1895 English cricket season

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The 1895 English cricket season saw Surrey win the County Championship title for the fifth time in six years, despite increased competition, as the tournament was expanded from nine to fourteen teams. The points system for the Championship was changed, as the teams played differing amount of games, and this new system involved dividing the number of points by the number of matches that ended in either a win or a loss. Draws were thus completely disregarded, as they gave zero points. Derbyshire was the best debutant team, taking fifth place.

Another championship made its bow as this season was the first to stage the Minor Counties Championship. The inaugural title was shared by three teams: Durham, Norfolk and Worcestershire.

In the early part of the season improved batting conditions and long spells of dry weather caused much heavier scoring than in previous seasons. There were a number of very large scores up until mid-July, when Archie MacLaren played his famous innings of 424 for Lancashire against Somerset at Taunton. However, after this point, rain returned and most pitches from 20 July onwards were sticky, with the result that bowlers dominanted the latter part of the season. Charlie Townsend got an amazing amount of spin on the ball on these treacherous pitches - taking 122 wickets in the last 11 county games - whilst established bowlers like Peel, Richardson, Mold and Briggs were also very difficult.

At the age of 46 (when the season began), WG Grace enjoyed a remarkable renaissance, being the leading run-scorer in all first-class matches and averaging over 50. He became the first player ever to score one thousand runs during the month of May and also the first to reach the career landmark of one hundred first-class centuries.

Honours[edit]

County Championship[edit]

Final table[edit]

County Championship 1895 - Final Standings
Team P W L D A Pts GC1 Pts/GC (as %)
1 Surrey 26 17 4 5 1 13 21 61.90
2 Lancashire 22 14 4 3 1 10 18 55.56
3 Yorkshire 26 14 7 5 0 7 21 33.33
4 Gloucestershire 18 8 6 4 2 0 14 14.29
5 Derbyshire 16 5 4 7 0 1 9 11.11
6 Middlesex 18 6 6 6 0 0 12 0.00
6 Warwickshire 18 6 6 6 0 0 12 0.00
8 Somerset 18 6 8 3 1 -2 14 -14.29
9 Essex 16 5 7 4 0 -2 12 -16.67
10 Hampshire 16 6 9 1 0 -3 15 -20.00
11 Sussex 18 5 9 4 0 -4 14 28.57
12 Leicestershire 16 3 10 3 0 -7 13 -53.85
12 Nottinghamshire 18 3 10 5 0 -7 13 -53.85
14 Kent 18 3 11 4 0 -8 14 -57.14
  • 1 Games completed

Points system:

  • 1 for a win
  • 0 for a draw, a tie or an abandoned match
  • -1 for a loss

Most runs in the County Championship[edit]

1895 County Championship - leading batsmen
Name Team Matches Runs Average 100s 50s
Bobby Abel Surrey 26 1787 51.05 4 6
Albert Ward Lancashire 21 1446 43.81 1 11
WG Grace Gloucestershire 18 1424 50.85 4 3
Ranjitsinhji Sussex 18 1364 41.33 2 10
John Tunnicliffe Yorkshire 26 1167 27.13 2 6

Most wickets in the County Championship[edit]

1895 County Championship - leading bowlers
Name Team Matches Balls bowled Wickets taken Average
Tom Richardson Surrey 25 6773 239 13.78
Arthur Mold Lancashire 21 6484 182 13.71
Bobby Peel Yorkshire 24 6884 136 14.80
George Herbert Hirst Yorkshire 26 5516 130 16.93
Charlie Townsend Gloucestershire 12 3376 124 12.58

Overall first-class statistics[edit]

Leading batsmen[edit]

1895 English cricket season - leading batsmen
Name Team(s) Matches Runs Average 100s 50s
WG Grace England, Gentlemen, Gloucestershire, MCC, South of England 29 2346 51.00 9 5
Bobby Abel Players, South of England, Surrey 32 2057 44.71 5 6
Albert Ward England, Lancashire, North of England, Players 27 1790 42.61 2 12
Ranjitsinhji England, Sussex 21 1775 49.30 4 11
Andrew Stoddart Gentlemen, I Zingari, MCC, Middlesex, South of England 25 1622 37.72 2 11

Leading bowlers[edit]

1895 English cricket season - leading bowlers
Name Team(s) Matches Balls bowled Wickets taken Average
Tom Richardson Players, South of England Surrey 31 8456 290 14.37
Arthur Mold England, Lancashire, North of England, Players 27 8143 213 15.96
Bobby Peel North of England, Players, Yorkshire 32 8509 180 14.97
Walter Mead England, Essex, MCC, South of England 23 6034 179 14.55
George Herbert Hirst North of England, Yorkshire 32 6312 150 17.06

Annual reviews[edit]

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