County Championship 2013 – statistical epilogue

Cricket fans adore statistics. For most of you, the sport itself is just a convenient means of generating data. Numbers are your true love.

Here are some.

Most runs

  1. Gary Ballance (Yorkshire) – 1,251
  2. Wayne Madsen (Derbyshire) – 1,221
  3. Sam Robson (Middlesex) – 1,180

Best batting averages (at least 10 innings)

  1. Ed Joyce (Sussex) – 65.76
  2. Gary Ballance – 62.55
  3. Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) – 58.18

Most wickets

  1. Graham Onions (Durham) – 70
  2. Steve Magoffin (Sussex) – 63
  3. Tim Murtagh (Middlesex) – 60

Best bowling averages (at least 20 wickets)

  1. Graham Onions – 18.45
  2. Ryan Sidebottom (Yorkshire) – 20.30
  3. Tim Murtagh – 20.40

And a nod to Usman Arshad of Durham for his 16 wickets at 15.56 as well.

Conclusion

Ballance was the only batsman to hit five hundreds; Nottinghamshire’s Michael Lumb managed four. Graham Onions was the only bowler to take five five-fors; Ollie Raynor and Chris Jordan both managed four.

The more metrics you consider, the more the season appears to revolve around just two men. The other names may change, but Graham Onions and Gary Ballance appear on every list.

England’s Ashes squad now makes both more and less sense.

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1 Appeal

  1. You make it sound like we’re all nerdy maths geeks who find more pleasure in numbers than in real life. Come on, give us a break! That’s hardly fair.

    By the way, I assume you chose these particular data because if you add them all together (including of course the number of centuries scored by Gary Balance) you get the smallest integer with exactly 13 different divisors. Nice, well done.

    There was another interesting number on the news this morning:

    Number of properly operating backs owned by Michael Clarke and James Pattinson: 0

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