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Denis Leng, the Bradford League bowler who played for Ireland, dies aged 85

Denis Leng, the Bradford League bowler who played for Ireland, dies aged 85

Have you heard about the player who was born in Pudsey and played six times for Ireland?

Well-known Bradford League cricketer Denis Leng, who has died aged 85, achieved the feat between 1966 and 1968.

The medium pacer, who took 615 Bradford League wickets at 17.43, made six appearances for Ireland - including two against the Australian tourists in 1968.

Leng played for six different clubs, Brighouse, Windhill, Idle, Baildon, Farsley and Bankfoot between 1956 and 1976.

He had two spells with both Idle and Farsley and as his record shows, he was a consistent performer. His most successful season was 1973 when he took 66 wickets for Farsley in Division Two, while his best haul in Division One was the 64 wickets he took for Idle in 1959.

Leng, who also spent time playing for Calverley in the Aire-Wharfe League, was a regular spectator at Baildon in recent years.

The much-loved husband of Margaret, father of Duncan, Philip and Liz, granddad to James and Emily, and great grandad to Aurelia, Harrison and Charlie, passed away following a long fight with dementia and other long-standing health issues

DENIS LENG'S LEAGUE RECORD
Year Club Div Ovs M Runs Wkts Ave
1956 Brighouse 1 179 30 709 41 17.29268
1957 Brighouse 1 206 29 868 51 17.01961
1958 Windhill 2 239 45 865 37 23.37838
1959 Idle 1 323 66 1033 64 16.14063
1960 Idle 1 302 76 872 60 14.53333
1961 Idle 1 297 57 890 53 16.79245
1963 Baildon 2 266.2 48 819 35 23.4
1964 Farsley 1 335 75 960 48 20
1965 Farsley 1 8 2 14 0 0
1972 Idle 1 243 65 723 43 16.81395
1973 Farsley 2 290 89 717 66 10.86364
1974 Bankfoot 1 257 64 732 43 17.02326
1975 Bankfoot 1 245 64 715 45 15.88889
1976 Bankfoot 1 260.5 53 803 29 27.68966
Career Totals 3451.1 763 10720 615 17.43
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