Gareth Batty

Gareth Jon Batty (born 13 October 1977)[1] is an English cricketer who played all three formats of the game. More specifically a spin-bowler, Batty was the captain of Surrey County Cricket Club between 2015 and 2017. [2] He is the younger brother of former Yorkshire and Somerset off-spinner Jeremy Batty.

Gareth Batty
Personal information
Full nameGareth Jon Batty
Born13 October 1977 (age 41)
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
BowlingRight-arm off break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 619)21 October 2003 v Bangladesh
Last Test26 November 2016 v India
ODI debut (cap 171)13 December 2002 v Australia
Last ODI27 March 2009 v West Indies
Only T20I (cap 40)19 March 2009 v Windies
Domestic team information
2010–Surrey (squad no. 13)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 9 10 253 265
Runs scored 149 30 7,276 2,354
Batting average 14.90 5.00 23.47 15.48
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 3/30 0/5
Top score 38 17 133 83*
Balls bowled 1,714 440 44,776 10,359
Wickets 15 5 656 246
Bowling average 60.93 73.20 33.04 32.58
5 wickets in innings 0 0 26 3
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 3 n/a
Best bowling 3/55 2/40 8/68 5/35
Catches/stumpings 3/– 4/– 161/– 82/–
Source: CricketArchive, 22 July 2018


Batty was educated at Bingley Grammar School, a Voluntary Aided state school in Bingley, West Yorkshire.

Domestic career

Batty began his county career with his native Yorkshire, after playing for England Under 19's, making his County Championship debut in 1997. Due to lack of opportunities he transferred to Surrey in 1998 where he played mainly one-day games. He joined Worcestershire in 2002 where he became the main spinner and came to prominence with the national team. Batty was involved in an unsavoury incident while deputising as captain for Surrey in a Championship match against Somerset at Taunton in 2012. Murali Kartik, a spinner who had previously played for Somerset, ran out Somerset batsman Alex Barrow who was backing-up at the non-striker's end. Batty declined several invitations by the umpires to withdraw the appeal leading to bad feeling between the teams and around the ground.[3] In August 2013, he was suspended from the T20 finals day after a clash with Somerset batsman Peter Trego. The ECB banned him for two games after he apparently physically confronted Trego and hurled foul language after dismissing him in a quarter-final match.[4]

Batty was made permanent captain of Surrey in 2015[2] and later that year took a hat trick to send Surrey back into Division One of the County Championship after two years in Division Two. An even better year with the ball in Division One in 2016, combined with poor form for Moeen Ali, led to calls for his recall to the England test team after its draw against Pakistan.[5][6] Nonetheless, when Batty was recalled later that year for the tour of Bangladesh, he described his call-up as "surreal".[7]

International career

Debut years

Batty made his ODI debut against Australia. He took figures of 0-55 as Australia won by seven wickets. England lost the second match by 89 runs after Australia scored 318. Batty took figures of 1-65.

He made his Test debut in the first Test against Bangladesh. He took 1-43 in Bangladesh’s first innings before taking 1-65 in their second innings as England won by seven wickets. He played in the third ODI between the two sides, taking figures of 1-35 as England won by seven wickets. He played in the first Test against Sri Lanka, taking 2-98 in their first innings as they posted 331. He took 3-55 in their second innings. He made 26 in England’s second innings to help them hang on for a draw. In the second Test, he did not take a wicket in Sri Lanka’s first innings. He finished with 1-47 in their second innings and then made an unbeaten 25 as the match finished in a draw. In the third Test, he took figures of 0-137 as Sri Lanka posted 628 in their first innings. England lost the match by an innings and 215 runs.

In and out of the team

He was picked for the tour of the West Indies in 2003–04. Batty was the bowler Brian Lara faced when he scored his world record 400th run in the fourth Test Match in Antigua. In the first innings, he finished with figures of 2-175, as the match ended in a high scoring draw. He was picked as second spinner for the South African tour the next season. He played in the sixth ODI between the two sides, taking figures of 2-40 although England lost by four wickets. He kept his place for the final match of the series, finishing with figures of 0-22 as England won by five wickets.

He went on to play in the fourth match of the ODI series against Zimbabwe, taking figures of 0-36 as England secured a 74 run victory.

The selectors continued to show faith in him, picking him for the two Tests against Bangladesh in 2005 when Giles suffered a hip injury – in the first Test, he did not bat and did not bowl, as England won by an innings and 261 runs. He took figures of 1-44 in Bangladesh’s second innings in the next Test, as England won by an innings and 27 runs.

Batty was selected in the ODI squad against India, but found his chances limited. He only played in one match, the fourth ODI of the series. Batty made two with the bat as England posted 237, a target which was chased down by India, with Batty taking figures of 0-36. This turned out to Batty’s last England appearance for nearly three years.

Batty was selected for the England Lions squad to tour New Zealand in the winter of 2008,[8] but didn’t return to the England side until the series against the West Indies. He replaced spinning all-rounder Samit Patel, who dropped out due to fitness concerns, and Swann who returned home after the Test series to undergo an operation on his elbow.[9] He made his T20I debut against the West Indies, taking figures of 0-17 as England lost by six wickets. In the first ODI, he took figures of 1-34 as England won by one run on the D/L Method. England lost the second match by 21 runs, with Batty taking figures of 0-38. Batty did not bowl in the third match, although he did make 17 with the bat. England lost the match by eight wickets.

2016 Recall

On 20 October 2016, Batty played in a Test match for England against Bangladesh, thus becoming the player who has missed the largest number of Tests between appearances, 142 games.[10] Batty claimed 4 wickets in the game, finishing with figures of 1-52 in the first innings and 3-65 in the second innings,[11] as England won the game by 22 runs.

Batty played in the third Test against India, and took 0-47 in the first innings as India made 417. He took 0-18 in India’s second innings as England lost the match by eight wickets.


  1. ^ Bateman, Colin (1993). If The Cap Fits. Tony Williams Publications. p. 188. ISBN 1-869833-21-X.
  2. ^ a b "Gareth Batty". Surrey County Cricket Club. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Gareth Batty suspended for two T20 matches and will miss finals day The Guardian, 9 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Experts tip surprise recall for 38-year old Gareth Batty in England's forthcoming tour of India". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Gareth Batty trumps Ian Bell in battle of wills". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Gareth Batty delighted at 'surreal' second coming". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  8. ^ Cricinfo staff (29 December 2008), Vaughan misses out on West Indies,, retrieved 29 December 2008
  9. ^ Cricinfo staff (4 March 2009), England drop Patel for 'unsatisfactory' fitness,, retrieved 4 March 2009
  10. ^ "Most consecutive matches missed for a team between appearances".
  11. ^ "Bangladesh v England, First Test Scorecard - 20 October 2016".

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2002–03 VB Series

The 2002–03 VB Series was a One Day International (ODI) cricket tri-series where Australia played host to England and Sri Lanka. Australia and England reached the Finals, which Australia won 2–0.

2015 Royal London One-Day Cup

The 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup tournament was the scheduled limited overs cricket competition for 2015 season of England and Wales first-class counties. It was won by Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, who defeated Surrey by the narrow margin of six runs, despite a hat-trick from Jade Dernbach, in what was described as 'a thrilling finish'. The title was Gloucestershire's first trophy since the 2004 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy, when they defeated a Worcestershire side that included 2015 Surrey captain Gareth Batty.

2017 t20 Blast

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Batty is a surname and is most commonly found in Yorkshire, northern England. Notable people with the surname include:

Basil Staunton Batty (1873–1952), Anglican bishop

Bob Batty, Australian rugby league footballer

David Batty (born 1968), English former association (soccer) footballer

Emily Batty (born 1988), Canadian racing cyclist

Francis de Witt Batty (1879–1961), English-born Bishop of New South Wales, Australia (1931–58)

Gareth Batty (born 1977), English cricketer

Grant Batty (born 1951), New Zealand former rugby union footballer

Jane Batty, Canadian politician

Jason Batty (born 1971), retired New Zealand footballer

Jeremy Batty (born 1971), English cricketer

Jonathan Batty (born 1974), English cricketer

Kenneth Batty, English former rugby league footballer

Nathan Batty, English rugby league footballer

Paul Batty (born 1964), English former association (soccer) footballer

Robert Batty (artist) (1789–1848), English army officer and artist

Robert Batty (physician) (1763–1849), his father, English physician

Ron Batty (1925–1971), English footballer

Rosie Batty (born 1962), 2015 Australian of the Year

Ross Batty (born 1986), English rugby union player

Seán Batty (born 1982), Scottish weather presenterFictional people:

Roy Batty, from Blade Runner

Nora Batty, a character from Last of the Summer Wine

Wally Batty, a character from Last of the Summer Wine

Professor Batty in "Flip Decision." See Flipism

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Bingley Grammar School was a specialist school for Business & Enterprise from 2006 to 2011. Due to this, students had previously been required to take Business at GCSE but since the 2010 introduction of the English Baccalaureate this is now no longer mandatory.

English cricket team in Bangladesh in 2003–04

The English cricket team toured Bangladesh from 12 October to 12 November 2003, playing a two-match Test series and a three-match One Day International series; England won all five matches to take whitewashes in both series. In preparation for the Test series, they also played two three-day tour matches against a Bangladesh Cricket Board President's XI and the Bangladesh A team.

English cricket team in Bangladesh in 2016–17

The English cricket team toured Bangladesh in October 2016 to play three One Day Internationals (ODIs), two Test matches and three tour matches. A terrorist attack in Dhaka four months before the tour started raised concerns about team safety. This led to two members of the England team, regular one-day captain Eoin Morgan and opener Alex Hales, to withdraw from selection.

England won the ODI series 2–1. The Test series finished 1–1, with Bangladesh recording their first ever Test win against England when they won the second Test by 108 runs. The Bangladesh captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, said that "it's a great moment for Bangladesh cricket". In response to the defeat England captain Alastair Cook said "it's not easy for me to say, but it's a good win for Bangladesh cricket".

English cricket team in South Africa in 2004–05

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The Test series saw the awarding of the inaugural Basil D'Oliveira Trophy, named for the South Africa-born England cricketer Basil D'Oliveira.

English cricket team in Zimbabwe in 2004–05

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Glen Chapple

Glen Chapple (born 23 January 1974) is a former English cricketer. He is an all-rounder, and represented the national team in a One Day International, as well as performing well for Lancashire over many years. He bowls right-arm fast-medium, and is a right-handed batsman. With six first-class centuries to his name, Chapple shares with Mark Pettini the record for fastest first-class century, scored against declaration bowling by Glamorgan in 1993, coming off just 27 balls.

Chapple played a single One Day International for England, against Ireland in 2006 but was injured after bowling one over. After Stuart Law left the club, Chapple was appointed as Lancashire's captain from the 2009 season onwards and led the county to victory in the 2011 County Championship. That year he became the fifth player to score 7,000 runs and take 700 wickets for Lancashire. In 2012 he was named as one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year.

James Kirtley

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Jeremy Batty

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Batty made his Yorkshire debut in 1989, leaving the county in 1994 to play for Somerset until 1996. In 84 first-class matches he scored 1,149 runs at 15.95 with two fifties, and took 179 wickets at 41.56, with a career best of 6 for 48. He appeared for Buckinghamshire in 2003 and 2004.

His brother, Gareth Batty, has also played first-class cricket and appeared for England.

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John Elliott (cricketer)

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He made his first-class debut against Somerset aged just 17, though then did not play at that level again for two years.Elliott claimed six of his 26 first-class dismissals in a single match, and five in a single innings. This feat came against the Pakistan Eaglets in 1963.

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List of England Twenty20 International cricketers

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List of Surrey cricket captains

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Bruce played two matches for Huntingdonshire in the 2002 MCCA Knockout Trophy against Lincolnshire and the Leicestershire Cricket Board. He later made two List A appearances for Scotland in the 2004 totesport League against Worcestershire and Sussex. In the match against Worcestershire he took the wickets of Vikram Solanki and Gareth Batty, finishing with figures of 2/28 from three overs. He wasn't required to bat in this match, with Worcestershire winning by 9 runs. The match against Scotland ended in no result, with Bruce not required to bat or bowl. In 2004, Bruce also played for a Scotland XI in the European Cricket Championship Division One.

William Jones (cricketer, born 1990)

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Jones made his Minor Counties Championship debut for Hertfordshire against Cumberland in 2009. He played 5 further Minor Counties Championship fixtures that season, the last coming against Northumberland. The following season he played 2 MCCA Knockout Trophy matches against Dorset and Oxfordshire.Having played for the Leicestershire Second XI, he made his full Leicestershire debut in a List A match against Surrey at The Oval in the 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40. In this match he scored 3 runs before being dismissed by Gareth Batty. He made his County Championship debut in the last game of the 2011 season against Middlesex at Grace Road.

Jones studied at Cardiff University, where he has represented Cardiff MCCU against first-class opposition.

Worcestershire County Cricket Club in 2005

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They started the season with a convincing win against Derbyshire in the Championship, followed by a comfortable win over Northamptonshire in a rain-affected Sunday League game. Their second game of the Championship, against Durham at Chester-le-Street, however, was a humiliating 7 wicket defeat inside two days. They then lost a close game against Lancashire over four days, and another close game against Middlesex on the Sunday.

On 5 May they eased past Scotland to reach the Second Round of the C&G Trophy. In the second week of May, they were humbled by Loughborough UCCE, who comfortably beat them. They recovered well, though, securing a 9 wicket win in their next Championship game, against Derbyshire, and then won a closely fought game by 16 runs against Nottinghamshire. On 17 May Worcestershire were eliminated from the C&G Trophy in the Second Round by Yorkshire. An important win came away at Essex in the fifth game in the Championship, before they lost to Glamorgan Dragons in the National League.

June started with a draw in the Championship against Division Two leaders, Durham, before Worcestershire became the first English side to lose to Bangladesh, in a one-day match at New Road. And that poor form continued, losing at Leicestershire in the Championship despite being on top for most of the match, and then being bowled out for 164 to lose a match with Essex by 39 runs in the National League.

In Twenty20, however, they found a way to recover, beating local rivals Warwickshire - it did not last long, though, because losses to Somerset and Gloucestershire followed. In fact, their only positives in the Twenty20 Cup were the two one-run victories over Warwickshire, as every other match apart from their last one with Glamorgan Dragons ended without a victory - and the last one was academic anyway. The Championship did not give any relief, either, as they lost to Yorkshire by three wickets, before Glamorgan got the better of them in the National League, where Worcestershire had now slumped to last place.

They also became the first team to lose to Northamptonshire in the Championship, as they relinquished their play-off spot with an 82-run loss. They recovered well in the National League, though, beating Gloucestershire by 20 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method, before rain resulted in a no-result against Hampshire Hawks. A three-day match with the touring Australians ended in a draw, having been shortened to two days due to rain.

August started with two losses to Northamptonshire Steelbacks - one in the National League and one in the Championship. After an eight-day break from cricket, Worcestershire came back strongly, though, amassing 696 for 8 declared and beating Somerset by an innings, which meant they could entertain a small hope of promotion. A mixed bag of results with a win and a loss in two games in the National League followed before a Championship match with Lancashire, which they lost by an innings and 73 runs. The month ended with a home draw with Leicestershire.

Worcestershire moved out of the National League relegation zone with a victory over Gloucestershire on the first Sunday in September, before a draw with Yorkshire put them further adrift of a promotion spot in the Championship. Their National League luck was short-lived too, as they lost to Nottinghamshire and Essex on successive week-ends, leaving them precariously placed before their last match of the season - which would be a virtual play-off match against Lancashire. First, however, they drew with Essex in the Championship, before National League relegation was a fact thanks to a 75-run loss to Lancashire.

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