1890 English cricket season

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1890 English cricket season
Cricket formats Test and first-class
1890 County Championship
Cricket format First-class cricket (3 days)
Tournament format(s) League system
Champions Surrey (1st title)
Participants 8
Matches played 54
Most runs Arthur Shrewsbury
(1,082 for Nottinghamshire)[1]
Most wickets George Lohmann
(113 for Surrey)[2]
1891

The 1890 English cricket season was the first in which the County Championship was held as an official competition, following agreement between Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the leading county clubs at a meeting in December 1889. Surrey were the first official champions after winning nine out of fourteen games. In Test cricket, England, captained by W. G. Grace, defeated Australia in a three-match series by 2–0 to win The Ashes. William Gunn of Nottinghamshire was the season's highest runscorer (1,621); George Lohmann of Surrey took the most wickets (220).

Honours[edit]

County Championship[edit]

Constitution of the official championship[edit]

The official County Championship was constituted in a meeting at Lord's on 10 December 1889 which was called to enable club secretaries to determine the 1890 fixtures. While this was going on, representatives of the eight leading county clubs held a private meeting to discuss the method by which the County Championship should in future be decided. A majority were in favour of "ignoring drawn games altogether and settling the championship by wins and losses."[3] Under this system defeats were subtracted from victories and the county with the highest total were champions. The new competition, which had official sanction, began in the 1890 season and initially featured Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex and Yorkshire.

1890 County Championship[edit]

The 1890 County Championship was the first officially organised edition. It ran from 12 May to 28 August. Surrey, who had been unofficially proclaimed "Champion County" by sections of the press after the previous season,[4] became the first official champions by winning nine of their fourteen matches.[5]

Final table[edit]

One point was awarded for a win, and one point was taken away for each loss, therefore:

  • 1 for a win
  • 0 for a draw
  • -1 for a loss
Team Pld W T L D Pts
Surrey 14 9 0 3 2 6
Lancashire 14 7 0 3 4 4
Kent 14 6 0 3 5 3
Yorkshire 14 6 0 3 5 3
Nottinghamshire 14 5 0 5 4 0
Gloucestershire 14 5 0 6 3 –1
Middlesex 12 3 0 8 1 –5
Sussex 12 1 0 11 0 –10
Source:[5]

Statistical summary[edit]

Most runs
Aggregate Average Player County
1,082 49.18 Arthur Shrewsbury Nottinghamshire
832 36.17 W. G. Grace Gloucestershire
798 34.69 James Cranston Gloucestershire
704 39.11 Bobby Abel Surrey
693 33.00 William Gunn Nottinghamshire
Source:[1]
Most wickets
Aggregate Average Player County
113 12.66 George Lohmann Surrey
102 12.08 John Sharpe Surrey
90 12.90 Bobby Peel Yorkshire
88 14.45 Frederick Martin Kent
80 14.61 Arthur Mold Lancashire
Source:[2]

Ashes tour[edit]

England won the three-match Test series 2–0. Only two matches were completed as one was abandoned due to persistent heavy rain:

Overall first-class statistics[edit]

Leading batsmen[edit]

1890 English cricket season - leading batsmen
Name Team(s) Matches Runs Average 100s 50s
Billy Gunn England, MCC, North, Nottinghamshire, Players 30 1,621 34.48 3 3
Arthur Shrewsbury England, North, Nottinghamshire, Players 25 1,568 41.26 2 9
W. G. Grace England, Gentlemen, Gloucestershire, MCC, South 30 1,476 28.38 1 9
Billy Murdoch Australia 33 1,394 24.45 2 6
Bobby Abel Surrey 32 1,226 24.03 0 9

Leading bowlers[edit]

1890 English cricket season - leading bowlers
Name Team(s) Matches Balls bowled Wickets taken Average
George Lohmann England, Players, South, Surrey 32 8,801 220 13.62
Frederick Martin England, Kent, MCC, South 29 8,507 190 13.05
John Ferris Australia 30 7,727 186 14.28
Charles Turner Australia 31 7,528 179 14.21
Bobby Peel England, North, Players, Yorkshire 33 7,755 171 13.07

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Batting in 1890 County Championship (Ordered by Runs)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Bowling in 1890 County Championship (Ordered by Wickets)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Cricket: A Weekly Record of the Game. 1889. p. 479. 
  4. ^ Scyld Berry (ed.). Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 146th edition (2009 ed.). John Wisden & Co., Ltd. p. 542. ISBN 978-1-905625-16-1. 
  5. ^ a b "County Championship 1890 table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Lillywhite. James Lillywhite's Cricketers' Annual (Red Lilly) (1891 ed.). Lillywhite. 
  • Wisden. Pardon, Charles, ed. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 28th edition (1891 ed.). London: John Wisden & Co. Ltd. 

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