1981 English cricket season
In the 1981 English cricket season a change of sponsorship ended the Gillette Cup's 18-year tenure as a household name and the knockout competition was renamed the NatWest Trophy, which lasted for twenty years.
Notts won a close struggle for the County Championship title against Sussex.
- County Championship - Nottinghamshire
- NatWest Trophy - Derbyshire
- Sunday League - Essex
- Benson & Hedges Cup -
- Minor Counties Championship - Durham
- Second XI Championship - Hampshire II
- Wisden - Terry Alderman, Allan Border, Richard Hadlee, Javed Miandad, Rod Marsh
Sri Lankan tour
The second tour of England by the Sri Lankan team took place in 1981. Sri Lanka had not yet achieved Test status. The team played 13 first-class matches and 11 of these were drawn. In their other two games, the Sri Lankans won one and lost one.
- Playfair Cricket Annual 1982
- Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1982
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