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George Leycester

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Did you know that one of the Knutsford nursery customers was a first-class cricketer? George Leycester of Toft Hall, Knutsford was a wicket-keeper. His first first-class match was at Lords in May 1790. He took a wicket and scored 19 runs in the first innings and scored 11 not out in the second innings – the MCC had been set a modest target of 36 by Hornchurch. His final match was also at Lords, in July 1808, when he was playing for Surrey. Despite his being stumped for just 2 runs in the first innings (he managed 18 in the second), his team beat the England team by 3 wickets. In 49 matches (92 overs) he scored 908 runs, highest score being 49.

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