Cricket: The Independent on Sunday cricket 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 ( 1) B C Lara (Warwickshire). . . 1,388 2 ( 2) G A Gooch (Essex). . . . . . 1,375 3 ( 3) J P Crawley (Lancashire). . .1,167 4 ( 4) C L Hooper (Kent). . . . . . 1,156 5 ( 5) G A Hick (Worcestershire). . 1,068 6 ( 7) R A Smith (Hampshire). . . . 1,061 7 ( 6) M R Ramprakash (Middx). . . .1,048 8 ( 8) A J Stewart.( Surrey). . . . .1,015 9 (12) D J Bicknell (Surrey). . . . . 978 10 ( 9) D Byas (Yorkshire). . . . . . 969 11 (16) D M Ward (Surrey) . . . . . . 956 12 (14) R G Twose (Warwickshire). . . 954 13 (11) W Larkins (Durham). . . . . . 950 14 (10) P Johnson (Nottinghamshire). .949 15 (13) P V Simmons (Leicestershire). 925 16 (15) J E Morris (Durham). . . . . .923 17 (-) T M Moody (Worcestershire). . .911 18 (19) C J Adams (Derbyshire). . . . 910 19 (17) G P Thorpe (Surrey). . . . . .897 20 (18) M A Atherton (Lancashire). . .891 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Bowlers ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1 ( 1) J E Benjamin (Surrey) . . . . .1,329 2 ( 2) C A Walsh (Gloucestershire) . .1,279 3 ( 3) P A J DeFreitas (Derbyshire) . 1,254 4 ( 4) Mushtaq Ahmed (Somerset) . . . . 961 5 ( 5) M M Patel (Kent) . . . . . . . . 953 6 ( 7) T A Munton (Warwickshire) . . . .913 7 ( 6) R L Johnson (Middlesex) . . . . .899 8 (10) C E L Ambrose (Northamptonshire). 877 9 ( 8) S R Lampitt (Worcestershire). . .846 10 ( 9) G W Mike (Nottinghamshire) . . .834 11 (11) D J Millns (Leicestershire). . .817 12 (12) A C Cummins (Durham) . . . . . .814 13 (14) S D Udal (Hampshire) . . . . . .812 14 (16) N M K Smith (Warwickshire). . . 802 15 (13) S J E Brown (Durham) . . . . . .792 16 (15) M Watkinson (Lancashire) . . . .771 17 (17) Wasim Akram (Lancashire) . . . .750 18 (18) D W Headley (Kent). . . . . . . 743 19 (19) D Gough (Yorkshire). . . . . . .740 20 (20) P J Hartley (Yorkshire) . . . . 735 -----------------------------------------------------------------

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