Items From The Collection Of Leo Harrison (Hampshire 1939-1966)

Leo Harrison was a right-hand bat and wicketkeeper who made his first-class debut in 1939 aged 17. He played 396 matches for Hampshire, scoring 8,854 runs at an average of 17.49. His career highest score was 153. In all, he scored 6 centuries. An outstanding fielder, after the War he became Hampshire's first choice wicketkeeper taking a total of 573 catches and 103 stumpings despite poor eyesight which required him to play in glasses, and was a member of the Hampshire side that won the County Championship for the first time in 1961. His final match for Hampshire was in 1966 making him the last professional player from the pre-War years to play first-class cricket after the War. In the 1960s he took up coaching positions in Argentina and Rhodesia, as well as at Hampshire. Harrison was a close friend of John Arlott who described him as "Honest as the day and a trier to the last gasp himself, he finds it hard to forgive anything which is not straight, or any cricket played with less than full effort. Know Leo Harrison and you must trust him and like him".

Lot 465:
Lot 465
William Albert Stanley 'Bert' Oldfield. New South Wales & Australia 1919-1938. A 'W.A. (Bert) Oldfield Pty. Ltd.' business card with handwritten message in ink to verso in Oldfield's hand and signed 'Bert'. Dated 7th August 1970. Sold with three small white cards signed by Australian Test cricketers, Ernie McCormick, Neil Hawke and Geoff Dymock. Qty 4. VG
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 466
Sussex C.C.C. Original title page from the Jubilee edition of the Sussex Official Guide nicely signed in ink by twenty Sussex players. Signatures include Martin, Melville, Bowley, Nawab of Pataudi, Perks, Cox, Tate, James Langridge, Quaife, W.L. Cornford, J.H. Cornford, Parks etc. Rough tear to left edge, vertical and horiztonal folds, adhesive mark to verso, otherwise in good condition. Nice signatures
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £28
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Lot 467
George Francis Hearne. Marylebone Cricket Club 1882. Handwritten single page letter in ink on M.C.C. Lord's Cricket Ground letterhead, dated 4th June 1894. The letter to C.H. [Charles Henry] Hulls (Somerset 1885, 1 match) enquiring about his availability for matches to be played in June 1894. Nicely signed George F. Hearne. Horizontal folds, pin holes to top corner, laid down to left edge, otherwise in good condition. Sold with a further letter dated 22nd July 1881 to Hulls from W.S.M. Goodenough, Hon. Sec., requesting his availability to play for 'L.C.C.' at the Clifton Club, Bath on 2nd August, and to the verso, further handwritten fixtures at Knole Park and Bath. Horizontal and vertical folds, adhesive mark to verso, otherwise in good condition. Qty 2
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £55
George F. Hearne was a member of the notable Hearne cricketing family. He served for many years as M.C.C. pavilion clerk. 'L.C.C.' appears to be Lansdown Cricket Club who play to this day at Combe Park, Bath
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Lot 468
F.S. Ashley-Cooper. Cricket writer. Handwritten card in ink from Ashley-Cooper regarding the purchase of some books. 'The prices you mention seem reasonable - if one really desires the books that is. You would be asked much more by the publishers'. Signed 'F.S.H.' and dated 21st July 1928. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: unsold
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Lot 469
John Daniell. Somerset & Cambridge University 1898-1927. Single page handwritten letter in ink on Somerset C.C.C. official letterhead, dated 15th October 1955. Writing in his capacity as Hon. Secretary, Daniell is replying to an enquiry as to whether he has any connections with Somerset rugby. 'I have nothing at all to do with Rugby Football in Somerset... As a matter of fact the whole of West Country football is at the lowest ebb it has been for years, very slow, quite unintelligent & not a single personality'. Nicely signed John Daniell. Adhesive mark to verso, folds, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £50/70
Hammer price: unsold
Daniell captained Somerset 1908-1912 and 1919-1926. An excellent rugby player he captained England in 1900, 1902 and 1904 and later became President of the Rugby Football Union
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Dennis Victor Dyer. Natal & South Africa 1939-1949. Three page handwritten letter in ink from Dyer to John Arlott, dated 14th June 1948. Dyer writes to thank Arlott for a complimentary copy of Arlott's recently published book, 'Gone to the Cricket'. He looks forward to seeing Arlott on the forthcoming M.C.C. tour to South Africa, admires Denis Compton's innings of 154no at Trent Bridge against Australia, 'What a truly great player he is... Please give my kindest regards to our "pain in the neck" but at the same time grand fellows Bill Edrich & Denis Compton, & also to Norman Yardley, Len Hutton & the rest of the lads doing battle for England just now'. He closes with a short rhyme. Nicely signed by Dyer. G/VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £48
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Lot 471
Thomas Godfrey Evans. Kent & England 1939-1967. Two page handwritten letter in ink written on airmail paper, undated from Evans to John Arlott. Evans is replying to Arlott's request 'for information on my early life' and describes his boxing career and interest in horse riding. Regarding boxing Evans states, 'As you know I had 3 fights and I can only remember the name of two (2) of the opponents D.M. Smith and Abby Boyes - Abby Boyes was the second fight at Plumstead Baths the other two were on Herne Bay Pier. The 1st two were KO's in the 2nd round with the old "one two" straight left followed by right cross to the jaw. My tactics were always to let the opposition come in; get a little to [sic] confident & then counter with the one two when they were unprepared, so no fight really finished in 12 seconds'. Regarding horses, 'The name of the horse I rode the day I had to chase back to kennels was "Jack Tar" - my dress was riding boots, brown corduroy britches, riding jacket and cap. NOT the scarlet jackets that the huntsmen wear'. Signed 'Godfrey. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £80
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Henry Edgar Grace, son of W.G. Grace. Two page handwritten letter in ink to 'Dear "Dick Bell"' dated 20th April [1930]. Grace thanks the correspondent for 'your kind and sympathetic letter' following the death of his mother, Agnes. He reports on the improving health of his brother, Charlie (Charles Butler Grace, London County 1900), 'we nearly lost him and all his family. I am glad to say they are all on the mend now'. He continues, 'I was promoted to Vice-Admiral on April 1st and placed on the retired list the next day as there are not enough appointments to go round' and enquires as to whether there may be any suitable appointments available. He closes by describing how 'Our middle girl, Gladys, had a miraculous escape when she crashed from over 2000 feet last month... [she] was allowed out of bed for a few minutes today for the first time... a fracture across her forehead and a badly sprained ankle were her only injuries'. Signed 'H. Edgar Grace'. G
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: £85
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George Herbert Hirst. Yorkshire 1891-1929. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Hirst to 'Jack' [Lees]. The letter dated 31st December 1947 with original envelope. 'It is nice to hear that Rawdon did so well and I trust that you had a good share in that fine record. I should like to meet again your dad and other friends who were always so kind to me but age and distance says no with thanks... Mrs Hirst and myself keep fair and live a good life. I saw a lot of County and Club cricket. We are pretty good in young batters but I am not so sure about our bowling so you must find us a bowler or two. Rawdon found in Hedley [Verity] one of the best bowlers of all time. I wish you could do this again'. Signed 'G.H. Hirst'. G/VG
Estimate: £70/100
Hammer price: unsold
Jack Lees was a member of Rawden C.C. for some 75 years as a player, secretary, treasurer and President. Notable Yorkshire players who began their careers at the club include Brian Stott, Hedley Verity and Brian Close. Hirst visited regularly to give coaching
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Lot 474
Ikram Elahi. Sind, East Pakistan & Karachi 1953-1970. Single page typed aerogramme letter to John Arlott, undated but probably early 1960s. Elahi is writing to thank Arlott for his support in getting a position as professional at Rishton C.C. in the Lancashire League. Nicely signed in ink by Elahi. G
Estimate: £30/50
Hammer price: £15
Ikram Elahi was a member of the 1954 Pakistan touring party to England and 1957/58 to West Indies but played in no Tests. He played in the Lancashire League 1962-1967, but not for Rishton
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Lot 475
Alan Falconer Kippax. New South Wales & Australia 1918-1936. Single page handwritten letter in ink dated 7th June 1934 on Langham Hotel, London letterhead while on the 1934 tour to England. Kippax is replying to a request for autographs of the Australia players, 'but as it is rather difficult to find them all together you must forgive me for not sending the lot. Nicely signed 'Alan Kippax'. G
Estimate: £60/90
Hammer price: unsold
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Pelham Francis Warner. Oxford University, Middlesex & England 1894-1920. Early four page handwritten letter in ink dated 'Wednesday' (probably 30th November 1898), to 'Dear Hutchinson'. Warner is writing a few days before departing for Lord Hawke's tour to South Africa in 1898/99, and opens by complaining about the condition of some recently returned photographs, 'several of them have dirty spots on the picture and in many instances the photo has been folded up and marked off in a manner which makes it almost worthless for sticking into a scrap book or framing. Do please ask them to be more careful with the South African photos'. He continues by asking for a copy of 'the "Windsor" for Jany 1899' to be sent to him in Cape Town and offers to send some photographs 'and about 1500 words about the middle of Feb... It might then get into the March number'. Nicely signed 'Pelham F. Warner'. In a side note Warner states, 'By the way - my initials are P.F. not F.P.'. Two ink blots to the first page, otherwise in good condition
Estimate: £120/180
Hammer price: unsold
The touring party led by Lord Hawke sailed from Southampton on 3rd December 1898 for the tour on which two Test matches were played. Warner making his Test debut scored 132no in England's second innings of the first Test at Johannesburg to help them to a 32 run victory. A victory by 210 runs in the second Test at Cape Town clinched the series 2-0
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Canon John Henry Parsons. Warwickshire, Europeans & M.C.C. 1910-1934. Two page handwritten letter in ink from Parsons to John Arlott, dated 10th March 1959. The subject of the letter relates to 'Gubby Allen's remarks re. "throwing" or "jerkying". I do hope you agree that the fundamental wrong is this dragging of the back foot. I believe there is to be a meeting at Lord's on Tuesday 17th March of the Advisory County Cricket Committee. What about you having a crack at this business in the Observer on Sunday next- Could you get me letter published'. Signed 'Jack Parsons'. G/VG
Estimate: £50/80
Hammer price: £50
The controversy of dubious bowling actions was an issue in the 1958/59 M.C.C. tour to Australia where Australian bowlers Rorke and Meckiff, and the occasional spinner Jim Burke were considered chief offenders, with Tony Lock's action also under suspicion. Famously Ian Meckiff's Test career ended in 1963 when he was no-balled four times in the only over he bowled for Australia against South Africa. Gubby Allen and Don Bradman locked horns over the issue in 1960
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Lot 478
Glamorgan C.C.C. 1947-1997. A selection of ten letters and signed compliment slips relating to Glamorgan cricket. Letters include two to John Arlott from and signed by Wilf Wooller, one in which Wooller congratulates Arlott on his appointment to The Observer newspaper and unrest at the Club in 1958. Other letters are from George Davies to Arlott, Don Shepherd, Allan Watkins etc. G
Estimate: £40/60
Hammer price: £25
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Lot 479
Gloucestershire C.C.C. 1961-2005. Six letters relating to Gloucestershire cricket, two written to John Arlott. Correspondents are Dennis A'Court, Arthur Milton (two letters), Tony Brown (three letters) and David Allen. G
Estimate: £30/40
Hammer price: £48

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