Matches (13)
ZIM v WI (1)
SA20 (2)
ILT20 (1)
WT20WC Warm-up (5)
Super Smash (1)
Super Smash (W) (1)
BPL 2023 (2)

Full Name

Robert William Barber


September 26, 1935, Withington, Manchester, Lancashire


87y 133d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak Googly

Playing Role


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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Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
List A3736197711427.9124null70
List A37null21311752/112/1123.403.2942.6000
Bob Barber portrait
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Debut/Last Matches - Player
FC Matches
1954 - 1969
List A Matches
1963 - 1971
Peter May hands the Man of the Match award to Bob Barber
Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla (left) and Bob Barber walk out to start their innings
Bob Barber
Bob Barber bats
Bob Barber