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Born January 7, 1901, Hampstead, London
Died September 19, 1970, Islington, London (aged 69 years 255 days)
Major teams England, CI Thornton's XI, Gentlemen, Harlequins, HDG Leveson-Gower's XI,
Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex, Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Greville Stevens was beyond question one of the outstanding amateurs of his time. A fine batsman and bowler of legbreaks and googlies, he came to the fore when in the XI at University College School from 1917 to 1919. He attracted special attention in the last year with an innings of 466 in a house match, and that season he was accorded the signal honour for a schoolboy of inclusion in the Gentlemen's team against the Players at Lord's. Middlesex readily appreciated his worth and they called upon his services in 1919. Upon his debut in first-class cricket, he took 10 Hampshire wickets at Lord's for 136 runs, and the next summer he helped Middlesex to win the County Championship. Not surprisingly, he gained his Blue as a Freshman at Oxford in 1920 and he remained a valued member of the University side for the following three years, being captain in 1922.