1882 English cricket season
|Cricket formats||major, including inter-county|
The 1882 English cricket season is memorable for the match which gave rise to the Ashes.
Leading batsmen (qualification 20 innings)
|1882 English season leading batsmen|
|Name||Team(s)||Matches||Innings||Not outs||Runs||Highest score||Average||100s||50s|
|25||43||5||1249||126 not out||41.13||4||2|
|Billy Murdoch||Australians||32||55||5||1582||286 not out||31.64||2||7|
|Alexander Webbe||Middlesex||16||28||6||660||108 not out||30.00||1||3|
Leading bowlers (qualification 1,000 balls)
|1882 English season leading bowlers|
|Name||Team||Balls bowled||Runs conceded||Wickets taken||Average||Best bowling||5 wickets
- 8 April (approx.): Formation of Warwickshire CCC at a meeting in Coventry.
- 10 May: Formation of Durham CCC.
- Somerset CCC played its initial first-class match v. Lancashire at Old Trafford on 8, 9 & 10 June and joined the County Championship, but for only four seasons initially.
- 14 August: C.T. Studd became the second player after W.G. Grace to accomplish the "double" of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets, which he ironically achieved by dismissing Grace.
- 28 & 29 August. England v. Australia at The Oval (only Test of the season). Australia won the most famous match in history by 7 runs with F R Spofforth, the original "Demon Bowler", taking seven for 46 and seven for 44. Soon afterwards, The Sporting Times printed its legendary obituary notice:
- In Affectionate Remembrance
- ENGLISH CRICKET,
- which died at the Oval
- 29th AUGUST, 1882,
- Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing
- friends and acquaintances
- N.B.—The body will be cremated and the
- ashes taken to Australia.
- 25 September: Ted Peate breaks the late James Southerton’s 1870 record by taking his 211st wicket of the season. His record stands until Charles Turner takes his 215th wicket on August 23, 1888.
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.
- John Lillywhite's Cricketer's Companion (Green Lilly), Lillywhite, 1883
- James Lillywhite's Cricketers’ Annual (Red Lilly), Lillywhite, 1883
- John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack 1883