Bob Lambert

Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Features, Issue 5 (September/October 2013), Volume 21

6Bob Lambert was one of Ireland’s greatest sportsmen. Not only did he excel at cricket but he also played badminton for the country. Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac recorded his obituary in 1957:

‘Robert Lambert was the best all-rounder produced by Ireland, for whom he played 52 times between 1893 and 1930, scoring 1,995 runs, including four centuries, average 27.70, taking 179 wickets for 18.35 runs each and holding 41 catches. He captained his country on 13 occasions. He enjoyed his greatest success towards the close of last century when in each of three successive seasons he scored over 2,000 runs and took more than 200 wickets. He hit his 100th three-figure innings at the age of 59. At the invitation of Dr W.G. Grace he made several appearances for London County. After his playing days ended, Lambert served for many years as an Irish selector and was twice president of the Irish Cricket Union. He was also an International badminton player and held the Irish Championship in 1911.’

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