1946 County Championship

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1946 County Championship
Cricket format First-class cricket
Tournament format(s) League system
Champions Yorkshire (22nd title)
1939
1947

The 1946 County Championship was the 47th officially organised running of the County Championship. Yorkshire County Cricket Club won their 22nd Championship title.[1]

The Championship was the first for six years due to World War II and was decided on total points scored instead of the previous system of averages. All teams played 26 games.[2]

Review[edit]

The 1946 County Championship had all teams scheduled to play 26 matches, although there were many incomplete games because of the weather "may be written down as the worst in living memory".[3] Teams were awarded 12 points for a win and could also claim points for first innings lead in matches drawn or lost. In the end, the team with the most wins finished first and the team with the second most wins finished second, so the additional points did not really impact the outcome. According to Wisden in its 1947 edition, Yorkshire retained the title with "something to spare" but the competition was very close until the last few days. Middlesex and Lancashire "gave Yorkshire most reason for anxiety".[3]

Captained by Brian Sellers, Yorkshire's success was chiefly due to its two main bowlers Ellis Robinson and Arthur Booth who took 167 and 111 wickets respectively in all first-class matches. Yorkshire's pace bowlers were the veteran Bill Bowes, who played for England in 1946, and future England player Alec Coxon. They took 65 and 69 wickets respectively. Seamer Frank Smailes, who also played for England against India, took 76 wickets. Booth was the season's surprise success as he was then 43 and had been a Minor Counties player before the war. Yorkshire had recalled him after many years absence as a replacement for the late Hedley Verity and Booth made the most of frequently damp conditions that suited his type of slow left arm bowling. Yorkshire's batting depended heavily on Len Hutton, supported by veterans Wilf Barber and Maurice Leyland. Norman Yardley batted well and took part in a Test trial.

Runners-up Middlesex was captained by Walter Robins and had a very strong batting lineup led by Denis Compton. The best Middlesex bowlers were Jim Sims and Jack Young.

Final table[edit]

Position Team Played Won Lost Drawn No Dec 1st inn

lead match L

1st inn

lead match D

Points
Pts 12 4 4
1 Yorkshire 26 17 1 5 3 0 4 216
2 Middlesex 26 16 5 5 0 1 2 204
3 Lancashire 26 15 4 5 2 1 4 200
4 Somerset 26 12 6 7 1 2 3 166
5 Gloucestershire 26 12 6 4 4 1 3 160
=6 Glamorgan 26 10 8 6 2 3 3 144
=6 Kent 26 11 8 7 0 0 3 144
=8 Essex 26 8 9 8 1 2 4 120
=8 Worcestershire 26 9 12 2 3 3 0 120
10 Hampshire 26 8 15 3 0 2 2 112
=11 Leicestershire 26 7 13 4 2 2 2 100
=11 Surrey 26 6 11 7 2 3 4 100
13 Nottinghamshire 26 6 8 11 1 1 5 96
14 Warwickshire 26 7 15 3 1 1 1 92
15 Derbyshire 26 5 12 8 1 3 4 88
16 Northamptonshire 26 2 11 11 2 2 8 64
17 Sussex 26 4 11 10 1 2 1 60

Yorkshire total includes eight points for win on first innings in match reduced by weather to one day. Somerset total includes two points for tie on first innings in match lost.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Engel, Matthew (2004). Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2004, pages 493-494. John Wisden & Company Ltd. ISBN 0-947766-83-9. 
  2. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter (1983). The Hamlyn A-Z of Cricket Records. Hamlyn Publishing Group. ISBN 0-600-34667-6. 
  3. ^ a b Wisden 1947 – Notes by the Editor. Retrieved on 14 October 2009.

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