1874 English cricket season

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The 1874 English cricket season saw WG Grace become the first player to perform the “double” in an English season. In 21 first-class matches, he scored 1664 runs and took 140 wickets.

The season was notable for a major accident to leading Yorkshire fast bowler Allen Hill, who was the leading wicket-taker in the game at the time[1] but never bowled for the rest of the season.

Champion County[a][edit]

Playing record (by county)[2][edit]

County Played Won Lost Drawn
Derbyshire 4 3 0 1
Gloucestershire 6 4 1 1
Kent 4 1 2 1
Lancashire 6 1 3 2
Middlesex 6 1 4 1
Nottinghamshire 8 5 3 0
Surrey 10 3 6 1
Sussex 8 1 5 2
Yorkshire 12 8 3 1
[c]

Leading batsmen (qualification 15 innings)[edit]

1874 English season leading batsmen[3]
Name Team Matches Innings Not outs Runs Highest score Average 100s 50s
WG Grace Gloucestershire
MCC
21 32 0 1664 179 52.00 8 2
Harry Jupp Surrey 21 37 2 1275 154 36.42 3 7
Monkey Hornby Lancashire
MCC
8 15 2 365 72 28.07 0 3
Henry Charlwood Sussex 16 30 5 701 100 28.04 1 2
Fred Grace Gloucestershire 18 27 4 645 103 28.04 1 2

Leading bowlers (qualification 800 balls)[edit]

1874 English season leading bowlers[4]
Name Team Balls bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Average Best bowling 5 wickets
in innings
10 wickets
in match
Thomas Lang Oxford University
Gloucestershire
1351 395 35 11.28 6/27 4 1
Martin McIntyre Nottinghamshire
All England Eleven
1002 408 36 11.33 6/18 3 0
Allen Hill Yorkshire 3075 1156 105 11.44 8/48 10 5
Tom Emmett Yorkshire 3790 1243 107 11.61 6/21 10 2
James Southerton Surrey 4857 1576 128 12.31 8/70 13 4

Notes[edit]

a An unofficial seasonal title sometimes proclaimed by consensus of media and historians prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship was constituted. Although there are ante-dated claims prior to 1873, when residence qualifications were introduced, it is only since that ruling that any quasi-official status can be ascribed.
b Some sources give Derbyshire and though this was once accepted in some publications, including Wisden on the basis of the "least matches lost" principle, it has been superseded.
c Hampshire, though regarded until 1885 as first-class, played no inter-county matches between 1868 and 1869 or 1871 and 1874.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allen Hill
  2. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 53 ISBN 072701868X
  3. ^ First Class Batting in England in 1874
  4. ^ First Class Bowling in England in 1874

Annual reviews[edit]

  • John Lillywhite’s Cricketer's Companion (Green Lilly), Lillywhite, 1875
  • James Lillywhite’s Cricketers' Annual (Red Lilly), Lillywhite, 1875
  • John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack 1875

External links[edit]