Len Hopwood

Len Hopwood
INTL CAREER: 1934 - 1934
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John Leonard Hopwood


October 30, 1903, Newton Hyde, Cheshire


June 15, 1985, Denton, Lancashire, (aged 81y 228d)

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Left arm Medium

A good county slow-left armer, and a more than useful bat with 24 first-class hundreds, Len Hopwood had difficulty establishing himself in the strong Lancashire sides of the 1920s and 30s (debuting in 1923), but became an important member of a strong side. His best year with the bat was 1933, when he made nearly 2000 runs, and he performed the double in 1934 and 1935. He bowled his slow left-arm in a quicker style, somewhat like Verity, and was accurate and economical. His good form earned him Test selection in 1934, against the powerful Australians. Picked as an allrounder, and a foil for Verity, he debuted at Old Trafford. He failed with the bat, and despite bowling 47 overs for only 62 runs failed to take a wicket. He played again in the Fourth Test and had the unfortunate experience of bowling to Bradman at his best. Bradman made 304, Hopwood bowled 30 overs without a wicket, failed with the bat again, and returned to county cricket until the end of his career. EW Swanton wrote of him, "chosen for all-round virtues, he lacked the self-assurance necessary for international cricket, and his bowling was only an accurate shadow of Verity's."
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