Decade Review 2009

Bob Barber      

Full name Robert William Barber

Born September 26, 1935, Withington, Manchester, Lancashire

Current age 82 years 119 days

Major teams England, Cambridge University, Lancashire, Warwickshire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Robert William Barber
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 28 45 3 1495 185 35.59 1 9 3 21 0
First-class 386 651 52 17631 185 29.43 17 90 210 0
List A 37 36 1 977 114 27.91 2 4 7 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 28 42 3426 1806 42 4/132 6/139 43.00 3.16 81.5 1 0 0
First-class 386 31798 16176 549 7/35 29.46 3.05 57.9 12 0
List A 37 213 117 5 2/11 2/11 23.40 3.29 42.6 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jun 9-14, 1960 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at Manchester, Jun 6-11, 1968 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1954 - 1969
List A span 1963 - 1971

At the end of 1962, the distinction between amateurs and professionals was abolished, and everyone just became a cricketer. At the same time Bob Barber, a cautious amateur with Lancashire, changed counties and became a carefree cricketer with Warwickshire. At Edgbaston Barber blossomed into a feisty attacking left-hander, strong on the drive and pull. He enjoyed a good tour of South Africa in 1964-65, and a tremendous trip to Australia the following year. The highlight was a stroke-filled 185 on the first day of the third Test at Sydney, which set up a thumping win. Sadly for England, that was almost the end of the story. Business claimed Barber increasingly afterwards - he made lots of money out of those blue tablets you put in your loo cistern to cleanse the water - and he faded out of first-class cricket in 1969. Barber was also a big-turning if somewhat erratic legspinner who averaged one and a half wickets per Test - but his 42 victims is still in the most by any England wrist-spinner since the Second World War apart from Doug Wright (81).
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Sep 3, 1966

Peter May hands the Man of the Match award to Bob Barber, Warwickshire v Worcestershire, Gillette Cup final, Lord's, September 3, 1966

Peter May hands the Man of the Match award to Bob Barber

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Bob Barber

Bob Barber

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May 11, 1965

Bob Barber bats, Warwickshire v Surrey, The Oval, 11th May 1965

Bob Barber bats

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1967

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