately after World War Two, had died at the age of 85.

Lewis had already made his first-class debut for Rhodesia - albeit as a full substitute - by the time he arrived at Oxford University as a 21-year-old in 1949. A middle-order batsman, he only broke into the side regularly in his final year - 1951 - when he won a Blue although in 14 first-class matches for the university he only managed 389 runs at 16.91. While at university he also played for Oxfordshire and represented the university at rugby.

He returned to Rhodesia and was for the next 13 years an ever-present in the side, captaining them for almost a decade. In 73 matches for his country he scored 3254 runs at 30.69 including eight hundreds.

After retiring he remained in the game as an administrator, becoming a president of the Rhodesian board.

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