1884 English cricket season

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1884 English cricket season
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The 1884 English cricket season saw Fred Spofforth, an overseas bowler, take the most wickets, but saw England avenge its loss to the touring Australians in 1882.

Champion County[a][edit]

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

County Played Won Lost Drawn
Derbyshire 10 0 10 0
Gloucestershire 12 1 8 3[b]
Hampshire 8 2 6 0
Kent 16 7 7 2
Lancashire 12 7 4 1[b]
Middlesex 10 4 3 3
Nottinghamshire 10 9 0 1
Somerset 6 1 5 0
Surrey 18 9 4 5
Sussex 14 8 5 1
Yorkshire 16 8 4 4

Derbyshire’s ignominy of losing every game has been repeated since in county cricket only by the same club in 1920.

Ashes tour[edit]

Leading batsmen (qualification 20 innings)[edit]

1884 English season leading batsmen[3]
Name Team Matches Innings Not outs Runs Highest score Average 100s 50s
Allan Steel Lancashire
England
MCC
16 28 3 967 148 38.68 2 2
William Scotton Nottinghamshire
England
MCC
19 31 5 897 134 34.50 2 3
WG Grace Gloucestershire
England
MCC
26 45 5 1361 116 34.02 3 2
Lord Harris Kent
England
MCC
25 47 5 1417 112 not out 33.73 3 6
Billy Newham Sussex 12 23 0 741 137 32.21 2 5

Leading bowlers (qualification 1,000 balls)[edit]

1884 English season leading bowlers[4]
Name Team Balls bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Average Best bowling 5 wickets
in innings
10 wickets
in match
Alfred Shaw Nottinghamshire 2968 744 71 10.47 8/28 7 2
Tom Emmett Yorkshire
England
4128 1250 107 11.68 8/32 10 3
William Attewell Nottinghamshire 4600 1217 101 12.04 8/22 8 3
John Crossland Lancashire 2100 893 71 12.57 7/35 6 3
Fred Spofforth Australians 6308 2654 207 12.82 8/62 22 10

Notable events[edit]

  • 31 July and 1 August: Alfred Shaw achieved the notable feat of doing the hat-trick in each innings against Gloucestershire.[5]

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 The match between Lancashire and Gloucestershire scheduled for 24 to 26 July was abandoned on the announcement of the death of Mrs Grace, mother of WG and EM Grace. It is shown as a draw.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 54 ISBN 072701868X
  2. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 54 ISBN 072701868X
  3. ^ First Class Batting in England in 1884
  4. ^ First Class Bowling in England in 1884
  5. ^ Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire in 1884

Annual reviews[edit]

  • John Lillywhite’s Cricketer’s Companion (Green Lilly), Lillywhite, 1885
  • James Lillywhite’s Cricketers’ Annual (Red Lilly), Lillywhite, 1885
  • John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack 1885

External links[edit]