1862 English cricket season

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The 1862 English cricket season saw the overarm issue come to a head in a controversial match at The Oval.

First-class matches[edit]

Events[edit]

26 August. Surrey v. England at The Oval. Edgar Willsher of England was no-balled six times in succession by John Lillywhite (son of FW Lillywhite) for bowling with his hand above the shoulder. For some years previously, Willsher and others had bowled in this way and the incident at The Oval put the issue into context. The drama was exaggerated when Willsher and the other eight professionals in the England team walked off the field. Play continued next day but with a replacement umpire.

Leading batsmen[edit]

Thomas Hayward was the leading runscorer with 661 @ 31.47

Leading bowlers[edit]

George Tarrant was the leading wicket-taker with 96 @ 10.07

References[edit]

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999

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