Charles Bennett Llewellyn
September 26, 1876, Pietermaritzberg, Natal
June 07, 1964, Chertsey, Surrey, England, (aged 87y 255d)
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Left arm slow medium
Charles Llewellyn was a great allrounder in his day. A forcing left-hand batsman, a slow to medium left-arm bowler and a splendid fielder, particularly at mid-off, Llewellyn, who was born at Pietermaritzburg, appeared in 15 Test matches for South Africa, five against England and ten against Australia, between 1895 and 1912. It was as a professional for Hampshire that he did his best work, however, and between 1899 and 1910 he hit 8,772 runs for the county, average 27.58, took 711 wickets for 24.66 runs apiece and brought off 136 catches. Five times he scored over 1,000 runs and five times dismissed more than 100 batsmen in a season, achieving the double in 1901 and repeating the performance in all matches in 1908 and 1910.
He created a stir in his first match before he had qualified for Championship games by hitting 72 and 21 against the 1899 Australian touring side and taking 8 for 132 in the first innings on a true pitch. That performance gained him a place in Ranjitsinhji's team who toured America the following winter. One of his best all-round feats was against Somerset at Taunton in 1901 when he played an innings of 153 in one hundred minutes and took 10 for 183 runs. Against the South Africans at Southampton the same season he reached the highest of his 15 centuries, 216, put together in three hours and including 30 boundaries, and followed by sending back six batsmen for 105 runs and holding three catches. Twice he registered two centuries in a match: 102 and 100 against Derbyshire at Derby in 1905 and 130 and 101 not out against Sussex at Hove in 1909. His second innings at Hove occupied only an hour.
A bowler skilled in variation of pace and spin, he gained his best match-analysis at Southampton in 1901, dismissing 14 Worcestershire batsmen for 171 runs.
A disagreement over terms resulted in him severing his connection with Hampshire, but after touring Australia with PW Sherwell's South African team in 1910-11, he returned to England and played in League cricket.
Incidentally, he might once have assisted England, for he was among the fourteen players from whom the team who met Australia in the first Test at Edgbaston in 1902 was selected.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1965
After he left Hampshire at the end of 1910 he continued playing high-standard league cricket until he was 62. In 1913 while still with Accrington he scored 188 not out against Bacup, which remained the highest score in the Lancashire League until beaten by Learie Constantine's 192 not out for Nelson v East Lancashire in 1939. He later played in the Bradford League for Undercliffe and even at the age of 55 he topped the bowling averages, in addition to being the only man to take 100 wickets in the Bolton League.
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