Frank Luce (cricketer)

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Frank Luce
Personal information
Full name Frank Mowbray Luce
Born (1878-04-26)26 April 1878
Gloucester
Died 9 September 1962(1962-09-09) (aged 84)
Reading
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Left-arm unknown
Domestic team information
Years Team
1901-1911 Gloucestershire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 25
Runs scored 754
Batting average 18.39
100s/50s 0/3
Top score 57
Balls bowled 10
Wickets 0
Bowling average -
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling -
Catches/stumpings 19/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 11 June 2014

Frank Mowbray Luce (26 April 1878 – 9 September 1962) was an English cricketer whose first-class cricket career spanned 25 matches for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club between 1901 and 1911.[1] A right-handed batsman and occasional left-arm bowler of an unknown style, Luce scored 754 runs at a batting average of 18.39.[2] He played in only three seasons – 1901, 1907 and 1911 – because of his career in the Indian Civil Service in Bengal.

Luce was born in Gloucester. He was educated at Cheltenham College and played cricket for his school.[3] For his college he opened the bowling frequently, taking three wickets against Haverford College on 29 June 1896.[4] He also scored 71 batting in the lower order against Marlborough College on 3 July,[5] followed by a score of 90 against Clifton College on 8 July.[6] He then took seven wickets across a match against Haileybury College in August,[7] then another seven in a match against Liverpool Cricket Club in 1897.[8]

His first-class career began in 1901 with two matches of the County Championship. His debut on 13 May against Nottinghamshire saw him make scores of zero and 28.[9] He made two against Middlesex at Lord's Cricket Ground on 30 May,[10] and did not play again until 1907.[11]

He returned in June 1907 against Worcestershire and made his maiden half-century, scoring fifty exactly.[12] He played 10 matches in total that year, scoring 295 runs at 19.66. He returned for 13 games in 1911, scoring 429 runs at 18.65 including two more half-centuries.[11] He died in Reading, Berkshire in 1962.[2]

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Notes
  1. ^ "Player Profile: Frank Luce". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Player Profile: Frank Luce"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mics. Matches Played"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Cheltenham College v Haverford College Haverford College in England 1896"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cheltenham College v Marlborough College Other matches in England 1896"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Clifton College v Cheltenham College Other matches in England 1896"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Cheltenham College v Haileybury College Other matches in England 1896"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Cheltenham College v Liverpool Other matches in England 1897"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gloucestershire v Nottinghamshire County Championship 1901"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Middlesex v Gloucestershire County Championship 1901"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "FC Batting Statistics By Season"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Worcestershire v Gloucestershire County Championship 1907"Paid subscription required. CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
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