1946 English cricket season

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1946 English cricket season
1945
1947

The 1946 cricket season was the 349th in England since the earliest known definite reference to cricket in January 1597 (i.e., Old Style – 1598 New Style), and the 47th in which the County Championship has been an official competition. It was the first full season of first-class cricket to be played in England after World War II. It featured a three-match Test series between England and India, which was arranged at short notice. Meanwhile, Yorkshire retained the County Championship title, having been the last pre-war champions in 1939. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1947 edition), in its review of the 1946 season, remarked that "the weather in 1946 might have been dreadful, but it didn't stop the crowds flocking to games".[1]

Honours[edit]

Test series[edit]

England managed to arrange a three-match series against India, whose team was captained by former England player Iftikhar Ali Khan, the Nawab of Pataudi and included Vinoo Mankad, Vijay Merchant and future Pakistan captain Abdul Hafeez Kardar.

England won the First Test thanks to Alec Bedser's 11 wickets on his debut. The Second Test was drawn after India's last two batsmen held out for the final 13 minutes with England well ahead, Bedser again having taken 11 wickets in the match. The Third Test was also drawn after being ruined by persistent rain.

Mankad was recognised by Wisden as one of its "Five Cricketers of the Year".

County Championship[edit]

Leading batsmen – all first-class matches[edit]

1946 English cricket season – leading batsmen by average
Name Innings Runs Highest Average 100s
Walter Hammond 26 1783 214 84.90 7
Vijay Merchant 41 2385 242* 74.53 7
Cyril Washbrook 43 2400 182 68.57 9
Denis Compton 45 2403 235 61.61 10
Martin Donnelly 29 1425 142 52.77 6
Micky Walford 10 472 141* 52.44 2
1946 English cricket season – leading batsmen by aggregate
Name Innings Runs Highest Average 100s
Denis Compton 45 2403 235 61.61 10
Cyril Washbrook 43 2400 182 68.57 9
Vijay Merchant 41 2385 242* 74.53 7
Laurie Fishlock 46 2221 172 50.47 5
Dennis Brookes 48 2191 200 50.95 7
Jack Robertson 58 2114 128 38.43 5

Leading bowlers – all first-class matches[edit]

1946 English cricket season – leading bowlers by average
Name Balls Maidens Runs Wickets Average
Arthur Booth 5504 423 1289 111 11.61
Johnnie Clay 4874 204 1742 130 13.40
Austin Matthews 4160 215 1329 93 14.29
Ellis Robinson 6830 354 2498 167 14.95
Bill Bowes 3578 203 987 65 15.18
1946 English cricket season – leading bowlers by aggregate
Name Balls Maidens Runs Wickets Average
Eric Hollies 9168 433 2871 184 15.60
Tom Goddard 7862 358 3095 177 17.48
Ellis Robinson 6830 354 2498 167 14.95
Jack Walsh 5962 144 3012 148 20.35
Sam Cook 6739 327 2477 133 18.62

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wisden 1947 – Review of 1946 season. Retrieved on 29 September 2009.

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