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Lionel Tennyson
Personal information
Full name Lionel Hallam Tennyson
Born 7 November 1889(1889-11-07)
Westminster, London, England
Died 6 June 1951 (aged 61)
Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England
Batting style Right handed
Bowling style Right arm fast
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 180) 13 December 1913 v South Africa
Last Test 16 August 1921 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1913 – 1935 Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 9 477
Runs scored 345 16,828
Batting average 31.36 23.33
100s/50s 0/4 19/66
Top score 74 not out 217
Balls bowled 6 3,756
Wickets 0 55
Bowling average 54.10
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 3/50
Catches/stumpings 6/– 172/–
Source: Cricinfo, 12 November 2008

Lionel Hallam Tennyson, 3rd Baron Tennyson (7 November 1889 in London – 6 June 1951 in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex) was known principally as a cricketer who captained Hampshire and England. The grandson of the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, he succeeded his father to the title in 1928, having been known before that as "The Hon Lionel Tennyson".

As a schoolboy at Eton College, he had been a fast bowler, but by the time he took up regular first-class cricket with Hampshire in 1913, he bowled very rarely. During World War I he served with The Rifle Brigade in France. He was Mentioned in Despatches twice and three times wounded.

Tennyson played nine Test matches for England, five of them on the tour of South Africa under Johnny Douglas in 1913/14. In 1921, England having lost six Test matches in succession to the Australians under Warwick Armstrong, Tennyson was recalled to the side for the second Test at Lord's, and though the game was again lost, he scored an undefeated 74 in the second innings against Jack Gregory and Ted McDonald at their fastest. That innings led him to be appointed captain for the three remaining matches of the series, succeeding Douglas. The next game was lost; the final two matches were left drawn. At Headingley in the first of these three games as captain, Tennyson split his hand while fielding in the Australians' first innings but, patched up with what Wisden called a "basket guard", he made 63 and 36.

Tennyson was captain of Hampshire from 1919 to 1932. He was in charge of the side in the remarkable match against Warwickshire in 1922, when Hampshire were bowled out for 15 runs in their first innings and, having been forced to follow on, then scored 521 in the second innings and won the match by 155 runs.

In 1933 he published his autobiography "From Verse To Worse" which is reminiscent of P. G. Wodehouse. Returning from his second war-wound to the Western Front he records: "I have never liked travelling light and so, though the amount of kit I arrived with may, in fact have aroused a certain amount of astonishment, I was quickly forgiven by my commanding officer as well as by everyone else, when they found out that it included, among other things, a case of champagne."

He led several non-Test match tours overseas, to India, South Africa and the West Indies. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1914.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Johnny Douglas
English national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Frank Mann
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hallam Tennyson
Baron Tennyson
Succeeded by
Harold Tennyson

External reference



Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Lionel Hallam Tennyson, 3rd Baron Tennyson (7 November 18896 June 1951) was a cricketer who captained England. He was the grandson of Alfred, Lord Tennyson.


  • Cricket has more in it than mere efficiency. There is something called the spirit of cricket, which cannot be defined.
    • Autobiography Sticky Wickets (1950)

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