1872 English cricket season
The 1872 English cricket season saw the first experiment in pitch covering.
Leading batsmen (qualification 15 innings)
|1872 English season leading batsmen|
|Name||Team||Matches||Innings||Not outs||Runs||Highest score||Average||100s||50s|
|20||32||7||1485||170 not out||57.11||6||6|
|William Yardley||Cambridge University
|Frederick Fryer||Cambridge University||9||15||0||405||91||27.00||0||3|
Leading bowlers (qualification 800 balls)
|1872 English season leading bowlers|
|Name||Team||Balls bowled||Runs conceded||Wickets taken||Average||Best bowling||5 wickets
|Arthur Ridley||Oxford University||844||332||31||10.70||6/23||3||0|
- An experiment took place at Lord’s to study the effects of covering the pitch before the start of a match, the first time this is known to have been tried. Unlike the recently introduced heavy roller which became universally used by 1880 and produced major changes in the game by eliminating previously ubiquitous shooters, covering was for a long time severely rejected in England: it was the wet summer of 1924 before covering as regular practice was even considered and 1959 before it was considered "acceptable".
- 14 May: MCC lose seven wickets before their first run is scored on a sticky wicket at Lord’s against James Southerton and William Marten of Surrey. Their ninth wicket falls at 8 - which would have been the lowest score in a major match for sixty-two years - but the last wicket doubles the score
- Prince's Cricket Ground hosted its first first-class match being between North and South on 16 May. Before being built on, it was generally praised for its wickets and the scenery surrounding the ground.
a Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire played a third match at the short-lived Prince's Cricket Ground, Chelsea
b Hampshire, though regarded until 1885 as first-class, played no inter-county matches between 1868 and 1869 or 1871 and 1874
- Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 53 ISBN 072701868X
- First Class Batting in England in 1872
- First Class Bowling in England in 1872
- Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970 p. 284.
- Rosenwater, Irving; "A History of Wicket-Covering in England"; in Preston, Norman (editor); Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac; One Hundred and Seventh Edition (1970); pp. 131-146
- Pardon, Sydney H. (editor); John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack, Sixty-Second Edition (1925); Part I; p. 333
- Marylebone Cricket Club v Surrey in 1872
- Rae, Simon; W. G. Grace: A Life; p. 106 ISBN 0571195733
- John Lillywhite’s Cricketer's Companion (Green Lilly), Lillywhite, 1873
- James Lillywhite’s Cricketers' Annual (Red Lilly), Lillywhite, 1873
- John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack, 1873