1969 English cricket season
The 1969 English cricket season
saw the inauguration of the Sunday League
(now the National League
), sponsored by the John Player
tobacco company. All matches were played on Sundays with each of the 17 first-class counties playing each other once. They were of 40 overs a side. One match each Sunday was televised by the BBC
and the idea was a commercial success, though it had its critics among cricket's "traditional" supporters.
One effect of the Sunday League was a reduction in the number of matches played by each team in the County Championship from 28 to 24. Glamorgan won the Championship title.
The West Indies toured England to compete in a test series which England won 2-0 and New Zealand toured England to compete in a test series which England won 2-0.
England had a very strong team captained by Ray Illingworth. Other notable England players included John Snow, Geoff Boycott, John Edrich, Alan Knott and Derek Underwood. John Hampshire scored a century on his Test debut versus West Indies at Lord's.
John Edrich topped the averages with 2238 runs at 69.93.
Other leading batsmen were Basil Butcher, Mushtaq Mohammed and Barry Richards, who all averaged over 50.
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