Somerset mourns the passing of Lewis Pickles

Somerset County Cricket Club is mourning the loss of Lewis Pickles who sadly passed away recently at the age of 88.

Lewis, who was a top order right handed batsman, was born in Wakefield on 17th September 1932 and played in a number of Second XI matches for his native Yorkshire before going off to do his National Service where he served in the Royal Army Service Corp.

While he was in the army Lewis was stationed near Taunton and in 1953, on the recommendation of fellow Yorkshireman Johnny Lawrence, he was invited to play for Somerset against the RAF.

In 1955 when he completed his National Service, Lewis signed a two-year contract for which he was paid the princely sum of £250 per season.

He made his debut against Surrey at the Oval in 1955 where in both innings he was dismissed by England spinner Tony Lock.

Lewis enjoyed his best season in 1956 during which he made 1137 runs and scored his career best of 87 against a Lancashire side that included England bowlers Brain Statham and Roy Tattersall, at Old Trafford, as a result of which he was awarded his County Cap during Weston-super-Mare cricket week.

However, Lewis was unable to repeat his form in the following seasons. After four years at Somerset, his contract was not renewed and he went off to play cricket in Scotland as a professional for Fife where he was based in Dunfermline.

After three years in Scotland he returned to his native county where he played in the Bradford League, firstly for Pudsey St Lawrence (Len Hutton’s former side) before moving to join Lightcliffe CC, where he appeared between 1970 and 1985.

During his time with Somerset he played in 47 First Class matches in which he scored 1702 runs, which included eight half centuries, at an average of 20.50

In addition to playing cricket, Lewis worked as an accountant which he continued to do until he retired.

For many years Lewis was a regular at the Somerset Former Players gatherings at Taunton, and made his final appearance when they last got together in 2019.

Obituary supplied by Richard Walsh

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