James Leaf

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James Leaf
Personal information
Full name James Gordon Leaf
Born (1900-10-18)18 October 1900
Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, England
Died 8 December 1972(1972-12-08) (aged 72)
Osmaston, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1937 Army
Only First-class 22 May 1937 Army v Oxford University
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 1
Runs scored 5
Batting average 2.50
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 4
Balls bowled 0
Wickets -
Bowling average -
5 wickets in innings -
10 wickets in match -
Best bowling -
Catches/stumpings 0/0
Source: CricketArchive, 26 April 2008

James Gordon Leaf (18 October 1900–8 December 1972) was a British Army officer and English cricketer[1] who played first-class cricket for the British Army cricket team and played international matches for the Egypt national cricket team.[2]

Biography[edit]

Born in Shipston-on-Stour in 1900,[2] James Leaf attended Harrow School, playing a match for them against Winchester College in 1918. From Harrow he went to the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and on graduation was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the 15th Hussars on 24 December 1920.[3] The regiment merged with the 20th Hussars in 1922, Leaf continued as a second lieutenant in the new regiment, the 14th/20th Hussars,[4] until his promotion to lieutenant on 24 December 1922 when he transferred to the 15th/19th Hussars.[5] He played two matches for Egypt against the Free Foresters in 1927.[6] He resigned his commission on 20 October 1928,[7] but rejoined the army (and the 15th/19th) on 10 December 1930, with reduced seniority (from 29 August 1926).[8] He was promoted captain on 20 November 1934.[9]

He played his one first-class match for the Army against Oxford University in May 1937.[10] He was promoted major on 12 February 1940, shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War.[11] Between 1942 and 1945, he played six matches for the Catterick Garrison cricket team against Durham.[6] He retired from the army on 18 October 1947.[12] He died in Osmaston in 1972.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cricinfo profile
  2. ^ a b c CricketArchive profile
  3. ^ "No. 32207". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 January 1921. p. 764. 
  4. ^ "No. 32736". The London Gazette. 8 August 1922. p. 5865. 
  5. ^ "No. 32781". The London Gazette. 29 December 1922. p. 9169. 
  6. ^ a b Other matches played by James Leaf at CricketArchive
  7. ^ "No. 33431". The London Gazette. 19 October 1928. p. 6702. 
  8. ^ "No. 33668". The London Gazette. 9 December 1930. p. 7890. 
  9. ^ "No. 34109". The London Gazette. 30 November 1934. p. 7682. 
  10. ^ First-class matches played by James Leaf at CricketArchive
  11. ^ "No. 34789". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 February 1940. p. 841. 
  12. ^ "No. 38099". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 October 1947. p. 4869.