1964 English cricket season

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The 1964 English cricket season saw Australia retain The Ashes as Bob Simpson led them through a hard-fought series, with only one match coming to a definite result.

In domestic cricket, Worcestershire won the County Championship for the first time in their history, and Sussex retained the Gillette Cup List A competition.

Honours[edit]

County Championship Table[edit]

Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn No Dec 1st inn

lead match L

1st inn

lead match D

Points
Pts 10 2 2
1 Worcestershire 28 18 3 6 1 0 5 191
2 Warwickshire 28 14 5 9 0 0 5 150
3 Northamptonshire 28 12 4 11 1 0 5 130
4 Surrey 28 11 3 13 1 0 9 129
5 Yorkshire 28 11 3 14 0 0 8 126
6 Middlesex 28 9 6 12 1 2 9 112
7 Kent 28 9 6 12 1 3 6 108
8 Somerset 28 8 8 8 4 4 4 96
9 Sussex 28 8 9 10 1 1 3 88
10 Essex 28 7 11 8 2 5 3 86
11 Glamorgan 28 7 7 12 2 1 6 84
=12 Derbyshire 28 5 9 12 2 4 5 68
=12 Hampshire 28 5 8 14 1 1 5 68
14 Lancashire 28 4 10 13 1 4 8 64
15 Nottinghamshire 28 4 13 11 0 3 4 54
16 Leicestershire 28 3 18 5 2 7 0 44
17 Gloucestershire 28 3 15 10 0 2 4 43

Notes: Surrey and Worcestershire one point each for tie on first innings in match drawn; Gloucestershire and Hampshire one point each for tie on first innings in match lost. Hampshire five points in drawn match when scores finished level and they were batting.

Test series[edit]

Australia retained the Ashes by beating England 1-0. Australia won the Third Test at Headingley and the other four were all drawn. In the match that Australia won, they were 187-7 in reply to England's 268 when Ted Dexter decided to take the new ball. In response, Peter Burge, the last recognised batsman, went on the attack. He scored 160, well supported by Neil Hawke and Wally Grout, and the last three wickets added 211. 121 behind on first innings, England could not recover. Since a draw in the Fourth Test at Old Trafford would ensure that Australia would retain the Ashes, they batted on till they had reached 656-8 before declaring, with Bobby Simpson scoring 311, his first Test century. England responded with 611 (Ken Barrington 256, Ted Dexter 174) and the match ended in the dullest of draws.

Leading batsmen[edit]

1964 English cricket season – leading batsmen by average
Name Innings Runs Highest Average 100s
Ken Barrington 35 1872 256 62.40 4
Bob Simpson 38 1714 311 57.13 5
Brian Booth 36 1551 193* 55.39 3
Colin Cowdrey 37 1763 117 55.09 4
Tom Graveney 51 2385 164 54.20 5
Geoff Boycott 44 2110 177 52.75 6
Bob Cowper 29 1287 113 51.48 3
Mickey Stewart 44 1980 227* 50.76 6
1964 English cricket season – leading batsmen by aggregate
Name Innings Runs Highest Average 100s
Tom Graveney 51 2385 164 54.20 5
Eric Russell 56 2342 193 45.92 5
Mike Brearley 54 2178 169 44.44 5
Geoff Boycott 44 2110 177 52.75 6
Bob Wilson 49 2038 156 46.31 4

Leading bowlers[edit]

1964 English cricket season – leading bowlers by average
Name Balls Maidens Runs Wickets Average
Jim Standen 2534 131 832 64 13.00
Len Coldwell 4417 211 1518 98 15.48
Tony Nicholson 3490 159 1193 76 15.69
Tom Cartwright 6878 502 2141 134 15.97
Ian Thomson 5543 293 1891 116 16.30
1964 English cricket season – leading bowlers by aggregate
Name Balls Maidens Runs Wickets Average
Derek Shackleton 8568 568 2897 142 20.40
Roger Harman 6787 385 2858 136 21.01
Tom Cartwright 6878 502 2141 134 15.97
Fred Titmus 6813 441 2106 123 17.12
Ray Illingworth 6074 374 2131 122 17.46
Alan Dixon 6700 306 2915 122 23.89

External sources[edit]

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993
  • Ray Robinson, On Top Down Under, Cassell, 1975