Duckworth Lewis – 2 books & 1 download Standard Method (below)

The men behind it

Complements their Guide to Resetting Targets in One Day Matches.

Name cricket's most famous partnership nowadays and you can forget Hobbs & Sutcliffe, Statham & Trueman or Lillee & Thomson. Instead you have to turn to Duckworth & Lewis, the two statisticians who brought order to the one-day game when rain interfered. These days almost every weather-truncated one-day match throughout the world is decided by the Duckworth Lewis method; this book tells the story behind it; how it came into being and how the two were sometimes pilloried in the media after commentators and correspondents failed to understand the logic behind it.

Mathematicians and keen cricket fans, Frank Duckworth, editor of RSS News, the monthly magazine of the Royal Statistical Society, and Tony Lewis, retired university lecturer in mathematical subjects, grew up within a few miles of each other in West Lancashire although they didn't know one another - indeed they had planned to call their formula the 'Lancastrian' method. The book sets out why the method was needed and gives a full explanation of how it works. Although a computer program is needed for top games, those at a lesser level can still use the tables in the book.

But the book also shows the human side of the story, how they persuaded the cricket authorities to accept their method; the mistakes they made along the way and how they corrected them; the way they developed it to take account of changes in the way the game is played, and how they coped with increasing fame. Most of all it tells how two mathematicians were able to blend their separate skills to succeed in selling a mathematical product to a non-mathematical public. The duo became so well known that they had a racehorse named after them and then a pop group, although they have a much more famous connection with the world of music than the group The Duckworth Lewis Method: when a student at Liverpool University in the early 1960s Frank Duckworth lodged with Aunt Mimi, the woman who brought up her nephew John Lennon!

Duckworth Lewis Standard Method

Main GUIDE booklet has been REVISED (Aug 2004) with explanation and several worked examples using the latest statistical tables (revised slightly in 2002), which are also fully included.   Comb Bound for convenience of opening flat.

A similar edition has also been published in electronic form and is available for downloading from £4.99.   You will also need a copy (free) of Adobe's Acrobat Reader - a very common utility which can be obtained at any time from

For a description on how to use the tables - look at the article on CricInfo . NB Their reference to CODA is obsolete – it has been controlled by ICC and not University of West of England – since 2004/5.

Your comprehensive guide to resetting targets when the overs have been reduced in some limited overs / one day matches by Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis
(2004) at £6.95+p&p (£1.00 UK £4.00 airmail)


Foreword by Tim Lamb, Chief Exec ECB
cover cartoon by Newman
review of other target resetting methods
at a glance summary of D/L method
complete D/L tables as supplied to scorers
(including convenient fold-out)
step-by-step guide to finding D/L targets
many cases of actual D/L match calculations
full official D/L regulations
A5 size for convenience


For a longer introduction - look at the article on CricInfo
For a lengthy press analysis: read Chetan Shah in The Hindu
also : It's not all cricket at YOR 10.

Want a Computer Program - CODA? - Acumen are unable to supply BUT it is hoped that copies will be available from ICC
to the public in the near future - please mention Acumen Books

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