1996 English cricket season

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1996 English cricket season
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The 1996 English cricket season was the 97th in which the County Championship had been an official competition. England hosted tours by India and Pakistan, who each played three Tests and three ODIs. Against India, England were unbeaten, winning the Test series 1–0 and the ODI series 2–0. However, against the Pakistanis England lost 2–0 in the Tests, and had to console themselves with a 2–1 ODI series victory.[1] [2]

In Hampshire's game against the Indians just before the third Test, Hampshire's Kevan James took four wickets in consecutive balls and then scored a century. This was the first time this particular "double" had ever been achieved in a first-class match.

The County Championship was won by Leicestershire for the second time (after 1975), and they celebrated their already certain title by defeating Middlesex by an innings on the last day of the season. Leicestershire finished 27 points in front of Derbyshire.[3] [4]

In one-day cricket, the AXA Equity and Law League was won by Surrey on run rate from Nottinghamshire, while Lancashire claimed the honours in both the NatWest Trophy and the Benson & Hedges Cup. The best bowling figures of the season were claimed by Glen Chapple of Lancashire who took 6–18 in the NatWest Trophy final against Essex, in which the southern county were bowled out for an embarrassing 57.

Vince Wells' score of 201 in an earlier round of the NatWest Trophy was at the time only the fourth List A double century to have been scored.

Honours[edit]

Statistical highlights[edit]

First-class

List A

Test series[edit]

India tour[edit]

Pakistan tour[edit]

County Championship[edit]

Sunday League[edit]

NatWest Trophy[edit]

Benson & Hedges Cup[edit]

Averages[edit]

First-class[edit]

Batting Qualification: eight innings

English first-class batting averages, 1996
Player Team(s) M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
Sourav Ganguly India 9 14 6 762 136 95.25 3 4
Saeed Anwar Pakistan 10 19 1 1,224 219* 68.00 5 4
Graham Gooch Essex 17 30 1 1,994 201 67.03 8 6
Herschelle Gibbs South Africa A 8 14 1 867 183 66.69 2 5
Adam Hollioake Surrey 17 29 6 1,522 129 66.17 5 8
Inzamam-ul-Haq Pakistan 9 14 2 792 169* 66.00 3 4

Bowling Qualification: ten wickets

English first-class bowling averages, 1996
Player Team(s) Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM
Shahid Nazir Pakistan 282 8 164 12 4–43 13.66 0 0
Saqlain Mushtaq Pakistan 1,001 43 456 29 6–52 15.72 2 0
Curtly Ambrose Northamptonshire 1,708 80 717 43 6–26 16.67 5 1
Courtney Walsh Gloucestershire 3,159 142 1,432 85 6–22 16.84 7 1
Phil Simmons Leicestershire 2,188 87 1,021 56 6–14 18.23 3 0
Dimitri Mascarenhas Hampshire 552 21 297 16 6–88 18.56 1 0

List A[edit]

Batting Qualification: eight innings

English List A batting averages, 1996
Player Team(s) M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
Peter Martin England, Lancashire 29 12 11 78 35* 78.00 0 0
Dean Jones Derbyshire 22 21 4 1,151 142 67.70 6 3
Andy Hayhurst Somerset 14 10 6 263 67* 65.75 0 2
Michael Bevan Yorkshire 22 21 5 1,023 98* 63.93 0 9
Robert Cunliffe Gloucestershire 10 10 2 479 137* 59.87 2 2
Paul Johnson Nottinghamshire 21 20 7 765 99* 58.84 0 7

Bowling Qualification: ten wickets

English List A bowling averages, 1996
Player Team(s) Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI
Adam Hollioake England, Surrey 998 4 835 56 5–44 14.91 2
Owen Parkin Glamorgan 300 6 196 12 5–28 16.33 1
Shaun Pollock Warwickshire 1,113 18 726 44 6–21 16.50 2
Michael Bevan Yorkshire 277 3 237 14 5–29 16.92 1
Dermot Reeve Warwickshire 591 9 356 21 4–23 16.95 0
Kevan James Hampshire 690 4 552 31 6–35 17.80 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INDIA IN ENGLAND, APR-JUL 1996 (3 TESTS)". ESPN Cricinfo. 
  2. ^ "PAKISTAN IN ENGLAND, JUN-SEP 1996 (3 TESTS)". ESPN Cricinfo. 
  3. ^ Engel, Matthew (2004). Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2004, pages 493-494. John Wisden & Company Ltd. ISBN 0-947766-83-9. 
  4. ^ "Alan Lee Cricket Correspondent. "Leicestershire encouraged by coincidence." Times [London, England] 19 Sept. 1996". The Times Digital Archive. 

External sources[edit]

Annual reviews[edit]