1963 English cricket season


1963 English cricket season

Infobox cricket season
season = 1963 English cricket season


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cricket formats = first-class cricket and limited overs cricket
tourists = West Indies
county champions = Yorkshire
knockout cup winners = Sussex
national league winners =
most runs = Brian Bolus (2190)
most wickets = Derek Shackleton (146)
most victims = David Evans (89)
most catches = Alan Oakman (47)

The 1963 English cricket season marked the beginning of limited overs cricket at List A level with the inauguration of the knockout competition that was originally called the Gillette Cup. It also included a memorable Test series against West Indies. Off the field, the year saw the publication of the hundredth edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, as well as the deaths of two cricketing knights, Sir Jack Hobbs and Sir Pelham Warner.

Honours

*County Championship - Yorkshire
*Gillette Cup - Sussex
*Minor Counties Championship - Cambridgeshire
*Second XI Championship - Worcestershire II
*Wisden - Brian Close, Charlie Griffith, Conrad Hunte, Rohan Kanhai, Gary Sobers

County Championship Table

Note: Northamptonshire gained five points instead of two in drawn match when scores finished level and they were batting.

Test Series

"Main article: West Indian cricket team in England in 1963"

There was a memorable series between England and West Indies. The tourists won 3-1 with one match drawn. The Lord's Test had one of the most exciting finishes ever and all four results were possible with two balls to be bowled: it ended as a draw with England's last pair five runs behind. Colin Cowdrey had had to come out at number 11 with a broken arm, but did not have to face a ball.

As a result of the great success of this series, England's future home Test programme was revised so that West Indies could return in 1966, much earlier than originally planned. This was done by introducing "twin tours", in which two countries would each play three Tests against England in the course of a season.

Leading batsmen

Gary Sobers topped the averages with 1333 runs @ 47.60

Leading bowlers

Charlie Griffith topped the averages with 119 wickets @ 12.82

External sources

* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Seasons/1963_ENG.html CricketArchive – season summary]

Annual reviews

* Playfair Cricket Annual 1964
* Wisden Cricketers Almanack 1964


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