Ken Barrington
Ken Barrington
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".
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Milestones: England vs India Test series - Cricket Country
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Only Wally Hammond (114 innings), Len Hutton (116) and Ken Barrington (116) did so in fewer innings for England. # At Nottingham, Stuart Broad became the 12th England player and 36th bowler in Test cricket to take a hat-trick
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Ken Barrington inducted into ICC Hall of Fame -
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PTI London: Former England batsman Ken Barrington was on Friday inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the tea interval of the fourth and final Test between England and India at The Oval here. The late Barrington's commemorative cap was
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England v India: England's history of whitewashes -
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The batting of Ken Barrington, Colin Cowdrey and the bowling of Fred Trueman was too much for an uncohesive India side. England on the rise, West Indies in disarray. Michael Vaughan, Marcus Trescothick, Robert Key and Andrew Flintoff shone while the
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England's best cricket XI since 1967 - The Roar
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Graham Gooch (c), Geoff Boycott, John Edrich, David Gower, Ken Barrington, Ian Botham, Alan Knott (wk), Fred Titmus, John Snow, Derek Underwood, Bob Willis. I should point out I only just caught the tail-end of Barrington's and Titmus' careers in
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Ton-up Cook punishes India - AFP
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Only five players -- Walter Hammond (22), Colin Cowdrey (22), Geoff Boycott (22), Ken Barrington (20) and Cook's mentor Graham Gooch (20) -- have now made more Test centuries for England than the 26-year-old Essex opener, currently playing in his 71st ... - -
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Indian MP, former United Nations Under-Secretary General, and cricket fan -
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If that were enough, the likes of Thilan Samaraweera (54.08) and Ken Barrington (58.67) would have to be mentioned in the same breath as Bradman and Tendulkar, while Clive Lloyd (46.67) and Adam Gilchrist (47.60) would fail to make the cut
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Four hundred and ninety for the first wicket -
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His brother Peter shone with the ball, taking ten in the match, including dismissing Geoff Boycott and Ken Barrington for 0 and 1 which meant England ended day one on 16 for 2. Birth of Indian pace bowler Venkatesh Prasad, who was often Javagal
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Cricket: Comparing Sachin Tendulkar And Jacques Kallis - Keeda of Sports
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Names such as Wally Hammond, Len Hutton, Neil Harvey, George Headley, Dudley Nourse, Everton Weekes, Graeme Pollock, Javed Miandad, Viv Richards, Allan Border and Ken Barrington are some that instantly spring to mind. Then there are many others I am
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Clarence Parfitt - one of Bermuda's greats - Royal Gazette
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“They won the toss and sent us in and skittled out for 75 runs, so Ken Barrington, the captain, said 'oh, we can make mincemeat of these Village cricketers'. “I said 'I'm going to show you what these Village cricketers are going to do to you'
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England v India, First Test day two, Lord's, as it happened - BBC Sport (blog)
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From BBC Sport's Paul Grunill: "Pietersen is playing his 128th innings in Test cricket - and only Wally Hammond (114), Len Hutton and Ken Barrington (both 116) have got to 6000 runs faster for England." Still no sign of the rain we'd been warned about
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James Lawton: Trott eschews centre stage but sums up beauty of Test theatre - The Independent
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Patsy Hendren, Ted Dexter, Ken Barrington and Cook all hit six consecutive Test fifties. 24 Andrew Strauss has fallen to left-arm pace bowlers 24 times in 152 Test innings. Perhaps more relevant, Zaheer Khan has snared Strauss six times in 11 innings
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Australia's consistency, fewer draws, and other trends -
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Among these batsmen, Sunil Gavaskar has the best average (65.45 against West Indies) followed by Ken Barrington and Garry Sobers, who have averages of 63.96 and 61.28 against Australia and England respectively
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India-England Test Series Statistics - Yahoo! Cricket
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Graham Gooch - 752 in 1990, Michael Vaughan - 615 in 1992, Ken Barrington - 594 in 1961-62 and Mike Gatting - 575 in 1984-85. Graham Gooch has to his credit most runs in a series in India-England Test series. Bhagwath Chandrashekhar {95}, Anil Kumble
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Jonathan Trott's only aim is helping the team win Test series -
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By Daily Express Reporter JONATHAN TROTT'S Test average of 62.23 is higher than Ken Barrington, Len Hutton and Denis Compton – and every other post-War England batsman for that matter. But he claims he does not even know that record, as his only aim is
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'Ian Botham's Ashes': The myths, the legends and me - The Guardian (blog)
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After all the tension involved in this episode in Guyana, the wrong kind of tension, the kind that really upset the manager, Ken Barrington. Ken, who was a great friend and mentor for the team, died in Barbados. No wonder Botham's cricket – and the
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The Barbados-sier - Mid-Day
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THAT the 1980-81 tour of West Indies was a tough one for England's assistant manager and former batting great, Ken Barrington would be an understatement. Apart from having to cope with a formidable, unbeatable West Indian side, there was the Robin
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ken Barrington
  • 1981
    Age 50
    He was cremated on 23 March 1981 in Leatherhead, Surrey and 150 wreaths were received, including one from each cricket county.
    More Details Hide Details Surrey County Cricket Club arranged a memorial service at Southwark Cathedral in April 1981, which had last been done for Sir Jack Hobbs in 1964. It was attended by 700 mourners including Ian Botham and the England cricket team, who had just returned from the Caribbean, Lord Alec Douglas-Home, the former prime minister, Hector Monro, the Minister for Sport, and many cricketers. The service was led by the ex-England captain David Sheppard, now the Bishop of Liverpool, and Harry Secombe sang "Amazing Grace". Ken Barrington was a keen member of the Lord's Taverners and in his honour they named the Under-13 Competition winner's silver cup the "Ken Barrington Trophy", and there are Ken Barrington Pavilions at Reading, Berkshire and Great Bookham. The largest memorial to his name is the Ken Barrington Indoor Cricket Centre at the Oval. Surrey County Cricket Club decided in 1983 that as he loved to teach cricket to children they would build a training centre in his name. Prince Charles made the first donation and £1,250,000 was raised by public subscription. Delays in planning permission and further need for money mean that it was not opened until the 31 July 1991, but coincidence the same day as the Surrey vs Essex quarter-final in the NatWest Trophy. The centre was opened by Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and Prime Minister John Major, the last two keen cricket fans, the Essex and England captain Graham Gooch and of course, Ann and Guy Barrington.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When Barrington had his second heart attack Ann quickly called the team physiotherapist Bernard Thomas from the next room and ran downstairs for help while he tried to resuscitate Ken. She found Alan Smith in the crowded lobby and they called for a doctor and an ambulance, but by the time they arrived Barrington was already dead. They tried to keep the death a secret until his son Guy could be told at his boarding school, but his body had to be sent to the mortuary via the lobby and the news soon leaked. The England captain Ian Botham was told and he and Smith informed each member of the team in the morning. They had a minute's silence at the team meeting before returning to the Kensington Oval, where Barrington had made his maiden Test century 21 years before. The news was announced at the ground and there was another one minute's silence at the beginning of play. The England team were distraught and Robin Jackman said he couldn't bowl properly as he had tears in his eyes. Unsurprisingly they lost the Test by 298 runs, though Graham Gooch made a fighting 116 in their second innings. He later said
  • 1980
    Age 49
    In 1980 the First Test was almost won when Willis took 5/65 and the West Indies struggled to a two wicket win.
    More Details Hide Details In a wet summer the rest of the Tests were drawn, as was the rain-affected Centenary Test at the end of the season. With its complicated political problems Alan Smith was made the manager of the tour to the West Indies in 1980–81. Due to financial reasons there was no assistant manager, but Barrington was appointed after representations from the team, though Stuart Surridge asked him not to go as the strain would be too much. He passed a medical, was eager for another tour and had been a teammate of Smith's in the 1962-63 Ashes series. He got on well with Botham, who wrote "He would fetch me a cup of tea sit on the bench in the dressing room, raise a point and we would argue about it. A quarter of an hour later I'd find myself doing as he said". Substandard hotels and cricket facilities, torrential rain and local politics caused many problems. In St Vincent they had net practice surrounded by livestock and they struggled to get food at their hotel in Trinidad. Furthermore, they were up against Clive Lloyd's powerful West Indian team including Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft. In the First Test, Botham put the West Indies in to bat on a damp wicket that recovered and they made 426/9. England followed on and despite extra rain failed to hold out for a draw, Barrington wrote: "The boys tried hard, but one or two did not apply themselves.
  • 1976
    Age 45
    After passing a medical Barrington was chosen to manage the MCC tour of India in 1976–77, where his own legendary status was soon emulated that of Tony Greig.
    More Details Hide Details In the First Test John Lever took 10/70 as England won by an innings. In the Second Test Barrington advised Greig to bat as long as possible so that India would have to bat on a wearing pitch. The England captain took 434 minutes making 103 with a fever, India were bowled out for 181 in the second innings and England won by 10 wickets. Another win in the Third Test gave England their first series victory in India since Douglas Jardine in 1933–34, but was spoilt by accusations by the Indian captain Bishan Bedi that Lever used Vaseline to shine the ball. Bernard Thomas, the England physiotherapist had given Lever and Bob Willis Vaseline strips on their foreheads to stop sweat dripping into their eyes, but Lever took his off as the Vaseline made the ball slip from his hands. The umpire picked up the strips and Bedi claimed that this not only accounted for their current defeat (India had been dismissed for 164 and 82), but the others as well. The strips were examined without any conclusion being found as to whether they helped bowling and the matter was referred the MCC. Barrington diplomatically thanked the Indian Board for not finding anything averse and was criticised for not defending his players more, but as Lever said "if he had overreacted, the tour could have been called off". England lost the Fourth Test to some dubious umpiring and Barrington, while scathing in his official report, declined to publicly voice his complaints to the press.
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ken Barrington was the eldest child of Percy and Winifred Barrington and had two brothers, Roy and Colin, and a sister, Sheila. His father was a career soldier who served in the British Army for 28 years, 24 of them in the Royal Berkshire Regiment. Despite winning a row of medals for service around the world including the First World War Percy Barrington remained a private and when Ken was born was a batman in the officer's mess at Brock Barracks in Reading, Berkshire. His children grew up in the barracks and led a rather Spartan life in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Percy remained at Brock Barracks in the Second World War, left the Army in 1947 and took up work as a watchman for Handley Page. When Ken became a professional cricketer he often gave them tickets for the Oval so they could see him play.
  • 1974
    Age 43
    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".
    More Details Hide Details On his return he managed the Derrick Robins XI tour of South Africa, a multiracial cricket team led by Brian Close and including Younis Ahmed, John Shepherd and Gordon Greenidge in an attempt to restore cricket links with South Africa. When they arrived in Cape Town he found that "all the lads I coached twenty years ago are now big businessmen" and he received a warm welcome. He managed another Derek Robins XI under David Lloyd the next year and although the cricket was a success they failed to re-establish international cricket in South Africa and an attempt to integrate cricket in South Africa failed. Doug Insole used his influence to have Barrington join himself, Alec Bedser, Charlie Elliott and Sir Len Hutton as a selector for the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB), which chose the England cricket team. He joined just as a demoralised England team returned from Australia for the premier Cricket World Cup followed by a four Test series against Australia (arranged to cover the cancelled South African tour). Mike Denness had lost confidence in Australia, but with Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson injured he had made 188 in the Sixth Test where England had won by an innings. He was kept as captain, but saw England lose to Australia in the World Cup semi-finals and lose by an innings in the First Test at Old Trafford. Denness was dropped and the combative Tony Greig was made the new captain.
  • 1970
    Age 39
    He was baptised in 1970 with Colin Cowdrey and Harry Secombe as the godfathers and Betty Surridge as the godmother.
    More Details Hide Details They took over a local garage – Ken Barrington Motors Ltd – in 1971, which sold Jaguar and Rover cars and proved to be a profitable enterprise.
  • 1968
    Age 37
    In 1968 the Barringtons moved to Fetcham and Ken wanted to call the new house Adelaide after the Adelaide Oval (where he had made 10 fifties in a row), but Ann objected and they called it Newlands after Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town where he had once made 169 not out. After 15 years of marriage Ann found she was pregnant on 15 April 1969, the start of the cricket season just after Ken had retired, and their son Guy Kenneth Barrington was born on 16 November 1969.
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    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.
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  • 1967
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Barrington and the MCC fared poorly in the run up matches and with West Indian supporters constantly telling him "Charlie's waiting for you man. He'll kill you". Barrington was so upset that told his wife that he wouldn't tour again. In the First Test at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad Cowdrey won the toss and batted with Boycott and Edrich adding 80 for the first wicket and Barrington coming in against the spinners at 110/2. Soon after Gary Sobers responded to the crowd and brought on Griffith, but Barrington twice called him to halt as the chanting of the crowd interfered with his concentration. Although hit with bouncers on the shoulders and back he survived the five over spell and the tired bowler was taken off. He brought up his 50 with a six off Lance Gibbs and added 134 with Cowdrey and 188 with Tom Graveney before hitting Gibbs for another six to bring up his 20th century. When he saw the ball sailing into the stands the 37-year-old Barrington took off his cap and waved his fist in triumph. He was finally caught by Griffith off Gibbs for 143, the second time that he had made a century in four successive Tests. England made 568 and the West Indies followed on (Barrington dismissing Sobers), but survived the last day on 243/8 for a draw. Barrington made 63 in the Second Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica, again stopping Griffith's run up as the crowd went wild.
  • 1966
    Age 35
    Brian Close had taken over the captaincy in the last Test of 1966 and chose to bat after winning the toss.
    More Details Hide Details Barrington survived the early swing to make 93 and added 139 with Geoff Boycott whose 573-minute 246 not out had him dropped for slow scoring a la Barrington. India made 510 after following on and England won by 6 wickets after Barrington made 46 opening with his Surrey team-mate John Edrich instead of the injured Boycott. Barrington was asked to open again in the Second Test at Lords and made 97 in England's innings victory. Returning to number 3 in the Third Test at Edgbaston he was dropped on and hit 9 fours and 2 sixes in his 75, though the team slumped to 191/8 until John Murray hit out with 77 to make England 298 as they won by 132 runs. Barrington made 324 runs (64.80), but this was easily surpassed in the second series of the summer against Pakistan. In between the series he made 158 not out and took 5/51 as Surrey beat the champions Yorkshire just before the First Test. He made 148, his first Test century at Lords, and became the sixth batsman to make 6,000 Test runs after Wally Hammond, Don Bradman, Len Hutton, Neil Harvey and Colin Cowdrey. Pakistan were saved by 187 not out by their captain Hanif Mohammed and after Barrington made 14 in the second innings the game was drawn. Half the England team was dropped for the Second Test at Trent Bridge and after Pakistan were out for 140 Barrington made a sheet-anchor 109 not out in England's reply of 252, an innings that lasted 409 minutes and 117 overs on a saturated pitch, which was enough for a 10 wicket victory.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was caught for 115 by Wally Grout who told Doug Walters to bowl him a ball down the leg so that he could move over and catch the glance. England made 485/9, but a day was lost to rain and Bob Cowper made 307 to ensure a draw. Barrington made 464 runs (66.28), topped the England averages again and with 946 runs (67.57) and 6 wickets (24.83) headed the batting and bowling averages on the tour. He was excused the tour to New Zealand and was allowed to return home due to fatigue. Barrington returned to England exhausted after the Australian tour, but had to attend Surrey's pre-season training and social functions that gave him little chance to rest. Gary Sobers returned with the West Indies in 1966 including Charlie Griffith who had been accused of throwing by the Australians Bobby Simpson, Norm O'Neill and Wally Grout. Barrington added fuel to the fire by telling the Daily Mail that he thought Griffith was a chucker and that he would refuse to play against him. He had been the target of West Indian fast bowling in 1959–60 and 1963 and saw no reason why he should suffer at the hands of a man who was not playing the game fair. This caused a falling out with the West Indian team as Sobers was satisfied that Griffith had a legitimate action and, after all, he had not been called in 1963.
  • 1965
    Age 34
    He was controversially dropped from the England team after 57 Tests for taking over seven hours to make 137 against a weak New Zealand attack in 1965 in which he "almost brought the game to a standstill".
    More Details Hide Details But when quick runs were needed in the Fifth Test at Melbourne in 1962–63 he surprised everyone by smashing a hundred off 122 balls and bringing up the century with a six into the stands. Though he rarely expressed open dissent he used to pull faces if he disagreed with an umpire or thought that the light was too bad or the bouncers too frequent. His grimacing and nervous jump when receiving hostile fast bowling led some to believe that he was afraid, but he stood up to Wes Hall, Chester Watson, Charlie Griffith and Peter Pollock even if injured. His square stance made the cover drive difficult and Barrington eliminated it from his scoring strokes, even so bowlers attacked the off-stump, as Richie Benaud explained "It wasn't that he was weak there, but merely he was less strong". Barrington never lost his ability as a spinner, and it made him very effective against spin bowling, especially that of Benaud. His Surrey team mate Jim Laker wrote "His concentration was such that when facing slow bowlers, he would actually watch the ball spinning in the air and play it accordingly". His one weakness that he was not a good runner, he seldom wanted to relinquish the strike and thought quick singles tired a batsman out. Sometimes a keen batting partner would rush up the wicket only to find Barrington waiting for him to scramble back. John Edrich called him "the worst in the world", and his West Country accent meant that "won" (one or run) and "wait" sounded alike.
    Even so, he was named the South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Surely the cry to the stonewallers, who are now tiresomely occupying the Test crease, is to get on with it. 'Wake up and entertain, or you could be drawing unemployment benefits next week' remind yourself that England's selectors dropped first Ken Barrington and later Geoff Boycott from England sides after they had refused to get a move on. Isolated punishments such as these clearly were not effective. Those drawbridges of defences were brought back as soon as it was thought to be politic. English cricket was now entirely professional and cricketers like Barrington and Geoff Boycott ground out long, defensive innings for the maximum of runs and the minimum of risk, with slow over-rates, negative fielding and time-wasting cricket was dying a slow death as spectators found other entertainment. The exception was the colourful West Indies team under Frank Worrall and to fit in an extra tour in 1966 South Africa had theirs moved to 1965 and for the first time since 1912 two Test series were played in an English summer, with John Reid's weak New Zealand team having its five Tests reduced to three. Barrington was out of form, and had been berated by the Surrey captain Micky Stewart for slow scoring, but was retained in the England team for the First Test at Edgbaston. This was the most controversial of his career as he played himself into form by taking 437 minutes to make 137 against a poor bowling attack and "almost brought the game to a standstill".
  • 1964
    Age 33
    In 1964 – his Benefit year – he had created Ken Barrington Limited, which made cricket clothes, but he sold it off after his heart attack.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Barrington's great friend Bobby Simpson led the Australian cricket team in England in 1964, strong in batting, but weak in bowling. The first two Tests were rain-soaked draws and they went to Headingley for the Third Test with Barrington having done little – his last 10 innings in England had produced 200 runs. Ted Dexter was back in charge and famously removed Fred Titmus from the attack just after he had taken 3 wickets. He gave the new ball to Fred Trueman who served up short-balls to Peter Burge who hooked and pulled his way to 160 to give Australia a 121 run lead in the first innings. England's reply depended heavily on Barrington who made 85 (the next highest score was 32) until he had an unlucky lbw decision and they were all out for 229. Australia easily made 111/3 to win and go 1–0 up in the series. The Fourth Test at Old Trafford saw Simpson winning the toss and making the first Test century of his career, 311 in Australia's 656/8. In reply Barrington made his first Test century in England and his highest Test score; 256 in 683 minutes with 26 fours and adding 246 for the third wicket with Dexter; "It was a spirited reply that captured the imagination, but the inevitable draw meant that the Ashes stayed with Australia". It is the third highest score for England against Australia after Len Hutton's 364 and R.E. Foster's 287 and is the highest since the Second World War.
  • 1962
    Age 31
    Barrington had a poor season in 1962, tonsillitis robbed him of match practice before the First Test against the visiting Pakistanis and he made only 10 runs in the first three Tests.
    More Details Hide Details He was dropped for the Fourth Test, but recalled for the Fifth at the Oval, where he came in at 365/2 and made 50 not out. He made only 60 runs (20.00), but did better for Surrey, making 1,865 first class runs (49.07) in the season and was kept in the team set to tour Australia and New Zealand. The MCC tour of Australia in 1962–63 was the first since they had lost 4–0 in 1958–59 just before Barrington became an England regular. Led by Ted Dexter and managed by Bernard Marmaduke Fitzalan-Howard, 16th Duke of Norfolk, they were to face the shrewd Australian captain Richie Benaud in the 1962-63 Ashes series and few thought they would win. Barrington made 104 against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval (a ground where he never failed to make 50 runs in the 10 innings he played there), 219 not out against an Australian XI as the MCC made 633/7, the highest score by the MCC or England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and 183 not out against Queensland at the Gabba. He did little in the first three Tests, making 78 in the first innings at First Test at Brisbane, where he hit 6 fours in 20 minutes off the leg-spin of Richie Benaud and Bobby Simpson, but then took another 210 minutes to make 40 more runs. England won the Second Test at Melbourne and Australia the Third Test at Sydney and it was in the Fourth Test at Adelaide that he came into his own.
    It was no surprise that he was named the Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year 1962.
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  • 1961
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ted Dexter was put in charge of a weakened team, like Barrington he had made his name in the West Indies and they had shared several big stands together. In an odd schedule the England team played Pakistan before going to India for a 5 Test series and returning to complete the series against Pakistan. In the First Test at Lahore England made a slow 380 batting second with Barrington adding 192 with M.J.K. Smith until he ran out his partner for 99 and himself for 139 after batting for over 7 hours. Pakistan collapsed suddenly in the second innings and England won a surprise victory by 5 wickets. In India they played the Combined Universities at Poona and Barrington made 149 not out in 290 minutes, but mimicked Slasher Mackay (who had toured India two years before) and when he took two wickets there was a pitch invasion as the crowd gave him presents, including a pair of sunglasses, which he used for the rest of the match, even when bowling. The match was broadcast on radio and Barrington became a star, which he played up to throughout the tour with imitations of Gary Sobers and a pompous Colonel, playing football with the ball and putting his fingers in his ears when the crowd shouted "Mora, Mora" (have a go). On a more practical side he forsaked local food, lived off egg and chips for almost the entire tour and kept an array of medicines to ward off illness (he lost 8 lbs before the First Test).
  • 1959
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details England had won the 1957 Series 3–0 and had high hopes that they would win again in the West Indies in 1959–60. Surrey had their own tour to Rhodesia, where he made 111 in their 2 run defeat. The England team crossed the Atlantic in a banana boat and were promptly defeated by Barbados even though Barrington made 79 in each innings. The West Indian fast bowlers Wes Hall and Chester Watson were rightly feared, but on a true pitch at the Kensington Oval in the First Test they could be played and coming in at number 3 Barrington made his maiden Test century – 128 in England's 482. He was stuck on 97 before driving Reg Scarlett to the boundary and was hit in the kidney by a bouncer from Watson. He was given out caught by Gerry Alexander off Sonny Ramadhin, but hesitated to walk after the umpire's decision and was made to apologise by the MCC manager Walter Robins. In what were to become familiar figures Barrington's century took 340 minutes to compile, but he struck 20 fours.
  • 1957
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the season Barrington could afford to relax and hit three more hundreds. With no tour in sight Alf Gover offered Ken and Ann the chance to teach cricket in South Africa over the winter. They rented out their house in London, moved to Cape Town and he coached the First and Second XIs at the Roman Catholic St Joseph's College, set up a Under-11 side in his free time and met a talented Cape Coloured cricketer called Basil d'Oliveira. Back at the Oval Barrington had another poor season – making only one century – and was even dropped from the Surrey team and given the task of transporting the team kit from venue to venue. As a result, he re-worked his batting technique to get behind the ball to improve his defence against in-swing and off-spin. This was coupled with a change of attitude encouraged by Alec Bedser and Jim Laker, he forsaked the big hitting of his youth and became a stonewaller, making runs with the minimum of risk. This required endless net-practice and training at Gover's cricket school, but by 1958 Barrington emerged as one of the best batsmen in England.
  • 1956
    Age 25
    Stuart Surridge retired after winning five championships in his five years as captain and in 1956 May took over, winning Surrey's sixth consecutive championship in 1957 with a massive 94-point lead over all the other counties.
    More Details Hide Details In one area Barrington showed improvement as with Surridge gone Surrey needed another close fielder and he was made first slip. He took 64 catches in his first season in this position and as Mickey Stewart held 77 catches and Tony Lock 63 Surrey more than held onto their chances.
    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".
    More Details Hide Details England had a strong team and under Peter May's leadership they beat Australia 2–1, the West Indies 3–0 in 1957 and New Zealand 4–0 in 1958. Barrington lost his form in these seasons and could not fight his way into the England team.
  • 1955
    Age 24
    He was voted "Young Cricketer of the Year" by the Cricket Writers Club and was chosen for the 1955–56 MCC tour of Pakistan.
    More Details Hide Details The MCC tour of Pakistan had the dual purpose of spreading cricketing goodwill and providing employment and experience for young players with Test potential. There were no Test matches, but they did play Pakistan as the MCC. The team was managed by the genial Geoffrey Howard, the Secretary of Lancashire and captained by Donald Carr, the captain of Derbyshire and included Fred Titmus, Brian Close, Tony Lock, Jim Parks and Peter Richardson. Barrington made 70 not out in the first match against Karachi and 66 in the second against Sind. The first match between Pakistan and the MCC at Lahore was a dull draw, followed by two wins for Pakistan and a close victory for the MCC by two wickets in the fourth and final game. Barrington made 10 and 52, 43 and 11, 32 and and 76 and 10 in these matches, the 43 taking 4 hours against the bowling of Fazal Mahmood. With five other members of the team he 'kidnapped' Idris Begh the Karachi umpire whose decisions they thought were heavily biased. They poured a bucket of water over him in their apartments and he was laughed at by them and two members of the Pakistani team who happened to witness the event. Begh complained to the Pakistani captain Abdul Kardar and the matter became public, with the crowd chanting "Go home MCC" on the last day of the game. The President of the MCC Lord Alexander offered to recall the tour and the press called for the culprits to be barred from international cricket, but Howard managed to smooth things down and the tour was completed.
  • 1954
    Age 23
    As a result, they married on 6 March 1954 and honeymooned in Devon until Ken was called up for the Territorial Army at Salisbury.
    More Details Hide Details They remained happily married for 27 years until his death. As first class cricketers rarely had employment in the winter Barrington worked for British Rail (painting Oxford station), a firm of solicitors and moved on to selling perfumes and carpets. They first lived with Ann's parents, but in 1956 bought their own house in Mitcham in Surrey near the Oval, where he found work nearby with a firm of accountants and Ann at a travel agents. If he should not do conspicuously well and the established players become available, he is almost bound, temporarily at least, to join the very long list of youthful cricketers prematurely tried for England and promptly discarded. In 1955 Surrey won their first 9 matches and Surridge's vice-captain Peter May succeeded Len Hutton as captain of England. Barrington made 135 not out against Lancashire and 126 against Nottinghamshire, which won him his county cap. Now established in the Surrey team he was called up for the First Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge, hearing the news when a crowd cheered him while batting in a charity match. He batted at number 4, replacing Colin Cowdrey who was unable to play. Barrington made a duck and though England won by an innings he felt isolated from the England regulars who he barely knew. He was kept in the side for the Second Test at Lords, coming in at 30/3 in the first innings and making 34, top-scoring in England's 133, but looked uncomfortable on a green pitch against the fast bowling of Peter Heine.
  • 1953
    Age 22
    Surrey won without his help in 1953, but in July 1954 they were in severe trouble, in eighth place and 46 points behind the leaders Yorkshire.
    More Details Hide Details After a few fifties Barrington made his maiden first class century against Gloucestershire at the Oval. Surrey were 149/7 when he was joined by Jim Laker in a partnership of 198, Barrington 108 not out and Laker 113. In the second innings he came in at 39/4 made 68 and Surrey won by 145 runs. Surrey won 10 of their next 12 games and the Championship, Barrington making 89 against Essex in a game where nobody else passed 50 and 102 against the Pakistanis. The arrival of Barrington and Mickey Stewart was seen as the turning point in Surrey's fortunes and E.M. Wellings wrote that he was the best young batting prospect since Denis Compton, adding "He is a brilliant strokemaker and now has such a sound defence that he is as convincing on the wet wickets as on the dry. Ken Barrington met his future wife Ann Cozens at a dance in Reading in 1952. She was a secretary for the local Education Department, taught at Sunday School and played netball. He proposed to her on a train to Reading and her father agreed to the marriage if they saved £500.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Richie Benaud recalled that he was a very correct batsman, but Barrington was returned to the Second XI. He played only a few games in the County Championship and top-scored with 81 against Worcestershire.
  • 1952
    Age 21
    In 1952 he became a star batsman, making 1,097 runs (57.73) including 157 not out and 151 in successive games against Devon County Cricket Club and was mentioned in Wisden. Stuart Surridge became captain of Surrey in 1952 and led them to their first of a record seven successive County Championships (they shared the trophy with Middlesex in 1950).
    More Details Hide Details In 1953 Barrington joined the formidable Surrey team including Alec and Eric Bedser, Peter May, Jim Laker, Tony Lock, Peter Loader and Arthur McIntyre. Their bowling line up was of Test class and it was for his growing batting skills that the young Barrington was called up. He made his first class cricket debut against the MCC in their traditional match against the champions at Lords at the start of the cricket season. Barrington batted at number six and was stumped by Godfrey Evans off Alan Oakman for 7 in the first innings and caught off Oakman for 17 in the second as Surrey lost a low scoring match by 107 runs.
  • 1951
    Age 20
    In May 1951 he made his first century batting against Kenley at number seven and was promoted to the top order.
    More Details Hide Details In July he added 64 and 194 not out against the Surrey Colts and Barrington started to play for the Surrey Second XI – a minor county team.
  • 1950
    Age 19
    On his discharge in August 1950 Barrington returned to Surrey and professional coaching.
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    Barrington had strong army connections and remained in the Territorial Army after his National Service ended in 1950.
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  • 1949
    Age 18
    In the 1949 season he only had time to play one game, making 52 against Kew before he was called up for National Service.
    More Details Hide Details Barrington served as a Lance-Corporal in the Wiltshire Regiment stationed in Germany. He grew from to during this time and he was encouraged to pursue sports. Apart from cricket he represented his battalion in football, won the battalion boxing championship and a small arms competition at the Mons Officer Cadet School. His leg-spin was helped by the matting wickets used by the British Army cricket team and as he was the only NCO in the team when they played the officers travelled in staff cars and Barrington by himself in an army truck.
  • 1948
    Age 17
    From April 1948 he commuted to London by railway for his training, having yet to see a first class cricket match.
    More Details Hide Details The Chief Coach was Andy Sandham who thought his leg-spin bowling lacked accuracy (Surrey had Jim Laker and Tony Lock so did not need another spinner) and made him concentrate on his batting. Alec Bedser predicted that Barrington was a future Test player and Sandham later stated that Barrington was his best pupil. He worked on preparing the vast Oval ground for first class cricket and played for the Surrey Club and Ground cricket team, though still down the order.
  • 1930
    Born on November 24, 1930.
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