Laurie Johnson (cricketer) is confirmed dead at the age of 92.
Laurie was best known as a Barbadian cricketer (Derbyshire).
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Laurie Johnson
Personal information
Full nameHubert Laurence Johnson
Born(1927-11-08)November 8, 1927
St Michael, Barbados
DiedFebruary 4, 2020(2020-02-04) (aged 92)
BowlingRight-arm off-spin
Domestic team information
First-class debut18 June 1949 Derbyshire v Gloucestershire
Last First-class20 August 1966 Derbyshire v Glamorgan
List A debut22 May 1963 Derbyshire v Hampshire
Last List A21 May 1966 Derbyshire v Essex
Career statistics
CompetitionFirst-classList A
Runs scored1428669
Batting average26.4013.80
Top score15432
Balls bowled1178
Bowling average39.14
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling3–12
Source: [1], 16 April 2011
Hubert Laurence Johnson (8 November 1927 - 4 February 2020) was a West Indies-born cricketer who played first-class cricket for Derbyshire between 1949 and 1966. He scored over 14,000 runs for the club in the first-class game.
Johnson was born at Pine Hill, St Michael, Barbados. He was educated at The Lodge School, well known as the cradle of cricket in Barbados, where he benefited from the coaching of Leslie Arthur "Bessie" Walcott. Johnson was invited to the BCA trials in 1945 and in 1946 he was part of the Barbados team to Trinidad, but did not play. However, he scored centuries against Combermere, Spartan and Wanderers, and then migrated to England to train as a sugar industry engineer.
He played for the Swarkestone Cricket Club, and appeared for Derbyshire in 2nd XI matches in 1947 and 1948. He made his first-class debut against Gloucestershire in June 1949 and made 23 and 6 in the match. He played regularly in the first and second Derbyshire teams in 1949 and 1950, but then returned to British Guiana. He reappeared for Derbyshire in 1955 and was a first team regular for the next ten years. He built up his scoring rate to reach over 1400 runs in 1959 and then became a top scorer. In 1960 he hit his first centuries with 140 against Glamorgan, 130 against Essex, 113 against Lancashire and 109 against Leicestershire. In 1961 he scored 122 against Gloucestershire, 119 against Essex, 116 against Leicestershire and 112 against Hampshire. In 1962 he made his top score of 154 against Leicestershire, and scored 108 against Somerset and 114 against Sussex. He scored five centuries in 1964 with 137 against Nottinghamshire, 132 against Somerset, 101 against Warwickshire, 101 not out against the Australians and 100 against Middlesex. The run rate fell back in 1965 and 966 and he ended his career at the end of the 1966 season. For the last four years he played in the ListA Gillette Cup competition.
Johnson was a right-hand batsman and played 606 innings in 351 first-class matches to make 14,286 runs. He scored 16 centuries with a top score of 154 and an average of 26.40. He was a right-arm off-break bowler and took 21 first-class wickets with an average of 39.14 and a best performance of 3 for 12. He also stood in as wicket keeper for Bob Taylor and took two wickets by stumping in 1964.
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