Ted Lester

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Ted Lester
Personal information
Full name Edward Ibson Lester
Born (1923-02-18)18 February 1923
Scarborough, Yorkshire, England
Died 23 March 2015(2015-03-23) (aged 92)
Scarborough, Yorkshire, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role Middle-order batsman,
later Yorkshire scorer
Domestic team information
Years Team
1945–1964 Yorkshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 232 1
Runs scored 10,912 0
Batting average 34.20
100s/50s 25/50 –/–
Top score 186 0
Balls bowled 330
Wickets 3
Bowling average 53.33
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 1/7
Catches/stumpings 108/– –/–
Source: CricketArchive, 20 February 2009

Edward Ibson Lester (18 February 1923 – 23 March 2015) was an English first-class cricketer who played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.[1] He was born and died at Scarborough, Yorkshire, England.

Lester had a first-class cricket career lasting from 1945 to 1956 for Yorkshire, but remained a significant influence in the county cricket club's fortunes as scorer and committee man.[2] He made his debut as an amateur right-handed middle-order batsman immediately after World War II, and in 1947 he made three centuries in eleven innings, which left him third in the English national averages behind Denis Compton and Bill Edrich in their year of unparalleled success.

For 1948, Lester joined the Yorkshire staff, and for next seven seasons he made more than 1,000 runs each year except 1951. His best years were 1949, when he scored 1,801 runs, and 1952 when, with 1,786 at an average little short of 50 runs an innings, he was fourth in the national averages. After further good seasons in 1953 and 1954, though, his batting fell away badly in 1955, and at the end of July he was dropped from the first team. Apart from one match against Scotland in 1956, he never regained his place.

Lester continued, however, to play for Yorkshire's Second XI for the next six seasons, often captaining the side and acting as the senior player alongside the younger players, including John Hampshire, Geoffrey Boycott, Philip Sharpe and Brian Bolus. There was a brief codicil to his playing career: in 1964, John Hampshire fell ill just before the Gillette Cup one day match against Middlesex at Lord's and Lester, acting as scorer, was drafted into the side. But Yorkshire lost and Lester, batting at number nine, failed to score.

Thereafter, he became Yorkshire's regular scorer until his retirement in 1988. He was an often forthright champion against what he perceived as the undeserved neglect of the scorer's role in cricket competitions.


  1. ^ "Ted Lester". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 373. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 

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