1897 English cricket season

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The 1897 English cricket season saw Lancashire win the County Championship title for the first time in the official running of the Championship, thanks mainly to only three losses in twenty-six matches. Surrey won more games, and beat Lancashire twice, but one more loss than Lancashire meant that they would have to be content with second place. They could have taken the Championship home if they had beaten Sussex in the last game at The County Ground, Hove, but after gaining a five-run lead on first innings, Surrey let Billy Murdoch, C. B. Fry and George Bean make half-centuries, and rain spoiled their chances of winning on the final day. In the bottom of the table, Derbyshire strung together a run of 16 matches without victory, as they finished last in the table, and with the end of 1896 yielding three matches without a win, Derbyshire's streak read 19 matches without a win at the end of the season.

Honours[edit]

County Championship[edit]

Final table[edit]

County Championship 1897 – Final Standings
Team P W L D Pts GC1 Pts/GC (as %)
1 Lancashire 26 16 3 7 13 19 68.42
2 Surrey 26 17 4 5 13 21 61.90
3 Essex 16 7 2 7 5 9 55.56
4 Yorkshire 26 13 5 8 8 18 44.44
5 Gloucestershire 18 7 5 6 2 12 16.67
6 Sussex 20 5 6 9 −1 11 −9.09
7 Middlesex 16 3 4 9 −1 7 −14.29
7 Warwickshire 18 3 4 11 −1 7 −14.29
9 Hampshire 18 4 7 7 −3 11 −27.27
10 Nottinghamshire 16 2 5 9 −3 7 −42.86
11 Somerset 16 3 9 4 −6 12 −50.00
12 Kent 18 2 10 6 −8 12 −66.67
13 Leicestershire 14 1 10 3 −9 11 −81.82
14 Derbyshire 16 0 9 7 −9 9 −100.00
  • 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]

1897 County Championship – leading batsmen
Name Team Matches Runs Average 100s 50s
Bobby Abel Surrey 26 1833 50.91 6 5
Jack Brown Yorkshire 22 1431 43.36 3 6
Ted Wainwright Yorkshire 25 1372 39.20 5 4
David Denton Yorkshire 26 1328 34.05 2 8
Ranjitsinhji Sussex 19 1318 42.51 3 6

Most wickets in the County Championship[edit]

1897 County Championship – leading bowlers
Name Team Matches Balls bowled Wickets taken Average
Tom Richardson Surrey 26 6990 238 14.23
Johnny Briggs Lancashire 26 5770 140 16.38
Frederick Bull Essex 16 4365 109 20.38
Willis Cuttell Lancashire 26 519 102 17.77
John Hearne Middlesex 16 5333 102 18.52

Overall first-class statistics[edit]

Leading batsmen[edit]

1897 English cricket season – leading batsmen
Name Team(s) Matches Runs Average 100s 50s
Bobby Abel Players, South of England, Surrey 32 2099 44.65 6 7
Ranjitsinhji Gentlemen, MCC, Sussex 26 1940 45.11 5 7
Jack Brown North of England, Players, Yorkshire 29 1809 42.06 3 9
George Brann Gentlemen, South of England, Sussex 26 1626 36.95 3 12
Ted Wainwright North of England, Players, Yorkshire 32 1612 35.82 5 6

Leading bowlers[edit]

1897 English cricket season – leading bowlers
Name Team(s) Matches Balls bowled Wickets taken Average
Tom Richardson Players, South of England, Surrey 30 8019 273 14.45
John Hearne MCC, Middlesex, Players 26 8113 173 17.72
Johnny Briggs Lancashire 28 6465 155 16.51
Cyril Bland South of England, Sussex 26 5703 129 21.66
Willis Cuttell Lancashire, North of England 29 5609 120 16.45

Annual reviews[edit]

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