Leland Hone

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Leland Hone
Leland Hone c1878.jpg
Cricket information
Batting style Right-hand bat (RHB)
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 8
Runs scored 13 85
Batting average 6.50 7.08
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 7 27
Balls bowled 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 2/0 9/2
Source: [1]

Leland Hone (30 January 1853 in Dublin, Ireland – 31 December 1896 in Dublin, Ireland[1]) was a cricketer who played for both England and Ireland, in addition to playing first-class cricket for the MCC.[2]

Playing career[edit]

A right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper,[1] Hone made his debut for Ireland in August 1875 playing against I Zingari. He played three more matches against I Zingari in August of each of the following three years, scoring 74 not out in 1877, his highest score for Ireland.[3] In 1878, he made his first-class debut, playing for the MCC against Cambridge University. After one more game against Oxford University[4] he was chosen to tour Australia under the captaincy of Lord Harris.[5]

When it became clear that the side lacked a regular wicket-keeper, Hone was drafted in for the only Test of the tour, playing against Australia in January 1879, becoming the first player to represent England without playing county cricket[5][6] and the first Irishman to represent England.[7]

He played four more first-class matches on the tour, two each against New South Wales and Victoria,[4] and returned to the Ireland team for matches against the MCC and Surrey that summer.[3] He played one final first-class match for the MCC in 1880 against Oxford University at Lord's.[4] He continued playing club cricket, and represented Ireland twice in 1883 before a final game against I Zingari in August 1888.[3]


In his matches for Ireland, he scored 321 runs at an average of 24.69. He took sixteen catches and six stumpings.[3] In his only Test match, he scored 13 runs and took two catches. In first-class cricket, he scored 85 runs at an average of 7.08, taking nine catches and two stumpings.[1]


Hone came from a cricketing family. His brothers William and Nathaniel also played for Ireland, as did his cousins William, Thomas and Jeffery. His nephew Pat Hone also played for Ireland.[1]

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