Leonard Hutton      

Full name Leonard Hutton

Born June 23, 1916, Fulneck, Pudsey, Yorkshire

Died September 6, 1990, Kingston Hospital, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey (aged 74 years 75 days)

Major teams England, Yorkshire

Also known as Sir Leonard Hutton

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Relation Brother-in-law - F Dennis, Son - RA Hutton, Son - JL Hutton, Nephew - SJ Dennis, Grandson - BL Hutton, Grandson - OR Hutton

In a nutshell Widely regarded as the finest, most technically correct England batsman after the Second World War, Len Hutton broke the world-record score in his sixth Test. He was also England's first professional captain. More

Leonard Hutton
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 79 138 15 6971 364 56.67 19 33 7 57 0
First-class 513 814 91 40140 364 55.51 129 177 400 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 79 14 260 232 3 1/2 1/2 77.33 5.35 86.6 0 0 0
First-class 513 9774 5106 173 6/76 29.51 3.13 56.4 4 1
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Lord's, Jun 26-29, 1937 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v England at Auckland, Mar 25-28, 1955 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1934 - 1955

Wisden obituary
Sir Len Hutton, who died in hospital at Kingston-upon-Thames on September 6, 1990, aged 74, was one of the greatest batsmen the game has produced in all its long history. In the Hall of Fame he sits at the high table with the élite, and if English cricket alone is taken into consideration he was one of the two most accomplished professional batsmen to have played for his country, the other being Sir Jack Hobbs with Walter Hammond and Denis Compton coming next haud longo intervallo.

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David Frith on Hutton

The head and spine of England's batting

Hutton batted as if it was the flattest pitch in the world, even as others struggled all around

Stats analysis

Consistently prolific

Len Hutton played his last Test match more than 55 years ago, but even today he remains in the top bracket of batsmen who have ever played the game

    • June 23, 1916
      Cricketing Huttons welcome Leonard
      • Is born at Fulneck, one mile from the market town of Pudsey in Leeds. His father is a good club cricketer, and his three elder brothers real cricket enthusiasts.
    • 1928
      On the right track
      • At the age of 12, Hutton joins Pudsey St Lawrence, a club famous for having provided such stalwarts as John Tunnicliffe, Major Booth and Herbert Sutcliffe. Soon he gets into the first team, and the club President - R Ingram, a member of the Yorkshire Committee - places Hutton's name before the county officials. Hutton is watched in the nets by George Hirst and from that day, Yorkshire keep him under observation.
    • 1934
      County calling
      • After a season of 699 runs with the minor counties, gets his first-class debut at the age of 17. Announces himself to the country with 196 against Worcestershire. Apart from that century, he scores five half-centuries in his first season.
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Best Performances
    • 364 v Australia, The Oval, 1938
      • An exhibition of concentration and endurance as remarkable has rarely been seen on cricket field. Record after record went by as Hutton mastered the bowling for the best part of two and a half days at The Oval. Having concentrated for over 13 hours, 20 minutes, the 22-year-old had the highest score in Test cricket to his name, and shared in two huge partnerships: 382 with Maurice Leyland, a record for any wicket for England, and 215 with Joe Hardstaff, a new record for England's sixth wicket. As a boy of 14, Hutton had seen Bradman hit 334 at Leeds, and in only his sixth Test he left that feat behind, also setting up a win by an innings and 579 runs.
    • 196 v West Indies, Lord's, 1939
      • After Bill Copson's five-for bowled West Indies out for 277 in the first Test of the series, England were 147 for 3 when Hutton, along with Denis Compton, batted West Indies out of the game.Hutton's defence was absolutely sound, and though he spent four hours reaching three figures, his last 96 runs came in 95 minutes. There were one five and 21 fours among his strokes; 14 of his boundaries came after he passed the century, when he revealed a grand array of strokes. Bad light caused stoppages and at one time flashes of lightning threatened a deluge. Lord's escaped the storm, but West Indies couldn't.
    • 202 not out v West Indies, The Oval, 1950
      • Trevor Bailey, who batted at No. 6 in the Test, wrote he never saw Hutton bat better. It was one of Hutton's single-handed efforts in an era when other stalwarts were fading away. On a treacherous pitch, against the wiles of Sonny Ramadhin and Alf Valentine, England had to go without Cyril Washbrook, Gilbert Parkhouse and Godfrey Evans. The next-best score in the innings was 44. Hutton rose magnificently to the occasion, but he lost partners rapidly against balls that lifted and turned nastily. To save the follow-on and make West Indies bat on that pitch was the only way back for England, but they fell short by 10 after a fighting last-wicket stand.
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Aug 21, 2001

England v Australia, 4th npower Ashes Test, Leeds, 16-20 August 2001

The Sir Leonard Hutton Gates

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May 13, 1974

Len Hutton, Don Bradman and Ken Barrington at a Lord's Taverners charity evening in London, May 13, 1974

Len Hutton, Don Bradman and Ken Barrington at a Lord's Taverners charity evening in London

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Sep 22, 1970

(From left) Yehudi Menuhin, Neville Cardus and Len Hutton have a chat at the launch of Cardus' book <i>Full Score</i> at the Savoy Hotel in London, September 22, 1970

(From left) Yehudi Menuhin, Neville Cardus and Len Hutton have a chat

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Knighted for services to cricket 1956
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1938