1985 John Player Special League

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1985 John Player Special League
Administrator(s) Test and County Cricket Board
Cricket format Limited overs cricket
(40 overs per innings)
Tournament format(s) League
Champions Essex (3rd title)
Participants 17
Matches played 136
Most runs 663 Bill Athey (Gloucestershire)
Most wickets 26 Kevin Curran (Gloucs)/Norman Gifford (Warwicks)
1984
1986

The 1985 John Player Special League was the seventeenth competing of what was generally known as the Sunday League. The competition was won for the third time by Essex County Cricket Club.

Rain affected most rounds of the Sunday League that season with a lot of abandoned, (27 no results, 20% of fixtures) and shortened matches. On July 7, at Knypersley, Derbyshire established a league record by hitting 18 sixes in their score of 292-9 from 40 overs. In the final round of matches on September 15, Essex beat Yorkshire at Chelmsford to retain the Sunday League. Sussex finished second and Hampshire finishing third.[1]

Essex had a great record in that season's three one day competitions. Also winning the NatWest Trophy and finishing runners up in the third competition Benson and Hedges Cup.


Standings[edit]

Team Pld W T L N/R A Pts R/R
Essex (C) 16 9 1 3 2 1 44 5.026
Sussex 16 10 0 5 0 1 42 5.065
Hampshire 16 8 0 4 2 2 40 5.225
Derbyshire 16 8 0 5 2 1 38 4.980
Northamptonshire 16 7 1 4 2 2 38 5.118
Gloucestershire 16 8 0 8 0 0 32 5.263
Leicestershire 16 5 1 5 4 1 32 4.408
Warwickshire 16 7 0 7 0 2 32 5.460
Yorkshire 16 6 0 6 1 3 32 5.263
Kent 16 6 0 7 1 2 30 4.790
Somerset 16 5 0 6 2 3 30 4.875
Middlesex 16 5 0 7 3 1 28 4.657
Nottinghamshire 16 6 0 8 1 1 28 5.178
Glamorgan 16 4 1 7 2 2 26 4.544
Lancashire 16 3 2 6 2 3 26 4.873
Worcestershire 16 5 0 9 1 1 24 5.346
Surrey 16 4 0 9 3 0 22 5.349
Team marked  (C)  finished as champions.

Source: CricketArchive[2]

Batting averages[edit]

Bowling averages[edit]

See also[edit]

Sunday League

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benson and Hedges Cricket Year Fourth Edition: September 1984 to September 1985 Editor David Lemmon Guild Publishing London
  2. ^ "John Player Special League 1985 Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2011-01-18.