Chris Lewis (cricketer)

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Chris Lewis
Personal information
Full nameClairmonte Christopher Lewis
Born (1968-02-14) 14 February 1968 (age 51)
Georgetown, Demerara, Guyana
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
BowlingRight arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut(cap  544)5 July 1990 v  New Zealand
Last Test26 August 1996 v  Pakistan
ODI debut(cap  106)14 February 1990 v  West Indies
Last ODI23 May 1998 v  South Africa
Domestic team information
1987–1991 Leicestershire
1992–1995 Nottinghamshire
1996–1997 Surrey
1998–2000 Leicestershire
2008 Surrey
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Runs scored1,1053747,4063,959
Batting average 23.0214.3830.7324.59
Top score11733247116*
Balls bowled6,8522,62532,00411,846
Wickets 9366543312
Bowling average 37.5229.4229.8826.38
5 wickets in innings 30202
10 wickets in match0030
Best bowling6/1114/306/225/19
Catches/stumpings 25/–20/–154/–104/–
Source: Cricinfo, 9 December 2008

Clairmonte Christopher Lewis (born 14 February 1968 [1] ) [2] is an English former cricketer, who played for Nottinghamshire, Surrey and Leicestershire in the 1990s. He played in 32 Test matches and 53 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for England between 1990 and 1998.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

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Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club english cricket club

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Nottinghamshire. The club's limited overs team is called the Notts Outlaws. The county club was founded in 1841 but Nottinghamshire teams formed by earlier organisations, essentially the old Nottingham Cricket Club, had played top-class cricket since 1771 and the county club has always held first-class status. Nottinghamshire have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.

Surrey County Cricket Club English cricket club

Surrey County Cricket Club is a first-class club in county cricket, one of eighteen in the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Surrey, including areas that now form South London. Teams representing the county are recorded from 1709 onwards; the current club was founded in 1845 and has held first-class status continuously since then. Surrey have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England, including every edition of the County Championship.


Lewis was regarded as an aggressive lower-order batsman, fine fast-medium bowler and an able all-round fielder. He was regarded as a colourful player of the game, who never quite lived up to his early potential. [2] He was later convicted of drug smuggling.

Fielding (cricket) action of fielders in collecting the ball after it is struck by the batsman, in such a way either to limit the number of runs that the batsman scores or to get the batsman out by catching the ball in flight or running the batsman out

Fielding in the sport of cricket is the action of fielders in collecting the ball after it is struck by the batsman, to limit the number of runs that the batsman scores and/or to get the batsman out by catching the ball in flight or by running the batsman out. There are a number of recognised fielding positions, and they can be categorised into the offside and leg side of the field.

International career

His century in Madras on the occasion of his 25th birthday, on England's 1993 tour of India, gave hope for a bright international future. [2]

Chennai Megacity in Tamil Nadu, India

Chennai, also known as Madras, is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest cultural, economic and educational centre of south India. According to the 2011 Indian census, it is the sixth-most populous city and fourth-most populous urban agglomeration in India. The city together with the adjoining regions constitute the Chennai Metropolitan Area, which is the 36th-largest urban area by population in the world. Chennai is among the most-visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. It was ranked the 43rd-most visited city in the world for the year 2015. The Quality of Living Survey rated Chennai as the safest city in India. Chennai attracts 45 percent of health tourists visiting India, and 30 to 40 percent of domestic health tourists. As such, it is termed "India's health capital". As a growing metropolitan city in a developing country, Chennai confronts substantial pollution, as well as other logistical and socio-economic problems.

Lewis was labelled "The Prat without a Hat" by The Sun , after he was forced off the field with sunstroke having shaved his head and not worn any protection, during the first match of England's tour of the West Indies in 1994.

<i>The Sun</i> (United Kingdom) Tabloid newspaper from the United Kingdom and Ireland

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Domestic career

Lewis always felt he was driven out of county cricket after alleging that three England teammates had taken bribes to throw matches (a charge that was never substantiated). He was subsequently jeered by crowds and cold-shouldered by players, including his county teammates.[ citation needed ] It coincided with a decline in his form, and he left professional cricket, aged just 32.

County cricket cricket matches played between teams that are representative of the historic counties of England and Wales

Inter-county cricket matches are known to have been played since the early 18th century, involving teams that are representative of the historic counties of England and Wales. Since the late 19th century, there have been two county championship competitions played at different levels: the County Championship, a first-class competition which currently involves eighteen first-class county clubs among which seventeen are English and one is from Wales; and the Minor Counties Championship, which currently involves nineteen English county clubs and one club that represents several Welsh counties.

In 2006, he captained Clifton Cricket Club, in the Central Lancashire Cricket League, where he opened the batting and the bowling. In his spare time, he also coached children in Berkshire.

Clifton Cricket Club is an English cricket club based on Manchester Road (A666) in Clifton, Salford.

The Central Lancashire Cricket League (CLCL) is a fifteen team cricket league, traditionally based in Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. It is now based in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire. The league runs competitions at First Team, Second Team, Third Team, Under 18, Under 15, Under 13 and Under 11 levels.

Berkshire County of England

Berkshire is a county in South East England. One of the home counties, Berkshire was recognised by the Queen as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters patent were issued in 1974. Berkshire is a county of historic origin, a ceremonial county and a non-metropolitan county without a county council. The county town is Reading.

He played four games for Stockton in the Newcastle District Cricket Association in 2007/08. [3]

In 2008, Lewis re-signed for Twenty20 matches for Surrey, in light of his bowling experience. [4] However, his comeback was short and unsuccessful. He played one Friends Provident Trophy game, in which he conceded 51 runs in six overs, and one Twenty20 match. He took no wickets in either. [5]

Lewis captained his boyhood Wembley Cricket Club in the Middlesex County Cricket League in 2016.[ citation needed ]

Cocaine smuggling

On 8 December 2008, Lewis was arrested at Gatwick Airport on suspicion of smuggling 3.37 kilograms of liquid cocaine, with a street value of about £140,000, into the United Kingdom on a flight from Saint Lucia. [6] [7]

After a trial at Croydon Crown Court, on 20 May 2009 Lewis and basketball player Chad Kirnon were found guilty and sentenced to 13 years in prison. [8] [9] He was released in June 2015 after serving 6 years of his sentence at HMP High Down. [10]

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