Charles Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham: Wikis


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Lord Cobham
Personal information
Full name Charles John Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham
Born 8 August 1909(1909-08-08)
Kensington, England
Died 20 March 1977 (aged 67)
Marylebone, England
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
1932–1939 Worcestershire
1935–1936 MCC
First-class debut 25 June 1932
Worcestershire v Gloucestershire
Last First-class 24 February 1961
New Zealand Governor's XI v MCC
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 104
Runs scored 3,181
Batting average 20.26
100s/50s 1/13
Top score 162
Balls bowled 2,195
Wickets 32
Bowling average 41.18
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 4/83
Catches/stumpings 52/–
Source:, 14 August 2007

Charles John Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham, KG, GCMG, GCVO, TD, PC (8 August 1909 – 20 March 1977) was a New Zealand political figure and English cricketer. He was born in Kensington, London, and educated at Eton College. He died in Marylebone, also London. He was cousin of the musician Humphrey Lyttelton.



He served as the Governor-General of New Zealand between 1957 and 1962. Significant events during his tenure included the independence of Samoa and the opening of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.[1][2]


Lyttelton enjoyed a fairly substantial career in first-class cricket, playing more than 90 times for Worcestershire in the 1930s and captaining the club between 1936 and 1939.

He made his first-class debut against Gloucestershire in June 1932, but made a duck in his only innings and did not reappear for two years. He played five times in 1934, but it was only the following season that he became established in the side, playing about twenty matches a year from then until the Second World War, with the exception of 1937 when he appeared only twice.

Lyttelton's highest score (and only first-class century) was the 162 he made against Leicestershire in 1938, but he made many other useful if lesser contributions with the bat, reaching fifty on 14 further occasions. His most productive year was 1938, when he scored 741 runs at an average of 21.17.

With the ball, his first victim (in July 1934) was Charlie Barnett, while in 1935 he produced his best innings' bowling, claiming 4-83 against the South Africans. However, after 1935 his bowling became a largely occasional part of his game, and with the exception of nine wickets in 1938 he never again took more than three in a season.

Lyttelton's cricketing career proper ended with the outbreak of war, but (now listed on the scorecard as Lord Cobham, having succeeded to the title in 1949) he played for an "MCC New Zealand Touring Team" against a strong "London New Zealand Club" side in 1954, taking two wickets including that of Bill Merritt. Remarkably, however, he made a one-off return to first-class action aged 51 in February 1961, more than two decades after his previous appearance at that level, when as New Zealand Governor-General he captained an eponymous side against MCC at Auckland; he showed he still had ability with a handy first-innings 44 from number ten in the order.

As well as the matches mentioned above, Lyttelton also played ten games for MCC: one against Oxford University in 1935, and nine on MCC's tour of Australia and New Zealand during the winter that followed.

A number of his relatives played first-class cricket. His great-grandfather George played for Cambridge University in the 1830s, his grandfather (also Charles) turned out for a selection of teams including Cambridge and MCC in the 1860s, his father John made a handful of appearances for Worcestershire in the 1920s, and his uncle - another Charles - played for Worcestershire, Cambridge and MCC before the First World War.



  1. ^ AHB Opening Video:
  2. ^ Auckland Harbour Bridge Authority Record of 20 Years Activities 1951-1971

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cyril Walters
Worcestershire County Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
(no cricket 1940-45)
Sandy Singleton
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Norrie
Governor-General of New Zealand
1957 – 1962
Succeeded by
Sir Bernard Fergusson
Preceded by
The Duke of Westminster
Lord Steward
1967 – 1972
Succeeded by
The Duke of Northumberland
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir William Tennant
Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire
1963 – 1974
Office abolished
Preceded by
The Marquess of Salisbury
Chancellor of the Order of the Garter
1972 – 1977
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Abergavenny
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
John Lyttelton
Viscount Cobham
1949 – 1977
Succeeded by
John Lyttelton


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