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Robert Drummond Lambert
  • Born 12 May 1908 Dublin
  • Died June 1994 Banbury Oxfordshire
  • Educated Rossall School, Fleetwood, Lancashire
  • Occupation
  • Debut 19 July 1930 v Sir Julien Cahn's XI at College Park
  • Cap Number 370
  • Style Right hand bat, right arm fast medium
  • Teams Leinster

Drummond Lambert was a good opening bowler and useful lower order batsman besides being a member of one of Ireland's leading cricket families, as the son of the great Bob Lambert, brother of Ham and nephew of Sep. If his cricket career was, perhaps, the least distinguished of the quartet, he remained a formidable performer, who was much respected at club level.

He was educated at Rossall School on the Lancashire coast, where his brother Ham was to follow, somewhat more briefly. He was a member of the School 1st XI in 1925 and 1926. One of his best matches, showing all round skill, came in the latter season in a two day encounter with Shrewsbury School, always powerful opposition. Batting first Rossall totalled 187, with Drummond, at 8, second top score with 33. However the visitors replied with 268, Drummond taking three wickets including Shrewsbury's leading batsman David Moore, who went on to score four first class hundreds, including 206 for Gloucestershire v Oxford University in 1930, when he added 220 for the second wicket with Wally Hammond.

Drummond had made his Leinster debut in 1924 while still at school and continued to play for the Rathmines club until 1937, taking 196 wickets at 13.62 in competitive matches. His appearances, 99 in all, became somewhat spasmodic as the years went on.

His one match for Ireland came against Sir Julien Cahn's XI a strong side, at College Park in June 1930. He had two first wickets for 14, bowling second change, having FWH Nicholas caught at the wicket by AP Kelly for 19 and former "one cap wonder" England leg spinner Tom Richmond caught by David Pigot (The First!) for 0. He had Nicholas again in the second innings, bowled for 67. Nicholas was a well known amateur batsman in club cricket and had scored over 2000 runs in all matches for Cahn's side the previous year. He had won football and athletics blues while at Oxford but had not played a first class cricket match for the University.

Ireland lost the match by 51 runs. Despite fine batting by George McVeagh, their batting was no match for the leg spin of Walter Robins. That was no disgrace. Robins had played in the first two Ashes Tests of the season, dismissing Bradman in the first one. The Don, on his first tour of England, scored a little matter of 974 runs in the series. Drummond avoided being dismissed by Robins, falling to paceman Harry Munt in the first innings and Richmond in the second. This was, however, to be Robert Drummond Lambert's only match for Ireland. Two weeks later his father Bob was to play his last!

Edward Liddle, June 2011

International Matches
View Match Ireland lost to Sir Julien Cahn's XI by 51 runs (3 Day, College Park, 19 July 1930)