1861 English cricket season
The 1861 English cricket season saw the creation of the match fund committee that would become Yorkshire CCC.
7 March. A Match Fund Committee to run Yorkshire county matches was established in Sheffield, which had been the home of Yorkshire cricket for nearly 100 years. It was from this fund that Yorkshire CCC was founded two years later: an exact parallel with the formation of Sussex CCC from a similar fund (1836-1839).
HH Stephenson captained the first English team to tour Australia. No first class matches were played.
Robert Carpenter was the leading runscorer with 883 @ 30.44
Edgar Willsher was the leading wicket-taker with 87 @ 11.65
- Fred Lillywhite, The Guide to Cricketers, Lillywhite, 1862
- Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 7 (1861-1862), Lillywhite, 1863
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