1879 English cricket season
|Cricket formats||major, including inter-county|
The 1879 English cricket season saw Lancashire claim a share of the title for the first time.
The summer was the coolest and wettest over the two-and-a-half centuries of climatic records in England, and during the early part of the twentieth century exceptionally wet seasons such as 1903, 1912, 1924 and 1927 were very frequently compared to 1879.
Leading batsmen (qualification 20 innings)
|1879 English season leading batsmen|
|Name||Team||Matches||Innings||Not outs||Runs||Highest score||Average||100s||50s|
|17||22||2||606||64 not out||30.30||0||3|
|Alfred Lyttelton||Cambridge University
|Allan Steel||Cambridge University
Leading bowlers (qualification 1,000 balls)
|1879 English season leading bowlers|
|Name||Team||Balls bowled||Runs conceded||Wickets taken||Average||Best bowling||5 wickets
- 25 March: Formation of Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
- For the last time to date, no batsman reached 1,000 runs for the season.
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 Hampshire, though regarded until 1885 as first-class, played no inter-county matches
- John Lillywhite’s Cricketer’s Companion (Green Lilly), Lillywhite, 1880
- James Lillywhite’s Cricketers’ Annual (Red Lilly), Lillywhite, 1880
- John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack 1880