Batting – How To Assess Success, Part 1

Some old school logic, aligned to the beliefs of Robert Baddeley “Bob” Simpson AO, on how to properly assess the performance of a batsman over a season in Premier / Grade cricket.

  • Compile a list of all the performances.
  • Take out the two best and the two worst.
  • Take out any second innings runs when the match result has not altered.

QED: What you have left in total and average is typically reflective of the batsman’s true ability.

Harsh? Maybe.

Accurate? Reasonably.

To challenge this theory, an examination of recent seasons in NSW, QLD & Victoria. These states have dominated the upper order in the national team. How strong is the depth at the level below? Is 600 runs regarded as a good enough season? Should the measure of quality be 1000+ runs?

Top runs scorers in Premier / Grade cricket NSW, QLD & Victoria recently.

  • 2014/15 – NSW = Phillip Wells 1096 @ 109.6 & Adam Crosthwaite 1076 @ 63.3
  • 2014/15 – QLD = Ryan Broad 823 @ 48.4 & Andrew Robinson 801 @ 57.2
  • 2014/15 – VIC = Ben Fletcher 877 @ 62.6 & David King 806 @ 44.7
  • 2013/14 – NSW = Nicholas Larkin 866 @ 43.3 & John DiBartolo 854 @ 47.4
  • 2013/14 – QLD = Andrew Robinson 1134 @ 54.0 & Daniel Wilson 826 @ 41.3
  • 2103/14 – VIC = Simon Hill 972 @ 57 & Aaron Ayre 910 @ 39.5

More competition information can be found at the following MyCricket links:

In Part 2 we will look at whether the “Simpson Logic” holds true in these cases and how this method shifts the perception of success over a season.

About Andrew Walton

Cricket exposure as a player, coach, fan, observer, analyst & tragic! Coach at Melbourne Cricket Club. Academy coach at Karnataka Institute of Cricket, Bangalore.
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