Kenneth Hutchings

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Kenneth Hutchings
Kenneth Hutchings Vanity Fair 14 August 1907.jpg
"A Century Maker"
Hutchings as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, August 1907
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Lotherington Hutchings
Born (1882-12-07)7 December 1882
Southborough, Kent, England
Died 3 September 1916(1916-09-03) (aged 33)
Ginchy, France
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 155) 13 December 1907 v Australia
Last Test 11 August 1909 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1902 – 1912 Kent
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 7 207
Runs scored 341 10,054
Batting average 28.41 33.62
100s/50s 1/1 22/56
Top score 126 176
Balls bowled 90 1,439
Wickets 1 24
Bowling average 81.00 39.08
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/5 4/15
Catches/stumpings 9/– 179/–
Source: Cricinfo, 29 December 2008

Kenneth Lotherington Hutchings (born 7 December 1882 in Southborough, Kent, and killed in action on 3 September 1916 in Ginchy, France) was a cricketer who played for Kent and England. He was educated at Tonbridge School.

Regarded as the most graceful English batsman of the so-called "Golden Age" of English cricket before the First World War, Hutchings was a member of the Kent team that won the County Championship in 1906, 1909 and 1910. He played just seven Test matches for England, with a highest score of 126 at Melbourne on the 1907/08 tour of Australia. In that innings, he reached his hundred in 126 minutes, his second fifty taking only 51 minutes.[1]

A. A. Thomson wrote of him: "Though a crabbed unemotional Northerner, I sometimes think that if one last fragment of cricket had to be preserved, as though in amber, it should be a glimpse of K. L. Hutchings cover-driving under a summer heaven."[2] According to David Denton and George Hirst, he hit the ball harder than any other player of their time (and they were contemporaries of Jessop).[3] He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1907.


  1. ^ Ralph Barker & Irving Rosenwater, England v Australia: A compendium of Test cricket between the countries 1877-1968, B.T. Batsford, 1969, ISBN 0-7134-0317-9, p110.
  2. ^ A.A. Thomson, Cricketers of My Times, Stanley Paul, 1967, p202.
  3. ^ Barclay's World of Cricket - 2nd Edition, 1980, Collins Publishers, ISBN 0-00-216349-7, p388

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