1906 English cricket season

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The 1906 English cricket season saw the Championship decided on the very last day with Kent just pipping Yorkshire for the title. It is famous for two outstanding individual feats in George Hirst’s unique "double Double" of 2,385 runs and 208 wickets, and Tom Hayward breaking Bobby Abel’s 1901 record for the most runs scored in a first-class season.

County Championship[edit]

County Played Won Lost Drawn Points Finished
Games
 %
1 Kent 22 16 2 4 14 18 77.77
2 Yorkshire 28 17 3 8 14 20 70.00
3 Surrey 28 18 4 6 14 22 63.63
4 Lancashire 26 15 6 5 9 21 42.85
5 Nottinghamshire 20 9 4 7 5 13 38.46
6 Warwickshire 20 7 4 9 3 11 27.27
7 Essex 22 9 6 7 3 15 23.00
8 Hampshire 20 7 9 4 -2 16 -12.50
9 Gloucestershire 20 6 10 4 -4 16 -25.00
10 Sussex 24 6 12 6 -6 18 -33.33
11 Somerset 18 4 10 4 -6 14 -42.85
11 Middlesex 18 4 10 4 -6 14 -42.85
11 Northamptonshire 16 4 10 2 -6 14 -42.85
14 Worcestershire 20 2 8 10 -6 10 -60.00
15 Leicestershire 22 3 14 5 -11 17 -64.70
16 Derbyshire 20 2 17 1 -15 19 -78.94
[1]

Points system:

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

Minor Counties Championship[edit]

County Played Won Won on
1st inns
No
result
Possible
points
Points
obtained
 %
1 Staffordshire 12 8 3 0 36 30 83.33
2 Devon 10 6 2 0 30 19 73.33
3 Bedfordshire 10 5 2 1 30 20 66.67
4 Berkshire 10 5 2 0 30 19 63.33
4 Surrey Second Eleven 10 5 2 0 30 19 63.33
6 Yorkshire Second Eleven 10 6 0 0 30 18 60.00
7 Hertfordshire 12 5 3 0 36 21 58.23
8 Durham 10 5 0 0 30 15 50.00
8 Glamorgan 12 6 0 0 36 18 50.00
8 Norfolk 8 4 0 0 24 8 50.00
11 Monmouthshire 10 2 4 0 30 14 46.66
12 Dorset 8 3 1 0 24 11 45.83
13 Wiltshire 10 4 0 0 30 12 40.00
14 Suffolk 8 2 1 0 24 8 33.33
15 Buckinghamshire 8 2 0 0 24 6 25.00
15 Cambridgeshire 8 2 0 0 24 6 25.00
17 Cornwall 8 1 0 0 24 3 12.50
17 Oxfordshire 8 1 0 0 24 3 12.50
19 Lancashire Second Eleven 8 0 1 0 24 2 8.33
20 Northumberland 8 0 0 1 24 1 4.16
[2]

Points system:

  • 3 for an outright win
  • 2 for a win on the first innings
  • 1 for a match with no first innings decision
  • 0 for a loss either outright or on the first innings of a drawn match

Wisden Cricketers of the Year[edit]

Leading batsmen (qualification 20 innings)[edit]

1906 English season leading batsmen[3]
Name Team Matches Innings Not outs Runs Highest score Average 100s 50s
Cuthbert Burnup Kent 13 21 3 1207 179 67.05 4 6
Tom Hayward Surrey 36 61 8 3518 219 66.37 13 17
Kenneth Hutchings Kent 21 34 4 1597 176 53.23 4 11
Ted Arnold Worcestershire 21 39 4 1767 166 50.48 6 8
James Iremonger Nottinghamshire 23 43 6 1794 200 not out 48.48 4 9
Percy Perrin Essex 23 43 3 1893 150 47.32 5 11
Johnny Tyldesley Lancashire 31 52 3 2270 295 not out 46.32 4 15
Ernie Hayes Surrey 35 56 5 2309 218 45.27 7 11
Arthur Jones Nottinghamshire 21 39 3 1560 105 43.33 1 14
William Burns Worcestershire 18 32 4 1206 165 43.07 3 8

Leading bowlers (qualification 1,000 balls)[edit]

1906 English season leading bowlers[4]
Name Team Balls bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Average Best bowling 5 wickets
in innings
10 wickets
in match
William Huddleston Lancashire 1405 613 50 12.26 9/36 3 2
Willis Cuttell Lancashire 2653 909 67 13.56 6/43 5 1
Schofield Haigh Yorkshire 5810 2540 174 14.59 7/35 13 4
George Hirst Yorkshire 7838 3434 208 16.50 7/18 19 4
Albert Hallam Nottinghamshire 4994 1723 104 16.56 6/30 8 1
George Dennett Gloucestershire
MCC
6875 3096 175 17.69 10/40 20 5
Billy Bestwick Derbyshire 4657 2123 115 18.46 7/49 11 4
Thomas Wass Nottinghamshire 3656 1888 100 18.88 8/25 9 4
Alfred Morcom Cambridge University 1534 700 37 18.91 6/25 2 1
Frank Tarrant Middlesex
MCC
3696 1740 91 19.12 9/54 7 1

Notable events[edit]

  • By winning their last eleven county matches, Kent win the Championship for the first time after Gloucestershire pip Yorkshire by a single run at Bristol.
  • In the Gentlemen v Players match at Lord’s, Arthur Fielder becomes the only bowler to ever take all ten wickets in an innings in that match.[5]
  • Tom Hayward sets numerous batting records:
  1. The highest aggregate of runs in a first-class season – since beaten only by Compton and Bill Edrich in 1947.[6]
  2. The earliest to score 2,000 runs, reaching the aggregate on 5 July.[7]
  3. Two separate hundreds in two consecutive matches against Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
  • George Hirst becomes the only player to score 2,000 runs and take 200 wickets in a season.[8] Against Somerset at Taunton, Hirst also becomes the only player to have two centuries and two five-wicket returns in one match.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pardon, Sydney H. (editor); John Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanac, Forty-Fourth Edition (1907), p. 2
  2. ^ Pardon, Sydney H. (editor); John Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanac (1907), p. 346
  3. ^ First Class Batting in England in 1906
  4. ^ First Class Bowling in England in 1906
  5. ^ Webber, Roy; The Playfair Book of Cricket Records; pp. 148-149. Published 1951 by Playfair Books
  6. ^ Webber; The Playfair Book of Cricket Records; p. 89.
  7. ^ Webber; The Playfair Book of Cricket Records; p. 102.
  8. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 8 ISBN 072701868X
  9. ^ Wynne-Thomas; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 9

Annual reviews[edit]

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