1885 English cricket season

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The 1885 English cricket season was the third in succession in which Nottinghamshire was proclaimed the champion county.

Champion County[a][edit]

Playing record (by county)[1][edit]

County Played Won Lost Drawn
Derbyshire 9 3 4 2
Gloucestershire 14 6 7 1
Hampshire 10 2 8 0
Kent 11[b] 6 3 2
Lancashire 11[b] 6 3 2
Middlesex 10 2 7 1
Nottinghamshire 12 6 1 5
Somerset 6 1 5 0
Surrey 20 12 4 4
Sussex 14 3 9 2
Yorkshire 16 7 2 7

Leading batsmen (qualification 20 innings)[edit]

1885 English season[2]
Name Team Matches Innings Not outs Runs Highest score Average 100s 50s
Arthur Shrewsbury Nottinghamshire 16 24 4 1130 224 not out 56.50 4 3
Walter Read Surrey 27 42 0 1880 163 44.76 6 9
WG Grace Gloucestershire 25 42 3 1688 221 not out 43.28 4 10
William Gunn Nottinghamshire
MCC
27 43 3 1451 203 36.27 1 9
Maurice Read Surrey 24 35 2 1137 186 not out 34.45 1 6

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

1885 English season[3]
Name Team Balls bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Average Best bowling 5 wickets
in innings
10 wickets
in match
Johnny Briggs Lancashire 2596 921 67 13.74 9/29 8 2
William Attewell Nottinghamshire
MCC
5204 1218 87 14.00 6/27 6 1
George Lohmann Surrey 5069 2037 142 14.34 8/18 9 3
Alec Hearne Kent 2574 928 64 14.50 8/35 4 1
William Roller Surrey 1666 537 37 14.51 5/34 1 0

Notable events[edit]

  • 1 June – Kent captain Lord Harris writes a letter to Lancashire concerning the "unfair" bowling of Nash and Crossland and decides not to play Lancashire unless they refrain from employing those two bowlers – the refusal is maintained even when the pair drop out.[4]
  • On 17 July, Johnny Briggs and Dick Pilling playing for Lancashire against Surrey set a record stand for the tenth wicket of 173, which stands until 1899.[5]

External sources[edit]

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 return match between Kent and Lancashire was cancelled because Lord Harris objected to the bowling of two Lancashire players

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 54 ISBN 072701868X
  2. ^ First Class Batting in England in 1885
  3. ^ First Class Bowling in England in 1885
  4. ^ Green, Benney; Wisden Anthology 1864-1900; pp. 333-338; ISBN 978-0-354-08555-7
  5. ^ Webber, Roy; The Playfair Book of Cricket Records; p. 127. Published 1951 by Playfair Books.

Annual reviews[edit]