Lee c Lee b Lee!

A family with cricketers is not uncommon in today’s age. We have brothers playing together on so many occasions.

The match in question here is between English county teams Middlesex and Somerset at Lord’s in the year 1933. What was special about this match was that all three Lee brothers were playing in the match. The three brothers were Harry Lee (eldest), Jack Lee and Frank Lee (youngest); while Harry played for Middlesex, Jack and Frank migrated to Somerset and played for that county.

Somerset batted first in the match as Jack and Frank opened the innings for them. They were bowled out for a small score of 253 runs; Middlesex batting second were reduced to 92 for five but recovered to end at 266, having taken a lead of 13 runs.

What was bizarre was something that you will probably see often in one’s backyard cricket. When Middlesex were batting in their first innings, Harry was the opener and he scored a gritty 82 before he was caught by his brother Frank off the bowling of his other brother Jack!

So the scorecard read: H Lee c F Lee b J Lee for 82.

While all the three brothers bowled in the match, Jack was the most successful picking up a fifer in the first innings; however it was Harry who had the last laugh as Middlesex went on to win the match by 82 runs. Harry had earlier played in one Test match for England and Jack, serving as a private in the Pioneers, was killed during the early part of the Normandy campaign in July 1944.