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Ray Illingworth      

Full name Raymond Illingworth

Born June 8, 1932, Pudsey, Yorkshire

Current age 85 years 19 days

Major teams England, Leicestershire, Yorkshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Relation Son-in-law - AA Metcalfe

Raymond Illingworth
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 61 90 11 1836 113 23.24 2 5 3 45 0
ODIs Insights on odi 3 2 0 5 4 2.50 18 27.77 0 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 787 1073 213 24134 162 28.06 22 105 446 0
List A 218 144 55 2380 79 26.74 0 4 58 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 61 100 11934 3807 122 6/29 7/29 31.20 1.91 97.8 5 3 0
ODIs Insights on odi 3 2 130 84 4 3/50 3/50 21.00 3.87 32.5 0 0 0
First-class 787 117860 42020 2072 9/42 20.27 2.13 56.8 104 11
List A 218 8097 4686 186 5/20 5/20 25.19 3.47 43.5 3 3 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jul 24-29, 1958 scorecard
Last Test England v West Indies at Lord's, Aug 23-27, 1973 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard
Last ODI England v New Zealand at Manchester, Jul 20, 1973 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1951 - 1983
List A span 1967 - 1983
Profile

Ray Illingworth's glittering reputation as a cricket strategist was unfortunately compromised by his three-year stint as chairman of selectors, which came when he had nothing to gain in public esteem. In his time as captain, which embraced an Ashes-winning tour, his insistence on fielding only players of his choice was seen as a sign of independence. But when, as chairman, he denied his captains the same right, apparent strength of mind was exposed as pig-headedness. The most damaging example was his refusal to let Mike Atherton have Alec Stewart, rather than Illy's choice Jack Russell, keeping wicket in the 1996 World Cup. Illingworth's greatest gift as captain lay in creating the illusion that he had 14 or 15 players on the field: so expertly did he block a batsman's favourable scoring strokes that when the opposition were in trouble it must frequently have seemed that there were no runs on offer anywhere. In that, Illingworth was much helped by the accuracy of his own offspin - a miserly 1.91 runs per over in his 61 Tests. He was a shade under 6ft tall, and sturdily built. His batting, normally at No. 6 or 7, was built on an orthodox technique and absolute determination not to give away his wicket, which was reflected by a fifth of his innings finishing not out, sometimes to the disadvantage of his teams. Despite that, a droll sense of humour and a fund of reminiscences made him one of the best-liked players of his time.
John Thicknesse

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Mar 2016

A café in the building that used to house the cabinet-making workshop of Ray Illingworth's father, in Farsley, Yorkshire, March 2016

A café in Farsley, Yorkshire

© Emma John

Mar 2016

Ray Illingworth with his great-grandchildren, March 2016

Ray Illingworth with his great-grandchildren

© Emma John

Sep 2014

Ray Illingworth at Farsely Cricket Club

Ray Illingworth at Farsely Cricket Club

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1960

Country Fixtures Country Results
Durham v Worcs at Chester-le-Street - Jun 26-29
Durham 197 Worcs 367 (86.4 ov)
Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford - Jun 26-29
Middlesex 246 Essex 106/0 (36 ov)
Glamorgan v Derbyshire at Cardiff - Jun 26-29
Derbyshire 288 Glamorgan 188/7 (78 ov)
Hampshire v Somerset at Southampton - Jun 26-29
Hampshire 211/9d Somerset 43/1 (19 ov)
Northants v Leics at Northampton - Jun 26-29
Northants 261 & 60/3 (16 ov) Leics 157
Notts v Kent at Nottingham - Jun 26-29
Kent 180 & 35/1 (9 ov) Notts 371
Sussex v Gloucs at Hove - Jun 26-29
Sussex 358/9d Gloucs 31/0 (7 ov)
Warwickshire v Lancashire at Birmingham - Jun 26-29
Lancashire 273 Warwickshire 184/7 (89.4 ov)
Yorkshire v Surrey at Leeds - Jun 26-29
Surrey 516/7d Yorkshire 27/1 (10.5 ov)
ENG Women v PAK Women at Leicester - Jun 27
ENG Women won by 107 runs (D/L method)
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