Cricket: Independent on Sunday Rankings:

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The Independent on Sunday cricket rankings take into account all major matches played in England during the season, differing credit being given for runs scored and wickets taken depending on the strength of the opposition. Bowlers are also rewarded for economy and strike rate

Batsmen

1 ( 2) B C Lara (Warwickshire) 1,376 2 ( 1) G A Gooch (Essex) 1,316 3 ( 4) R A Smith (Hampshire) 995 4 ( 6) G A Hick (Worcestershire) 968 5 ( 9) A J Stewart (Surrey) 967 6 (10) J P Crawley (Lancashire) 959 7 ( 3) C L Hooper (Kent) 937 8 (19) M R Ramprakash (Middx) 888 9 ( 5) J E Morris (Durham) 867 10 ( 7) W Larkins (Durham) 862 11 (12) D Byas (Yorkshire) 839 12 ( 8) M N Lathwell (Somerset) 810 13 (11) D M Ward (Surrey) 807 14 (13) C J Adams (Derbyshire) 801 15 (16) P Johnson (Nottinghamshire) 791 16 (17) P V Simmons (Leicestershire) 788 17= (14) N E Briers (Leicestershire) 763 (15) T R Ward (Kent) 763 19 (-) M B Loye (Northants) 758 20 (-) R G Twose (Warwickshire) 754

Bowlers

1 ( 2) J E Benjamin (Surrey) 1215 2 ( 1) C A Walsh (Gloucestershire) 1141 3 ( 3) P A J DeFreitas (Derbyshire) 986 4 ( 4) M M Patel (Kent) 824 5 ( 5) G W Mike (Nottinghamshire) 773 6 (-) T A Munton (Warwickshire) 751 7 (18) S R Lampitt (Worcestershire) 741 8 ( 9) C E L Ambrose (Northamptonshire) 727 9 (11) P J Hartley (Yorkshire) 715 10 ( 6) A C Cummins (Durham) 712 11 (13) E S H Giddins (Sussex) 709 12 (14) F D Stephenson (Sussex) 706 13 (15) M Watkinson (Lancashire) 702 14 (17) S D Udal (Hampshire) 695 15 ( 7) R A Pick (Nottinghamshire) 684 16 ( 8) Mushtaq Ahmed (Somerset) 679 17 (-) S J E Brown (Durham) 647 18 (10) Wasim Akram (Lancashire) 643 19 (-) A R C Fraser (Middlesex) 642 20 (16) P J Newport (Worcestershire) 635

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