Hopper Levett      

Full name William Howard Vincent Levett

Born January 25, 1908, Goudhurst, Kent

Died December 1, 1995, Hastings, Sussex (aged 87 years 310 days)

Major teams England, Kent

Also known as Hopper

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Education Brighton College

William Howard Vincent Levett
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 1 2 1 7 5 7.00 0 0 0 3 0
First-class 175 264 58 2524 76 12.25 0 2 283 195
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 175 3 6 0 - - - 12.00 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Only Test India v England at Kolkata, Jan 5-8, 1934 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1930 - 1947
Profile

Wisden Obituary
One of the great personalities of Kent cricket, `Hopper' (so baptised by Percy Chapman) Levett, died on Nov 30, at the age of 87. In a county famed for its production of high-quality wicketkeepers, his playing days happened to coincide with those of Leslie Ames, whose superior batting not only won him 47 England Test caps but would have earned him a place in any World XI in the 1930s. Nonetheless, Levett the understudy played in 142 matches for Kent between 1930 and 1947, when Ames was on Test duty or laid low with back trouble, and the hop farmer from Godhurst even aspired to an England cap of his own, at Calcutta in 1933-34, under Jardine's captaincy, a drawn match in which Levett held three catches, allowed 15 byes and scored 5 and 2 not out. His old cricket bag, wicketkeeping gloves and assorted gear were sold at auction for £77 only six weeks before his death.

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Jul 7, 2020

Hopper Levett (left image, top row, middle) and Bill Farrimond (right image)

Hopper Levett (left image, top row, middle) and Bill Farrimond (right image)

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Jul 7, 2020

Hopper Levett (with gloves) follows Alfred 'Tich' Freeman onto the field, A P Freeman XI v West Indies, Gravesend, Kent, April 22, 1933

Hopper Levett (with gloves) follows Alfred 'Tich' Freeman onto the field as part of the A P Freeman XI playing West Indies at Gravesend in 1933

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Jul 7, 2020

Members of the Kent County Cricket team. Standing l to r, C Lewis, W Ashdown, Mr W H V Levett, A Watt, A Fagg D Wright. Sitting l to r, A P Freeman, Mr I Akers-Douglas, Mr B H Valentine, Frank Woolley (1887 - 1978), L Todd, May 15, 1936

Hopper Levett (standing third from left) with members of his Kent team in 1936

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