1969 English cricket season

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1969 English cricket season

The 1969 English cricket season saw the inauguration of the Sunday League (now the National League), sponsored by the John Player tobacco company. All matches were played on Sundays with each of the 17 first-class counties playing each other once. They were of 40 overs a side. One match each Sunday was televised by the BBC and the idea was a commercial success, though it had its critics among cricket's "traditional" supporters.

One effect of the Sunday League was a reduction in the number of matches played by each team in the County Championship from 28 to 24. Glamorgan won the Championship title.[1][2]

The West Indies toured England to compete in a test series which England won 2-0 and New Zealand toured England to compete in a test series which England won 2-0.[2]


Test series

West Indies tour

England had a very strong team captained by Ray Illingworth. Other notable England players included John Snow, Geoff Boycott, John Edrich, Alan Knott and Derek Underwood. John Hampshire scored a century on his Test debut versus West Indies at Lord's.

New Zealand tour

County Championship

Gillette Cup

Sunday League

Leading batsmen

John Edrich topped the averages with 2238 runs at 69.93.

Other leading batsmen were Basil Butcher, Mushtaq Mohammed and Barry Richards, who all averaged over 50.

Leading bowlers

Alan Ward was the leading bowler, with an average of 14.82, but he took only 69 wickets, whereas four bowlers took over 100 wickets each. These were Mike Procter, Derek Underwood, Tom Cartwright and Don Wilson, who all averaged less than 17.50.


  1. ^ Engel, Matthew (2004). Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2004, pages 493-494. John Wisden & Company Ltd. ISBN 0-947766-83-9. 
  2. ^ a b Wynne-Thomas, Peter (1983). The Hamlyn A-Z of Cricket Records. Hamlyn Publishing Group. ISBN 0-600-34667-6. 

Annual reviews

External links

  • CricketArchive – season and tournament itineraries

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