On this day in – 6th September 1990- Yorkshire mourns the death of Sir Len Hutton

As Yorkshire cricketing legends go, Sir Len Hutton is very near the top. Born in the small village of Fulneck near Pudsey, he soon became a young cricketing talent and was mentored by his neighbour and Yorkshire opener, Herbert Sutcliffe. Known for his technical excellence, Hutton became a prominent force for the White Rose, which led to an England call up. In 1938 Hutton famously broke the record for the highest test score, when he scored 364 runs. In 1951 the opener reached the landmark of one hundred first class hundreds and became the first professional England captain one year later. After 513 first class matches Len Hutton compiled 40,140 runs at an average of 55.51, which puts him among the elites of the sport. His efforts earned him a knighthood in June 1956, just after his retirement from the game.

In later life he became a national selector, writer and commentator on the game, along with a stint as honoary president leading up to his death. He passed away, aged 74, at Kingston upon Thames hospital on 6th September 1990, after a period of ill health. The gates at the entrance to Headingley cricket ground were built in 2001 as a commemoration to him.

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