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Greville Stevens
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Greville Stevens

England
Greville Stevens

INTL CAREER: 1922 - 1930

Full Name

Greville Thomas Scott Stevens

Born

January 07, 1901, Hampstead, London

Died

September 19, 1970, Islington, London, (aged 69y 255d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

TEAMS

Wisden Obituary
Greville Stevens was beyond question one of the outstanding amateurs of his time. A fine batsman and bowler of legbreaks and googlies, he came to the fore when in the XI at University College School from 1917 to 1919. He attracted special attention in the last year with an innings of 466 in a house match, and that season he was accorded the signal honour for a schoolboy of inclusion in the Gentlemen's team against the Players at Lord's. Middlesex readily appreciated his worth and they called upon his services in 1919. Upon his debut in first-class cricket, he took 10 Hampshire wickets at Lord's for 136 runs, and the next summer he helped Middlesex to win the County Championship. Not surprisingly, he gained his Blue as a Freshman at Oxford in 1920 and he remained a valued member of the University side for the following three years, being captain in 1922. In 1923 he bore a major part in an overwhelming Oxford victory in an innings with 227 runs to spare over Cambridge. Caught on a pitch affected by sunshine after heavy rain, the Light Blues were dismissed in their first innings for 59, Stevens taking six wickets for 20 runs. That season, too, he shone brightly as a batsman, hitting 182--his highest innings--for Oxford against the West Indies and 122 for the Gentlemen at Lord's. Stevens took part in 10 Test matches for England. He helped them regain the Ashes from HL Collins's Australians in 1926; visited South Africa with small success in 1922 and 1927 and played twice in the West Indies in 1929, when he took 10 wickets for 195 runs in the first of the representative games. A batsman who, considering his short back-lift, hit with surprising power, he twice exceeded 1,000 runs in a season and in all first-class cricket registered 10,361 runs, including 12 centuries, at an average of 29.69, took 676 wickets for 26.55 runs each and, as a superb fieldsman close to the wicket, held 200 catches. He would doubtless have far eclipsed this record had he been able to spare more time from business for cricket.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1971

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test101702636915.4701290
FC243387361037618229.5612552130
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test10171186648205/9010/19532.403.2759.30021
FC24332601183646848/3826.843.3747.60295
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Photos


A Pelham Warner XI which played at Lord’s in August 1940
Greville Stevens
The England team for the 1926 Ashes
The Oxford side of 1922