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Lionel Harris was a middle-order batsmen who played for the club during the 60's, 70's and 80's.

For 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.

Recently 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.


Batting Average 20.4
Highest score 123* v Chipping Sodbury
Runs Scored 6372
Bowling Average 7.0
Best Bowling  
Wickets Taken 6

Born: 29 August 1941

Year Joined YMCA: 1962

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 comfortable win.

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: Zaheer Abbas

Favourite Food: Anything Italian, Indian or Chinese

Favourite Drinks: Gin & Tonic, Red Wine

Favourite Football Team: Arsenal

Favourite Holiday Destinations: USA, South Africa

Motto In Life: If you cant be a cricketer - at least look like one!

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