1868 English cricket season
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The 1868 English cricket season featured the tour by the team of Australian Aboriginals.
Leading batsmen (qualification 10 innings)
|1868 English season leading batsmen|
|Name||Team||Matches||Innings||Not outs||Runs||Highest score||Average||100s||50s|
|W. G. Grace||Gentlemen
South of England
|7||11||2||588||134 not out||65.33||3||2|
|James Lillywhite||Sussex||13||24||6||631||126 not out||30.04||1||4|
|Henry Richardson||Cambridge University
|George Savile||Cambridge University
Leading bowlers (qualification 800 balls)
|1868 English season leading bowlers|
|Name||Team||Balls bowled||Runs conceded||Wickets taken||Average||Best bowling||5 wickets
- A team of Australian Aboriginals was the first overseas side to tour England, under the auspices of Sydney publician/cricketer Charles Lawrence. They were not a first class team.
- 25–26 May: Edward Tylecote hits the first recorded score of 300 in any grade of cricket with 404 for Classicals against Moderns at Clifton College
- 20 June: C.A. Absolom became the first player to be given out obstructing the field when playing for Cambridge University v. Surrey at The Oval.
- 3–5 August: Playing for South of the Thames v North of the Thames at Canterbury, W.G. Grace became the second player to score two centuries in a match after William Lambert in 1817.
- The Cattle Market Ground in Islington, the original home of Middlesex County Cricket Club, was sold by its owner for development following the season. The last game, on 5 and 6 October, was between "Gentlemen of Middlesex" and a 22 called "The Clowns". Middlesex were not to have another home until the equally short-lived Prince's Cricket Ground opened.
- Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 53 ISBN 072701868X
- Green, Benny; Wisden Anthology 1864-1900 p. 604 ISBN 0354085557
- First Class Batting in England in 1868
- First Class Bowling in England in 1868
- See Wisden, John (editor); John Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanac; Eighth Edition (1871); pp. 148-149
- Rae, Simon W. G. Grace: A Life; p. 77. ISBN 978-0-571-17855-1.
- Gentlemen of Middlesex v The Clowns in 1868
- John Lillywhite's Cricketer's Companion (Green Lilly), Lillywhite, 1869
- Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 10 (1867-1868), Lillywhite, 1869