Bob Barber Award

Bob Barber

Robert ("Bob") William Barber (born on 26 September 1935 in Withington, Manchester) is a former English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Cambridge University, Lancashire and Warwickshire from 1954 to 1969.


Bob Barber played 28 Test matches for England. He was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1967.

A hard hitting batsman he is perhaps best remembered for an innings of 185 against Australia on the 1965-66 tour.

Barber was also a big-turning legspinner who averaged one and a half wickets per Test with his 42 victims.

After retiring from the limelight of the cricket field Bob Barber settled in Switzerland and for some years he has actively supported junior cricket in this country.


The Bob Barber Award, presented by Bob Barber, is awarded annually to the Swiss junior player, who has made the most outstanding contribution to junior cricket in their age group (U11, U13, U15, U17 & U19) will receive a trophy to commemorate the occasion.


The criteria:

At the Under 17 and Under 19 levels the award will be presented to a player who takes part in the Swiss Colts team both in competitive (adult league and cup matches) and friendly matches - although with more emphasis on competitive cricket. In this way the selectors aim to reward those who are within the youth cricket structure. This is especially the case because the Bob Barber Award has always been about advancing Swiss-qualified players who can play for the national teams. For this reason strong preference will be given be given to those who are Swiss-qualified at the age group or who are likely to have a long-term future with the national side.  

Outside of this above criterion the decision will be based on the players’ statistics (see Points 1-4 concerning the individual disciplines below), but the selectors would also take into account strong performances in tight matches and clear excellence in one discipline (i.e. all-rounders will not automatically get the award if someone has been outstanding in bowling or batting). 


At the Under 15, Under 13 and Under 11 levels the award will be presented to a Swiss national player who takes part in both national tournaments (e.g. indoor competitions, the Zuoz Tournament) and international matches and tours – with the emphasis on competitive cricket.

Cricket is a game that requires players to be skilled at multiple disciplines – To take wickets, to score runs, to take catches, to effect run outs. The value to a side of a genuine all-rounder cannot be underestimated, especially at these younger levels.

Here the Player of the Year will be decided, in addition to the above criterion, by combining a player's overall individual performances using a formula which would include the following: Batting + Bowling + Fielding + Captaincy


1. Batting: The basis of the batting criteria takes into account runs scored, (when possible the rate scored at, and the % of the team's total).

In addition, responsibility shown during any innings must be considered.

Batting bonuses are achieved for reaching a half century/ a century.

2. Bowling: The basis for the bowling criteria takes into account the number of wickets and strike rates. Whether bowlers get out higher or lower order batsmen can also be taken into account.

Bowling bonuses can be achieved for taking 5 or more wickets in an innings, and bowling maidens.

3. Fielding: Points to take into consideration are: Catches; Run outs - direct hits ; Run outs - assists; Stumpings; Runs saved through excellence in the field.

4. Captaincy: A captain of a national side will receive a bonus.

2015 Bob Barber Award winners (l-r): T.Allen, J.Sinh, T.Harper, A.Vinod, L.Specogna
2015 Bob Barber Award winners (l-r): T.Allen, J.Sinh, T.Harper, A.Vinod, L.Specogna


Bob Barber Award winners over the years:

 U11  U13  U15  U17  U19
 2015  Tom Harper  Luke Specogna

 Thomas Allen

 Jai Sinh

 Ashwin Vinod

 2014  James West  Ed Clayton

 Ruan Kruger &

Nicholas Henderson

 Jai Sinh &

Aidan Andrews

 Arjun Vinod &

 Ashwin Vinod

 2013  Luke Specogna  Rohan Jain     Aidan Andrews, Jai Sinh &

Marishque Puvimamasinghe

 Arjun Vinod
 2012  Chris Langford  Anthony Palmiero  Ashwin Vinod  Simon Henderson  Manish Lal
 2011  Rohan Jain  Neil Wright

 Callum Hirst & 

 Simon Henderson

 Arjun Vinod  Ali Saleem