Full Name

Lewis James Hatchett

Born

January 21, 1990, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex

Age

32y 123d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Left arm Medium fast

TEAMS

Lewis Hatchett achieved one of the most gloriously defiant careers in the history of county cricket before he announced his retirement, at 26, on medical advice in 2016. Hatchett was born with Poland Syndrome, a condition which appears in only one in 100,000 births, and leads to problems down one side of the body. For Hatchett it meant he was missing his right pectoral muscle and two ribs, which meant that his chest was visibly sunken on that part of his body. Technically, as a fast-medium left-arm bowler, it led to a weak delivery arm and a right shoulder that sat higher than his left. His right shoulder muscles overcompensated for the missing pectoral, causing these muscles to be over-used and they become fatigued quickly, resulting in aches, burning sensations and headaches daily along with his right chest offering little protection to his right lung.

Although he was advised as a youngster not to play contact sports, Hatchett's determination helped him to overcome his condition. He spent six years as a professional with Sussex, taking 102 wickets in 53 first-team matches in all competitions, and batting in a bullet-proof vest to minimise the physical damage should he ever take a blow in the chest from a fast bowler. When he retired, it was because of a lower-back injury, but it was his management of his daily issues that brought so much respect.

Sussex have never been short of locally-produced players and Hatchett was about as local as they got, born about three miles away from Hove in Shoreham-on-Sea. He learned his cricket at St James's Montefiore, a club in Ditchling, before moving to East Grinstead. He made his Sussex Second XI debut in 2009 before a first-team debut the following season. In his second Championship match, against Leicestershire, he took 5 for 47. "He's an exciting prospect - a left-armer who swings the ball - and he's destined for a long and successful career," said coach Mark Davis when he was signed.

When it all came to an end, he took to helping his brother Bradley in a business networking business, worked as a personal trainer - a course he took with the help of PCA funding while he was playing. He had not always been comfortable talking about his condition as a young professional, fearing that it would be used against him, and not wanting to make excuses, but he also turned to motivational speaking - and he had an impressive story to tell.


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Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC273411224259.7377428.9400280100
List A1642954.502240.90000050
T20103200*0.0010.00000000
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC274840382526725/478/6435.083.7556.0330
List A1615670630193/443/4433.155.6435.2000
T201010185304113/233/2327.639.8516.8000
Recent Matches - Player
MatchBatBowlDateGroundFormat
Sussx 2nd XI vs Kent 2nd XI02/2628-Jun-2016Woodman CoteOTHER
Sussx 2nd XI vs MCC YC--1/3901-Jun-2016EastbourneOTHER
Sussx 2nd XI vs MCC YC--1/2031-May-2016EastbourneOTHERT20
Sussex vs WORCS3 & 171/10315-May-2016WorcesterFC
Sussex vs Derbyshire--5/58 & 0/2108-May-2016DerbyFC
Photos
Lewis Hatchett was last out
James Taylor raises his bat after reaching a century
Lewis Hatchett removed Usman Khawaja early in the second innings
Phillip Hughes fell to Lewis Hatchett for 84
Lewis Hatchett took three wickets in his first Championship appearance since April