1866 English cricket season

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The 1866 English cricket season saw the demise of Surrey as one of the top cricketing counties and the emergence of W. G. Grace as the game’s leading batsman with the highest first-class score since William Ward’s famous innings forty-six years beforehand. It also saw the emergence of future star slow bowler James Southerton who had already played first-class cricket on and off as a moderately successful batsman for a dozen seasons, and the first known "hundred before lunch" in first-class cricket.

Events[edit]

  • 30–31 July: W. G. Grace at the age of eighteen plays an innings of 224 not out which was the highest first-class score since William Ward’s record 278 for MCC against Norfolk in 1820.
  • 21 August: John Sewell becomes the first batsman to score a hundred before the luncheon interval[1] when he advances from 29 not out to 166 for Middlesex against Surrey at The Oval.[2]

Playing record (by county)[3][edit]

County Played Won Lost Drawn
Cambridgeshire 5 2 2 1
Hampshire 2 1 1 0
Kent 5 1 1 3
Lancashire 4 0 3 1
Middlesex 8 6 1 1
Nottinghamshire 6 2 1 3
Surrey 10 4 5 1
Sussex 5 1 1 3
Yorkshire 3 0 2 1

Leading batsmen (qualification 10 innings)[edit]

1866 English season leading batsmen[4]
Name Team Matches Innings Not outs Runs Highest score Average 100s 50s
Bob Carpenter Cambridgeshire 7 10 4 367 97 not out 61.16 0 2
W. G. Grace Gentlemen
South of England
8 13 2 581 224 not out 52.81 2 1
Edward Walker MCC
Middlesex
14 18 4 550 79 39.28 0 6
Orlando Spencer-Smith Oxford University
Hampshire
6 10 1 288 86 32.00 0 2
Charles Payne Kent
Sussex
10 16 2 471 135 not out 33.64 1 2

Leading bowlers (qualification 800 balls)[edit]

1866 English season leading bowlers[5]
Name Team Balls bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Average Best bowling 5 wickets
in innings
10 wickets
in match
Jem Shaw Nottinghamshire
All England Eleven
1446 430 40 10.75 6/36 4 1
James Lillywhite Sussex 3366 910 71 12.81 7/98 6 1
Edgar Willsher Kent 2313 688 52 13.23 7/24 3 1
George Tarrant Cambridgeshire
All England Eleven
2173 809 61 13.26 7/47 6 2
James Southerton Hampshire 1012 435 32 13.59 7/49 5 2

Annual reviews[edit]

  • John Lillywhite's Cricketer’s Companion (Green Lilly), Lillywhite, 1867
  • Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 9 (1865–1866), Lillywhite, 1867

External sources[edit]

  1. ^ Frindall, Bill (editor); The Wisden Book of Cricket Records (Fourth Edition); pp. 129-144. ISBN 0747222037
  2. ^ Surrey v Middlesex in 1866
  3. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 53 ISBN 072701868X
  4. ^ First Class Batting in England in 1866
  5. ^ First Class Bowling in England in 1866