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Leslie Ethelbert George Ames CBE  ( 1905 - 1990 )

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born in Elham 1905
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died in Canterbury 1990
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occupation Professional cricketer
Biography
 1905 Kent and England cricketer born in Elham. Les Ames
 1929 Les Ames is Wisden cricketer of the year and makes his England debut Wisden
 1935 Sailed on the "Coronado" from Kingston Jamaica to Bristol
 1939 Sailed on the "Stirling Castle" (Union-Castle) to Durban South Africa
 1940 Commssioned RAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for Physical Training Duties) RAF history
 1944 Commanding Officer, RAF Harrogate (for flying training?)
 1951 Sailed on the "Chusan" (P&O) to Bombay
 1967 Managed MCC tour to West Indies
 1968 Managed MCC tour to Sir Lanka
 1973 Awarded CBE for services to cricket
 1978 Death of wife Leonie Muriel
 1990 Former Elham resident Leslie Ethelbert George Ames CBE; who died suddenly at his home in Canterbury on February 26 1990 - aged 84 - was without a doubt the greatest wicketkeeper-batsman the game has so far produced; and yet - at the time he was playing - it used to be said there were better wicketkeepers than Ames - and that he was in the England team because of his batting. If this was so would Jardine - for example - have preferred him to Duckworth in Australia in 1932-33? Surely not. When fully fit - Ames was England's first-choice wicketkeeper from 1931 to 1939 - when he virtually gave up the job. For Kent - he was an integral part of their Championship side from 1927 to the first match of 1951 - when a sharp recurrence of back trouble - which had dogged him for so long - brought his career to an end while he was actually at the crease. By this time he had amassed 37248 runs - average 43.51 - made 102 hundreds - including nine double-hundreds - and passed 1000 runs in a season seventeen times - going on to 3000 once and 2000 on five occasions. He had had a direct interest in 1121 dismissals - of which more than 1000 were effected when he was keeping wicket. His total of 418 stumpings is easily a record. In Test cricket - Ames played 47 matches - scoring 2434 runs with a batting average of 40.56 - and taking 74 catches - and 23 stumpings. Record 8th wicket partnership in all tests of 246 with GO Allen :Made 123 in the pre-lunch session of the 1923 test against South Africa (a record for runs in a session): Scored centuries against every first-class county apart from Kent. Unusually for a wicket-keeper - he also bowled over 200 overs - taking 24 first-class wickets with a bowling average of 33.37. Ames was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1929. He was a pupil at the Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone and he also played five times for Gillingham FC. Wisden obituary
 1995 Death of wife Jane Burgoyne Templeton
 1996 Wasim Akram & Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan) put on 313 for the 8th wicket v Zimbabwe @ Sheikhupura in 1996 to break Les Ames' & Sir 'Gubby' Allen's world record. The record is now held by Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad with their stand of 332 v Pakistan @ Lord's (fourth and final test match 2010).
Biography

1905
Kent and England cricketer born in Elham.

Les Ames

1929
Les Ames is Wisden cricketer of the year and makes his England debut

Wisden

1935
Sailed on the "Coronado" from Kingston Jamaica to Bristol

1939
Sailed on the "Stirling Castle" (Union-Castle) to Durban South Africa

1940
Commssioned RAF (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for Physical Training Duties)

RAF history

1944
Commanding Officer, RAF Harrogate (for flying training?)

1951
Sailed on the "Chusan" (P&O) to Bombay

1967
Managed MCC tour to West Indies

1968
Managed MCC tour to Sir Lanka

1973
Awarded CBE for services to cricket

1978
Death of wife Leonie Muriel

1990
Former Elham resident Leslie Ethelbert George Ames CBE; who died suddenly at his home in Canterbury on February 26 1990 - aged 84 - was without a doubt the greatest wicketkeeper-batsman the game has so far produced; and yet - at the time he was playing - it used to be said there were better wicketkeepers than Ames - and that he was in the England team because of his batting. If this was so would Jardine - for example - have preferred him to Duckworth in Australia in 1932-33? Surely not. When fully fit - Ames was England's first-choice wicketkeeper from 1931 to 1939 - when he virtually gave up the job. For Kent - he was an integral part of their Championship side from 1927 to the first match of 1951 - when a sharp recurrence of back trouble - which had dogged him for so long - brought his career to an end while he was actually at the crease. By this time he had amassed 37248 runs - average 43.51 - made 102 hundreds - including nine double-hundreds - and passed 1000 runs in a season seventeen times - going on to 3000 once and 2000 on five occasions. He had had a direct interest in 1121 dismissals - of which more than 1000 were effected when he was keeping wicket. His total of 418 stumpings is easily a record. In Test cricket - Ames played 47 matches - scoring 2434 runs with a batting average of 40.56 - and taking 74 catches - and 23 stumpings. Record 8th wicket partnership in all tests of 246 with GO Allen :Made 123 in the pre-lunch session of the 1923 test against South Africa (a record for runs in a session): Scored centuries against every first-class county apart from Kent. Unusually for a wicket-keeper - he also bowled over 200 overs - taking 24 first-class wickets with a bowling average of 33.37. Ames was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1929. He was a pupil at the Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone and he also played five times for Gillingham FC.

Wisden obituary

1995
Death of wife Jane Burgoyne Templeton

1996
Wasim Akram & Saqlain Mushtaq (Pakistan) put on 313 for the 8th wicket v Zimbabwe @ Sheikhupura in 1996 to break Les Ames' & Sir 'Gubby' Allen's world record. The record is now held by Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad with their stand of 332 v Pakistan @ Lord's (fourth and final test match 2010).

Marriages
(Ages +/-1)
Year   Reg. DistrictChurchNameAgeSpouseAgeCurate
1930 Elham  Leslie Ethelbert George Ames24Leonie Muriel File22 
1980 Wallasay Cheshire  Leslie Ethelbert George Ames74Jane Burgoyne Templeton Arnold70 
Demography
(Elham Parish only)
YearNamePropertyAddressRelationConOccupationAgeBorn  
1911Leslie E G AmesChichester HouseChichester PlaceSon  5Elham Kent
Relationships
(Calculated from the demography records)
Name Relation GBornPlaceDiedPlaceOccupation
Harold AmesFatherM1875Smeeth1959CanterburyAsst Overseer Rated Tax Collector
Edith BroadbridgeMotherF1878Elham1945Elham 
Nellie Isabelle AmesSisterF1902Elham