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James Leaf
Personal information
Full name James Gordon Leaf
Born 18 October 1900(1900-10-18)
Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, England
Died 8 December 1972 (aged 72)
Osmaston, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1937 Army
Only First-class 22 May 1937 Army v Oxford University
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 1
Runs scored 5
Batting average 2.50
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 4
Balls bowled 0
Wickets -
Bowling average -
5 wickets in innings -
10 wickets in match -
Best bowling -
Catches/stumpings 0/0
Source: CricketArchive, 26 April 2008

James Gordon Leaf (18 October 1900–8 December 1972) was a British Army officer and English cricketer[1] who played first-class cricket for the British Army cricket team and played international matches for the Egypt national cricket team.[2]

Biography

Born in Shipston-on-Stour in 1900,[2] James Leaf attended Harrow School, playing a match for them against Winchester College in 1918. From Harrow he went to Royal Military College Sandhurst, and on graduation was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 15th Hussars on 24 December 1920.[3] The regiment merged with the 20th Hussars in 1922, Leaf continued as a second lieutenant in the new regiment, the 14th/20th Hussars,[4] until his promotion to lieutenant on 24 December 1922 when he transferred to the 15th/19th Hussars.[5] He played two matches for Egypt against the Free Foresters in 1927.[6] He resigned his commission on 20 October 1928,[7] but rejoined the army (and the 15th/19th) on 10 December 1930, with reduced seniority (from 29 August 1926).[8] He was promoted captain on 20 November 1934.[9]

He played his one first-class match for the Army against Oxford University in May 1937.[10] He was promoted major on 12 February 1940, shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War.[11] Between 1942 and 1945, he played six matches for the Catterick Garrison cricket team against Durham.[6] He retired from the army on 18 October 1947.[12] He died in Osmaston in 1972.[2]

References

  1. ^ Cricinfo profile
  2. ^ a b c CricketArchive profile
  3. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 32207, p. 764, 25 January 1921. Retrieved on 2008-05-15.
  4. ^ London Gazette: no. 32736, p. 5865, 8 August 1922. Retrieved on 2008-05-15.
  5. ^ London Gazette: no. 32781, p. 9169, 29 December 1922. Retrieved on 2008-05-15.
  6. ^ a b Other matches played by James Leaf at CricketArchive
  7. ^ London Gazette: no. 33431, p. 6702, 19 October 1928. Retrieved on 2008-05-15.
  8. ^ London Gazette: no. 33668, p. 7890, 9 December 1930. Retrieved on 2008-05-15.
  9. ^ London Gazette: no. 34109, p. 7682, 30 November 1934. Retrieved on 2008-05-15.
  10. ^ First-class matches played by James Leaf at CricketArchive
  11. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 34789, p. 841, 9 February 1940. Retrieved on 2008-05-15.
  12. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38099, p. 4869, 14 October 1947. Retrieved on 2008-05-15.
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