Lionel Troughton

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Lionel Troughton
Personal information
Full name Lionel Holmes Wood Troughton
Born (1879-05-17)17 May 1879
Seaford, East Sussex
Died 31 August 1933(1933-08-31) (aged 54)
Southwark, London
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
1907–1923 Kent
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 180
Runs scored 4,013
Batting average 17.14
100s/50s 1/12
Top score 104
Balls bowled 18
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 80/–
Source: CricInfo, 5 April 2009

Lionel Holmes Wood Troughton, MC (17 May 1879 – 31 August 1933) was an English amateur cricketer who played first-class cricket for Kent County Cricket Club either side of the First World War. Primarily a batsman, Troughton was club captain of Kent between 1914 and 1923.[1] He served in the Rifle Brigade during the First World War, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel and being awarded the Military Cross.

Early life

Troughton was born in Seaford, East Sussex in 1879. He attended Dulwich College and played cricket for the school First XI during 1897.[2]

Cricket career

Troughton first played for Kent's Second XI in 1900, but did not make his first-class cricket debut until 1907 when he appeared against Essex at the County Ground, Leyton in a County Championship match in June.[3] He played only occasionally for Kent until 1913, never making more than five appearances for the First XI in any season,[4] but played regularly for the Second XI, captaining them for a number of years.[5]

Troughton went on an Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) tour of Argentina led by Archie MacLaren in 1911–12.[2] He played in all three first-class matches on the tour, the first first-class matches played by Argentina,[3] and scored a century in another match against Combined Camps in Buenos Aires.[2]

In 1914 Troughton succeeded Ted Dillon as Kent captain, a post he held until 1923. He played much more regularly for the First XI as captain, making 30 first-class appearances in 1914 and at least 18 in each year he was captain.[4] He scored 776 runs in 1914 and 761 in 1921, his best seasons, although his Wisden obituary described him as "never a very prominent batsman".[2] Troughton did prove, however, to be a "capable captain".[2] His final first-class season was in 1923 after which he became the club's general manager, succeeding Tom Pawley in the post. He held this post until his death in 1933.[2] He was succeeded as club captain by Stanley Cornwallis.

Military career

Troughton was commissioned, initially as a second lieutenant, in the Rifle Brigade during the First World War. He served with the 10th Battalion on the Western Front from 1915, rising to command the battalion with the rank of lieutenant colonel. In September 1916, whilst a company commander, he was awarded the Military Cross for leading his men in an attack at Guillemont with "conspicuous gallantry", as well as a Légion d'honneur, Croix d'Officiers, the first to be awarded in XIV Corps.[5][6][7] He was captured and made a prisoner of war during a German attack at Cambrai in 1917,[5][8] and was decommissioned at the end of the war.

References

  1. ^ Lionel Troughton, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Troughton, Lieut-Colonel Lionel Holmes Wood - Obituaries in 1933, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 1934. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  3. ^ a b First-class matches played by Lionel Troughton, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  4. ^ a b First-class batting and fielding in each season by Lionel Troughton, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  5. ^ a b c Lewis P (2016) "Kent's Cricketers during 1916" in Reid J (ed) 2016 Kent County Cricket Club Annual, Kent County Cricket Club, pp.65–68.
  6. ^ The History of the Rifle Brigade in the war of 1914-1918, p.96. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  7. ^ Sandford C (2014) The Final Over: The Cricketers of Summer 1914, The History Press. (Available online, retrieved 2016-04-27.
  8. ^ Horsfall J, Cave N (1999) Cambrai: The Right Hook, p.75, Casemate Publishers. (Available online, retrieved 2016-04-27.

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ted Dillon
Kent County Cricket Club captain
1914–1923
Succeeded by
Stanley Cornwallis
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