1945 English cricket season
The 1945 English cricket season featured 11 first-class matches.
With Germany defeated and the war in Europe over, it was possible to arrange eleven first-class matches though none of them were part of any official competition.
An Australian Services XI, which included Keith Miller, Lindsay Hassett and Cec Pepper, played five "Victory Tests" against England, plus a further game against Leveson-Gower's XI. England also played a Dominions team at Lord's. A New Zealand Services XI, including Martin Donnelly, played against Leveson-Gower's XI.
The other three matches were Yorkshire versus Lancashire at Park Avenue in Bradford; Yorkshire versus a very useful Royal Air Force XI at North Marine Road in Scarborough; and a game between the over-33s and the under-33s at Lord's.
Leading batsmen in the 1945 season were Len Hutton, who made 782 runs at 48.87 with a highest score (HS) of 188; Keith Miller, 725 @ 72.50 (HS 185); Cyril Washbrook, Bill Edrich, Wally Hammond, Cec Pepper, Martin Donnelly and Lindsay Hassett.
The most successful bowler was Dick Pollard who took 28 wickets at 24.25 with a best bowling analysis (BB) of 6–75. Other leading bowlers were Pepper, who took 27 @ 27.29 (BB 4–57); Reg Ellis, Doug Wright, Bob Cristofani and George Pope.
Players who made their final first-class appearances during the season included Herbert Sutcliffe, Learie Constantine and Jack Iddon. Iddon was killed in a motor accident shortly before the beginning of the 1946 season.
- Wisden Cricketers' Almanack: 1946 edition
- Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999