Charles Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham

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Charles Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham

9th Governor-General of New Zealand and English cricketer add

Category: Politics

Born in 1909.

Countries: New Zealand (43%), United Kingdom (43%), France (14%)

Main connections: Bill Merritt (cricketer), Outward Bound, Denis Evers

Linked to: Cambridge University Cricket Club, Canterbury Association, Eton College, Oxford University Cricket Club




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Charles Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham was born in 1909 add something


Lyttelton enjoyed a fairly substantial career in first-class cricket, playing more than 90 times for Worcestershire in the 1930s and captaining the club between 1936 and 1939 add something


He graduated with a law degree in 1932 add something


He made his first-class debut against Gloucestershire in June 1932, but made a duck in his only innings and did not reappear for two years add something


Lyttelton joined the Territorial Army in 1933 add something


He played five times in 1934, but it was only the following season that he became established in the side, playing about twenty matches a year from until the Second World War, with the exception of 1937 when he appeared only twice add something


However, after 1935 his bowling became a largely occasional part of his game, and with the exception of nine wickets in 1938 he never again took more than three in a season add something


Denis Evers - He played only once in 1937, but made four appearances the following year, standing in as captain on the last three of those occasions in the absence of usual captain Charles Lyttelton


His most productive year was 1938, when he scored 741 runs at an average of 21,17 add something


Lyttelton's highest score was the 162 he made against Leicestershire in 1938, but he made many other useful if lesser contributions with the bat, reaching fifty on 14 further occasions add something


He serviced in World War II with the Expeditionary Force in France from 1940 add something


Lord Cobham married Elizabeth Alison Makeig-Jones on 30 April 1942 at Chelsea, London add something


He was commander of the 5th Regiment from 1943 add something


However, his father died in 1949, and Lyttelton succeeded him as Viscount Cobham, precluding a career as a Commoner add something


Lyttelton's cricketing career proper ended with the outbreak of war, but he played for an "MCC New Zealand Touring Team" against a strong "London New Zealand Club" side in 1954, taking two wickets including that of Bill Merritt add something


Cobham visited New Zealand in 1950 in relation to property holdings in Christchurch add something


Cobham became the ninth Governor-General of New Zealand on 5 September 1957 add something


Remarkably, however, he made a one-off return to first-class action aged 51 in February 1961, more than two decades after his previous appearance at that level, when as New Zealand Governor-General he captained an eponymous side against MCC at Auckland; he showed he still had ability with a handy first-innings 44 from number ten in the order add something


He opened the Outward Bound school in Anakiwa near Picton in September 1962, which bears his name add something


He visited the school again during 1966 and was pleased with the progress that had been made add something


Lyttelton was made Honorary Colonel of Queen's Own Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry on 1 April 1969 add something

Charles Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham died in 1977 add something


He died in Marylebone, London , on 20 March 1977, and was survived by his wife and children add something