1887 English cricket season
The 1887 English cricket season saw Surrey established as the leading county for the first time in over twenty years, a place they would retain until 1892.
Leading batsmen (qualification 20 innings)
|1887 English season leading batsmen|
|Name||Team||Matches||Innings||Not outs||Runs||Highest score||Average||100s||50s|
|24||46||8||2062||183 not out||54.26||6||8|
|18||31||5||1244||243 not out||47.84||3||3|
|Kingsmill Key||Oxford University
Leading bowlers (qualification 1,000 balls)
|1887 English season leading bowlers|
|Name||Team||Balls bowled||Runs conceded||Wickets taken||Average||Best bowling||5 wickets
- Five batsmen with twenty or more innings averaged over 40. Before 1887, no more than two had ever done so in one season.
- W.G. Grace for the third time reached 2,000 runs; an aggregate not reached by any other batsman until 1893.
- Arthur Shrewsbury averaged 78.71 for twenty-three innings, beating W.G. Grace’s 1871 record of 78.25. This was not beaten until Robert Poore averaged 91.23 in 1899.
- Shrewsbury’s innings of 267 against Middlesex, at 615 minutes, remains the longest innings ever played in a county match.
- Walter Read became the first batsman to play two consecutive innings of over 200, scoring 247 against Lancashire and 244 against Cambridge University
- For the last time until 1970, no bowler took nine wickets in an innings, with the best analysis being eight for 26 by Dick Barlow.
- As a result of some extremely bad results (only three wins and twenty-nine losses from thirty-five games) and financial trouble, Derbyshire were demoted from first-class status at the end of the season, not to return until 1895.
- An unofficial points system of one point for a win and half a point for a draw was devised by the "Cricket Reporting Agency" as a replacement for the former method of fewest matches lost to decide the "Champion County". Along with a more rigid schedule, it became the ancestor of the official County Championship from 1890 onwards.
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 1887 season saw an unofficial point system of 1 point for a win and 0.5 points for a draw devised by the "Cricket Reporting Agency"
- Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 54 ISBN 072701868X
- First Class Batting in England in 1887
- First Class Bowling in England in 1887
- Hadley Centre England and Wales Precipitation
- Wynne-Thomas; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; pp. 17-20
- Nottinghamshire v Middlesex in 1887
- Webber, Roy; The Playfair Book of Cricket Records; p. 43. Published 1951 by Playfair Books.
- Lancashire v Surrey in 1887
- Surrey v Cambridge University in 1887
- Preston, Norman (editor); Wisden, 108th Edition (1971); p. 278
- James Lillywhite’s Cricketers’ Annual (Red Lilly), Lillywhite, 1888
- John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack 1888