Ken Barrington

Born Nov 24, 1930

Kenneth Frank Barrington, better known as Ken Barrington, played for the England cricket team and Surrey County Cricket Club in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a right-handed batsman and occasional leg-spin bowler, well known for his jovial good humour and long, defensive innings "batting with bulldog determination and awesome concentration".… Read More

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1930 Birth Born on November 24, 1930.


1948 17 Years Old From April 1948 he commuted to London by railway for his training, having yet to see a first class cricket match. … Read More
1949 18 Years Old In the 1949 season he only had time to play one game, making 52 against Kew before he was called up for National Service. … Read More
1950 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Barrington had strong army connections and remained in the Territorial Army after his National Service ended in 1950.


1951 - 1952 2 More Events
1953 22 Years Old 1 More Event
His second match began the next day against the 1953 Australians and he was dismissed by Ken Archer (11/61) for 10 and 4 in another defeat, this time by an innings and 76 runs. … Read More
1954 - 1955 2 More Events
1956 25 Years Old 1 More Event
The Australians were touring again in 1956 and when Len Maddocks saw Barrington he told Keith Miller "This fellow looks the part; he might give us some trouble before long". … Read More
1957 26 Years Old In June 1957 Barrington's batting picked up with 12 fours and 4 sixes in his 124 not out against Gloucestershire and 103 not out against the West Indies including their famous spinners Sonny Ramadhin and Alf Valentine. … Read More
1959 28 Years Old …  His consistent run-making won him the honour of being named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year and he was an automatic choice for the forthcoming tour of the West Indies in 1959–60. … Read More


1961 30 Years Old Peter May had missed the two Tests in 1961 and declined to make the gruelling 8 Test tour of India and Pakistan in 1961–62, as did Colin Cowdrey, Fred Trueman and Brian Statham. … Read More
1962 31 Years Old 1 More Event
…  It was no surprise that he was named the Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year 1962.
1964 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Surrey made 1964 Barrington's Benefit year and with a variety of cricket and football matches, dances other fundraisers he made £10,702, the sixth highest earning benefit at the time, and enough money to buy a newly built four bedroom detached house in Feltham. … Read More
1965 34 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Even so, he was named the South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year 1965. … Read More
1966 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His hundred came off 122 balls and won him "one of the most moving ovations I have heard in Australia", and the Walter Lawrence Trophy for the fastest Test century of 1966. … Read More
1967 36 Years Old Brian Close was replaced by Colin Cowdrey for the MCC tour of the West Indies in 1967–68, his third spell as England captain and he was determined to make a success of it. … Read More
1968 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His Test career ended when he had a heart attack in Australia in 1968, even though he had several potentially fruitful years ahead of him.
1970 39 Years Old He was baptised in 1970 with Colin Cowdrey and Harry Secombe as the godfathers and Betty Surridge as the godmother. … Read More


1974 43 Years Old Barrington arranged a tour of Australia for 20 cricket fans to see the last two Tests of the 1974–75 Ashes series, when they reached the immigration queue in Australia an official recognised him, gave them food and drink and saw them through the formalities as quickly as possible; "This is the least we can do for Ken Barrington, the finest overseas player to come to Australia". … Read More
1975 44 Years Old From 1975 to 1981 he was an England selector and a regular tour manager, but died from a second heart attack on 14 March 1981 during the Third Test at Bridgetown, Barbados, where he had made his maiden Test century 21 years before. … Read More
1976 45 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Against Clive Lloyd's West Indians in 1976 he called up the 45-year-old Brian Close and 39-year-old John Edrich and they were hard hit by the West Indian fast bowlers as England lost 3–0.
1980 49 Years Old …  In 1980 the First Test was almost won when Willis took 5/65 and the West Indies struggled to a two wicket win. … Read More


…  When the day was finished, he had dinner with Ann and some friends, but when they went to bed he had a heart attack at 10:30 pm on 14 March 1981. … Read More
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