Les Ames      

Full name Leslie Ethelbert George Ames

Born December 3, 1905, Elham, Kent

Died February 27, 1990, Canterbury, Kent (aged 84 years 86 days)

Major teams England, Kent

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Leslie Ethelbert George Ames
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 47 72 12 2434 149 40.56 8 7 6 74 23
First-class 593 951 95 37248 295 43.51 102 176 703 418
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 47 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 593 1383 801 24 3/23 33.37 3.47 57.6 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 17-20, 1929 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Durban, Mar 3-14, 1939 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1926 - 1951

Wisden obituary
Leslie Ethelbert George Ames, CBE, who died suddenly at his home in Canterbury on February 26, 1990, aged 84, was without a doubt the greatest wicketkeeper-batsman the game has so far produced; and yet, at the time he was playing, it used to be said there were better wicketkeepers than Ames, and that he was in the England team because of his batting. If this was so, would Jardine, for example, have preferred him to Duckworth in Australia in 1932-33? Surely not. When fully fit, Ames was England's first-choice wicketkeeper from 1931 to 1939, when he virtually gave up the job. For Kent, he was an integral part of their Championship side from 1927 to the first match of 1951, when a sharp recurrence of back trouble, which had dogged him for so long, brought his career to an end while he was actually at the crease. By this time he had amassed 37,248 runs, average 43.51, made 102 hundreds, including nine double-hundreds, and passed 1,000 runs in a season seventeen times, going on to 3,000 once and 2,000 on five occasions. He had had a direct interest in 1,121 dismissals, of which more than 1,000 were effected when he was keeping wicket. His total of 418 stumpings is easily a record.

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Sep 10, 1970

The Kent squad for a County Championship game against Surrey, The Oval. Standing (left to right): L Kilby (masseur), Bob Woolmer, John Shepherd, Alan Brown, Norm Graham, John Dye, Graham Johnson, Asif Iqbal, Colin Page and C Lewis (scorer). Seated: David Nicholls, Alan Knott, Derek Underwood, Mike Denness, Colin Cowdrey, Les Ames (secretary), Stuart Leary, Brian Luckhurst and Alan Ealham, September 10, 1970

The Kent squad for a County Championship game against Surrey, The Oval

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Jul 1946

Les Ames plays the pull, Surrey v Kent, County Championship, The Oval, July 13-16, 1946

Les Ames plays the pull

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May 3, 1939

Les Ames bats against the West Indians while Ivan Barrow looks on, Les Ames' XI v West Indians, Bat and Ball Ground, Gravesend, May 3, 1939

Les Ames bats against the West Indians

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1929

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1936

Walter Lawrence Trophy 1939

Most dismissals in an English season (127 in 1929)

Most stumpings (64) in an English season

Achieved wicketkeeper's double (1000 runs and 100 dismissals) in each of three seasons (only achieved one other time in English cricket)

Only wicket-keeper to score 100 centuries

Made 3000 runs in 1933 season, 2000 runs 5 times, 1000 17 times

Record 8th wicket partnership in all tests of 246 with GO Allen

Made 123 in the pre-lunch session of the 1923 test against South Africa (a record for runs in a session)

Scored centuries against every first-class county apart from Kent