1898 English cricket season

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Yorkshire won the County Championship in the 1898 English cricket season, thus giving them their second title in three years, and it was an emphatic one. No one came close to their record of 16 wins in 26 games, and seven draws also helped them along to the Championship victory. Middlesex finished second after two wins over Kent in late August, to improve five places on their 1897 finish, while Derbyshire broke their streak of 22 Championship matches without defeat by beating Hampshire in late May. As for individual performances, Surrey batsman Bobby Abel made 1800 runs for the second season in succession, one run off his own Championship record from 1897.

Honours[edit]

County Championship[edit]

Final table[edit]

County Championship 1898 – Final Standings
Team P W L D Pts GC1 Pts/GC (as %)
1 Yorkshire 26 16 3 7 0 13 19 68.42
2 Middlesex 18 10 3 5 0 7 13 53.85
3 Gloucestershire 20 9 3 8 0 6 12 50.00
4 Surrey 26 11 4 9 2 7 15 46.67
5 Essex 20 10 6 4 0 4 16 25.00
6 Lancashire 26 9 6 11 0 3 15 20.00
7 Kent 20 5 6 9 0 −1 11 −9.09
8 Nottinghamshire 16 1 2 13 0 −1 3 −33.33
9 Derbyshire 16 2 6 7 1 −4 8 −50.00
9 Sussex 20 3 9 8 0 −6 12 −50.00
9 Warwickshire 18 2 6 9 1 −4 8 −50.00
12 Hampshire 18 2 8 8 0 −6 10 −60.00
13 Leicestershire 16 1 10 5 0 −9 11 −81.82
14 Somerset 16 1 10 5 0 −9 11 −81.82
  • 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]

1898 County Championship – leading batsmen
Name Team Matches Runs Average 100s 50s
Bobby Abel Surrey 24 1832 57.25 7 10
Johnny Tyldesley Lancashire 26 1801 39.15 2 12
CB Fry Sussex 16 1604 59.40 6 8
John Tunnicliffe Yorkshire 24 1538 46.60 4 8
Bill Brockwell Surrey 24 1468 43.17 5 5

Most wickets in the County Championship[edit]

1898 County Championship – leading bowlers
Name Team Matches Balls bowled Wickets taken Average
Charlie Townsend Gloucestershire 20 4905 130 20.00
Wilfred Rhodes Yorkshire 26 4949 126 13.84
Tom Richardson Surrey 24 5167 126 21.29
Jack Hearne Middlesex 18 5663 125 14.76
Bill Lockwood Surrey 21 4188 109 17.06

Overall first-class statistics[edit]

Leading batsmen[edit]

1898 English cricket season – leading batsmen
Name Team(s) Matches Runs Average 100s 50s
Bobby Abel Players, Surrey 30 2053 48.88 7 11
Johnny Tyldesley Lancashire, Players 29 1918 37.60 2 13
John Tunnicliffe Players, Yorkshire 30 1804 41.00 4 9
CB Fry Gentlemen, Sussex 19 1788 54.18 6 10
Bill Brockwell Players, Surrey 30 1686 38.31 6 5

Leading bowlers[edit]

1898 English cricket season – leading bowlers
Name Team(s) Matches Balls bowled Wickets taken Average
J. T. Hearne MCC, Middlesex, Players 30 9053 222 14.05
Tom Richardson Surrey 29 6119 161 19.54
Wilfred Rhodes Players, Yorkshire 33 6149 154 14.60
Charlie Townsend Gentlemen, Gloucestershire 25 5587 145 20.64
Bill Lockwood Players, Surrey 26 5010 134 16.62

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