Len Hill

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Len Hill
Cricket information
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm-medium
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 76 28
Runs scored 2,690 285
Batting average 6.34 14.25
100s/50s 0/14 0/0
Top score 96* 42
Balls bowled 52
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 40/1 12/–
Source: Cricinfo, 27 March 2019
Len Hill
Personal information
Full name Lenard Winston Hill
Date of birth (1941-04-14)14 April 1941
Place of birth Caerleon, Wales
Date of death 10 April 2007(2007-04-10) (aged 65)
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
1958–62 Lovells Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1970 Newport County 269 (52)
1970–1971 Swansea 12 (1)
1971–74 Newport County 97 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Lenard Winston Hill (14 April 1941 – 12 April 2007) was a Welsh sportsman, who played first-class cricket for Glamorgan, league football for Swansea Town and Newport County and was also a talented tennis player.

Early sporting career[edit]

Hill was born in Caerleon and played for Lovell's Athletic[1] before joining Newport County in 1962. He remained with Newport until 1973, later playing briefly for Swansea City.[2]

Later career[edit]

Hill joined Glamorgan County Cricket Club in 1964, but his football career took precedence, preventing him from playing a full county cricket season until the mid-1970s.[3] His first class debut came on 18 July 1964 against Lancashire. He scored just one run on his debut, falling lbw to Brian Statham.

He later became a regular right-hand batsman in the Glamorgan first XI, and was awarded a county cap in 1974. He made 76 first-class appearances for Glamorgan and scored 2,690 runs (including 14 fifties), with a top score of 96 not out against Gloucestershire in 1974. In the same year, he scored 90 not out against Hampshire in one of the year's most notable Glamorgan victories. He played his last game for Glamorgan in 1976.

A brief spell as professional at Ammanford Cricket Club[4] completed his career.

Recognition of qualities[edit]

In 1975, he was featured in an article by Basil Easterbrook entitled "The Willing Workhorses of First Class Cricket"[5]

A popular player, in retirement he kept in touch with his ex-colleagues through the Glamorgan Ex-Players' Association.[6]

Death[edit]

Hill died in April 2007, aged 65.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Playing for Lovell's
  2. ^ Newport County A-Z of transfers
  3. ^ BBC Obituary
  4. ^ Club Web site
  5. ^ "Wisden's Cricketers' Almanac" Preston, N (Ed): London, Sporting Handbooks, 1975 ISBN 0-85020-048-2
  6. ^ Article by Alistair Hignell[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Welsh dual sport star Hill dies

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