Leslie Hylton

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Leslie Hylton
Personal information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 6 40
Runs scored 70 843
Batting average 11.66 18.73
100s/50s -/- -/5
Top score 19 80
Balls bowled 965 -
Wickets 16 120
Bowling average 26.12 25.62
5 wickets in innings - 3
10 wickets in match - -
Best bowling 4/27 5/24
Catches/stumpings 1/- 31/-
Source: [1]

Leslie George Hylton (29 March 1905 – 17 May 1955) was a West Indian cricketer, a fast bowler who played in six Test matches between 1935 and 1939 for the West Indies.[1] He also played 40 first-class games for his native Jamaica.

Hylton debuted with four Tests in the 1934–1935 season, taking 13 wickets at an average of 19.3, but had to wait until 1939 before playing his next two Tests. In that trip to England, he added three more wickets to his career tally, and did not play in any more Tests subsequently.

Hylton is perhaps more well known for his death. In 1955, he was hanged for the murder of his wife, Lurlene. During his trial, Hylton claimed he had been trying to shoot himself but missed. As of March 2009, he remains the only Test cricketer to have been executed.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. p. 202. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4. 
  2. ^ BBC SPORT | Test Match Special Blog