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David Humphries (1953 - 2020)

David Humphries (1953 - 2020)

Leicestershire County Cricket Club is saddened to learn of the passing of former player, David Humphries.

Though best remembered as a wicket keeper batsman for Worcestershire, his first professional cricket was with Leicestershire.

A Shropshire lad, he first played at Lord’s in the showpiece young cricketer game between the English Schools Cricket Association and the Public Schools in 1971. By then though he was playing successfully for Shropshire in the Minor Counties Championship.

He came from a cricketing family, his father and brothers all playing to a high standard. He spent 1974 to 1976 with Leicestershire and it was quite apparent he was a class act, both behind the stumps and as a left handed batsmen. His chance of progression were limited because Roger Tolchard was very much in his prime.

In all the matches he played for various teams for the club he scored almost 3,000 runs and dismissed almost 150 batsman. He was part of the Under 25 team’s victory in the ‘Warwick Pool’ competition in 1975. His top first class score was 62 not out, sharing an unbeaten partnership with Roger Tolchard of 111.

Whilst with Leicestershire he played club cricket with the Birmingham League club West Bromwich Dartmouth.

He had been such a fabulous team member (affectionately known as Humpty) that everyone was happy that he got his deserved first team cricket when he joined Worcestershire at the end of 1976. There he spent 10 successful years.

Richard Holdridge - Club Historian


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Warwick Pool Under 25 County Cricket Competition Winners

Left to Right; Nick Cook, Martin Schepens, John Smith, Nigel Briers, Paddy Clift, David Humphries, official, Terry Spencer (Captain), Peter Veasey, official, David Gower, Robin Jones.

Leicestershire beat Middlesex in the Final, played at Edgbaston. The Middlesex team include Mike Gatting, Roland Butcher and Wayne Daniels. David Humphries is sadly the third of the Leicestershire team to die in the last year (Terry Stretton and Terry Spencer being the others)