1899 English cricket season

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In the 1899 English cricket season, Surrey won the County Championship for the first time in four years, and the title turned out to be their last until 1914. Surrey's season was dominated by draws, with fourteen out of 26 games drawn, just like the season in general - especially the Australian team's tour. Four of five Test matches were drawn on the tour, but Australia won the second Test at Lord's, and the series 1–0. This was their first Ashes series win in England since the original match in 1882. Also, Worcestershire became the fifteenth county in the County Championship, debuting with an 11-run loss to Yorkshire despite earning a 78-run lead on first innings. George Wilson took eight for 70 in the first innings, which was a Worcestershire Championship record until Wilson beat it against Somerset in 1905. The debutants finished twelfth, though they only earned two wins in 12 games. Finally, Sussex' Ranjitsinhji became the first batsman to hit 2000 runs in a Championship season with 102 against Lancashire in August.

England team v. Australia, Trent Bridge 1899. Back row: Dick Barlow (umpire), Tom Hayward, George Hirst, Billy Gunn, J T Hearne (12th man), Bill Storer (wkt kpr), Bill Brockwell, V A Titchmarsh (umpire). Middle row: C B Fry, K S Ranjitsinhji, W G Grace (captain), Stanley Jackson. Front row: Wilfred Rhodes, Johnny Tyldesley.

The season was a notable one for WG Grace. The First Test marked his final appearance for England (and the Test debut of Wilfred Rhodes). Also Grace played his last Championship game for Gloucestershire, having fallen out with them over his involvement with London County.

Honours[edit]

County Championship[edit]

Final table[edit]

County Championship 1899 - Final Standings
Team P W L D A Pts GC1 Pts/GC (as %)
1 Surrey 26 10 2 14 0 8 12 66.67
2 Middlesex 18 11 3 4 0 8 14 57.14
3 Yorkshire 28 14 4 10 0 10 18 55.56
4 Lancashire 26 12 6 7 1 6 18 33.33
5 Sussex 22 7 5 10 0 2 12 16.67
6 Essex 20 6 6 8 0 0 12 0.00
7 Warwickshire 20 4 5 11 0 -1 9 -11.11
8 Kent 20 6 8 5 1 -2 14 -14.29
9 Gloucestershire 20 5 8 7 0 -3 13 -23.08
10 Hampshire 20 4 8 8 0 -4 12 -33.33
10 Nottinghamshire 16 2 4 10 0 -2 6 -33.33
12 Worcestershire 12 2 5 5 0 -3 7 -42.86
13 Leicestershire 18 2 8 8 0 -6 10 -60.00
13 Somerset 16 2 8 6 0 -6 10 -60.00
15 Derbyshire 18 2 9 7 0 -7 11 -63.64
  • 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]

1899 County Championship - leading batsmen
Name Team Matches Runs Average 100s 50s
Ranjitsinhji Sussex 20 2285 76.16 7 10
Bobby Abel Surrey 26 2134 64.66 5 11
Tom Hayward Surrey 23 1798 64.21 4 10
Charlie Townsend Gloucestershire 19 1694 56.46 7 3
Johnny Tyldesley Lancashire 23 1584 41.68 2 10

Most wickets in the County Championship[edit]

1899 County Championship - leading bowlers
Name Team Matches Balls bowled Wickets taken Average
Albert Trott Middlesex 20 5290 146 15.69
Wilfred Rhodes Yorkshire 26 5417 129 15.66
Arthur Paish Gloucestershire 24 5151 125 18.93
Walter Mead Essex 18 5226 112 17.12
Bill Bradley Kent 21 4486 112 18.77

Overall first-class statistics[edit]

Leading batsmen[edit]

1899 English cricket season - leading batsmen
Name Team(s) Matches Runs Average 100s 50s
Ranjitsinhji England, Gentlemen, MCC, South of England, Sussex 34 3159 63.18 8 17
Bobby Abel Players, South of England, Surrey 35 2685 53.70 7 12
Tom Hayward England, Players, South of England, Surrey 35 2647 58.82 7 13
Charlie Townsend England, Gentlemen, Gloucestershire, MCC, South of England 30 2440 51.91 9 6
CB Fry England, Gentlemen, South of England, Sussex 31 2366 43.81 5 13

Leading bowlers[edit]

1899 English cricket season - leading bowlers
Name Team(s) Matches Balls bowled Wickets taken Average
Albert Trott England, MCC, Middlesex, Players 32 8796 239 17.09
Wilfred Rhodes England, Players, Yorkshire 34 7595 179 17.10
Bill Bradley England, Gentlemen, Kent, South of England 25 6285 156 19.10
Walter Mead England, Essex, MCC, Players 28 6887 146 18.04
Hugh Trumble Australia 32 6224 142 18.43

Annual reviews[edit]

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