Lionel Harris was a middle-order batsmen who played for the club during the 60's, 70's and 80's.
those of you who didn't have the pleasure of playing alongside Lionel, its worth
noting that, in the eyes of many of his contemporaries Lionel was a class act.
discovered records reveal that 6ft 3" Lionel scored a total four centuries
during his Golden Hill days, each of which were not out innings. The most
impressive of these was a league 'ton' against Chipping Sodbury Second Eleven in which
Lionel reached 123 not out at the end of play. The huge score of 123 remains the
second highest league innings ever reached by a YM' player since the Bristol & District League began in 1973 and is also the
highest league total for a Second Eleven batsmen.
Lionel still graces the
First Eleven square occasionally and most recently visited
Golden Hill to meet old friends during the Ted Whale Memorial Trophy match in
the late summer of 2002.
123* v Chipping Sodbury
29 August 1941
Year Joined YMCA:
Nick Name: íL.C.í (my
initials), Els or Bomber
Playing Details: Middle-order batsmen and
occasional wicket keeper
Other clubs played for: Castle Green, Mendip Acorns,
Gloucestershire Etceteras, Hanham
Best YMCA Match Played In: The final league
game of the 1974 season against Hanham. They had to win to be promoted and we
had to win to avoid relegation. We batted and made about 75. They thought this
was going to be a doddle - until they self destructed against our Second Eleven
bowler A. Williams - a leg spinner - who ran through their team and gave us a
Favourite YMCA Batsman (past or present):
Ken Soley - so good at taking opposition attacks apart.
Favourite YMCA Bowler (past or present):
Roy Davies - left arm spinner - so accurate year after year.
Favourite Cricket Grounds: Lord's and Cape Town
Least Favourite Cricket Ground: Anywhere
that isnít enclosed like cricket grounds should be.
Favourite Professional Cricketer:
Anything Italian, Indian or Chinese
Gin & Tonic, Red Wine
Favourite Football Team:
Favourite Holiday Destinations: USA, South
Motto In Life:
If you cant be a cricketer - at least look like one!