1970 English cricket season

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1970 English cricket season
1969
1971

The 1970 English cricket season was marked by controversy when a tour by South Africa was forced to be abandoned in view of mounting opposition to the apartheid policy maintained by that country's then government. The tour which was due to feature tests at Lord's, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, Headingley and the Oval was officially cancelled by Home Secretary James Callaghan.[1] Instead, England played a highly successful series of unofficial Tests against a Rest of the World XI which was captained by Gary Sobers and included some of the best South African players such as Graeme Pollock, Eddie Barlow, Mike Procter and Barry Richards. These matches were promoted as Tests at the time, but were not recognised as such by the International Cricket Conference. Alan Jones played for England only in this series, and had the unfortunate experience of thinking that he had played in Tests only subsequently to discover that he had not.

Kent won the County Championship title.[2] [3]

Honours[edit]

Test series[edit]

County Championship[edit]

Gillette Cup[edit]

Sunday League[edit]

Leading batsmen[edit]

1970 English cricket season – leading batsmen by average
Name Innings Runs Highest Average 100s
Garfield Sobers 32 1742 183 75.73 7
Tom Graveney 34 1316 114 62.66 2
Glenn Turner 46 2379 154* 61.00 10
Rohan Kanhai 37 1894 187* 57.39 7
Geoffrey Boycott 42 2051 260* 55.43 4
1970 English cricket season – leading batsmen by aggregate
Name Innings Runs Highest Average 100s
Glenn Turner 46 2379 154* 61.00 10
Roy Virgin 47 2223 178 47.29 7
Brian Bolus 53 2143 147* 48.70 2
Geoffrey Boycott 42 2051 260* 55.43 4
Pasty Harris 49 1914 120 42.53 3

Leading bowlers[edit]

1970 English cricket season – leading bowlers by average
Name Balls Maidens Runs Wickets Average
Keith Wheatley 641 31 253 15 16.86
Majid Khan 558 28 207 11 18.81
Don Shepherd 6741 420 2031 106 19.16
Barry Wood 1722 80 601 31 19.38
Norman Gifford 5795 331 2092 105 19.92
1970 English cricket season – leading bowlers by aggregate
Name Balls Maidens Runs Wickets Average
Don Shepherd 6741 420 2031 106 19.16
Norman Gifford 5795 331 2092 105 19.92
Fred Titmus 6640 320 2804 105 26.70
Robin Hobbs 4416 178 2183 102 21.40
Garth McKenzie 4420 187 1860 91 20.43

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Evans, and Christopher Warman. "Callaghan's sense of pace bowled Cricket Council." Times [London, England] 23 May 1970". Times Digital Archives. 
  2. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter (1983). The Hamlyn A-Z of Cricket Records. Hamlyn Publishing Group. ISBN 0-600-34667-6. 
  3. ^ Engel, Matthew (2004). Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2004, pages 493-494. John Wisden & Company Ltd. ISBN 0-947766-83-9. 

Annual reviews[edit]

External links[edit]