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.
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:
- NSW = http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/home.aspx?entityid=4&save=0&mode=1
- QLD = http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/home.aspx?entityid=12832&save=0&mode=1
- VIC = http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/home.aspx?entityid=3&save=0&mode=1
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.