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Roy Booth

Roy Booth
Personal information
Full name Roy Booth
Born (1926-10-01) 1 October 1926
Marsden, West Yorkshire, England
Batting style Right-handed batsman (RHB)
Bowling style Right-arm medium (also wicketkeeper)
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 468 14
Runs scored 10,134 160
Batting average 18.90 16.00
100s/50s 2/24 -/1
Top score 113* 55
Balls bowled 12
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 948/178 28/2
Source: CricketArchive

Roy Booth (born 1 October 1926,[1] Marsden, West Yorkshire, England) was an English first-class cricketer, who played for both Yorkshire and Worcestershire.

A product of Golcar Cricket Club, where he lived most of his early life, he was professional with Lightcliffe from 1948–53 and 1955. A specialist wicket-keeper, he took 948 catches and completed 178 stumpings in a career that spanned two decades from 1951 to 1970, and 468 first-class games. He took another 28 catches and made two stumpings in his List A one-day matches.


Booth came late to first-class cricket, not making his debut for his native Yorkshire until he was 24, and was a fringe player in the Yorkshire team until the retirement of Don Brennan at the end of the 1953 season. He was then first choice for Yorkshire in 1954 and in the first half of 1955, but lost his place mid-season to Jimmy Binks.[1]

He joined Worcestershire on special registration for the 1956 season, won his county cap in his first season and was then the regular wicket-keeper for the team for the next thirteen seasons, during which time the county achieved greater success than at any time before. The side came second in the County Championship for the first time in 1962 and two years later went one better, winning the title for the first time. They retained the Championship in 1965.

Booth's contribution to the success was substantial. Taller than many wicket-keepers of the period, he seemed well-equipped to handle Worcestershire's battery of fast-medium bowlers in the late 1950s, led by Jack Flavell and Len Coldwell. But the emergence from 1960 of a more balanced bowling attack, with the arrival of first Doug Slade and then Norman Gifford, both slow left-arm, not only gave Worcestershire a Championship-winning edge but also showed Booth to be among the best all-round wicket-keepers in the country at the time. Despite his record, he appears never to have been close to Test selection, as the long-standing Godfrey Evans was succeeded as England wicketkeeper by a series of players (Roy Swetman, John Murray, Geoff Millman, Jim Parks) a few years younger than Booth.

Booth set records for both season and career dismissals for Worcestershire, though his career total has since been overtaken by Steve Rhodes. He is the last wicket-keeper to have completed 100 dismissals in an English first-class season, and achieved this feat twice, in 1960, when he made 101 dismissals and in the Championship-winning season of 1964, when he made exactly 100 dismissals. With the reduction in first-class matches that has taken place in the years since, it is unlikely that this feat will ever be repeated, and Booth is one of only seven keepers to have achieved this milestone.

Booth had no great reputation for batting when he joined Worcestershire, having made only one score of more than 50 in five seasons with Yorkshire. But he turned himself into a highly effective lower middle-order batsman with a very upright stance and a "correct" batting style. In 1959, he made 1,042 runs, the only time he passed 1,000 runs in a season – though two years later, in 1961, he was within two runs of a potential record. In this season, he made 998 runs with just one innings of over 50 and a highest score of just 54: had he scored those two runs, he would have had the "lowest highest score" of any player completing 1,000 runs in an English season, a record at present held by his Worcestershire colleague, Dick Richardson.

Booth maintained form and fitness into his forties, and acted as deputy captain for some years before his retirement at the end of the 1968 season. He returned for four first-class matches, and one List A game, in an injury crisis in 1970.

He later worked for Worcestershire serving on the committee for many years.

He was a good soccer player with Yorkshire Amateurs, and had he trails with Burnley F.C.


  1. ^ a b Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 364.  

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