Derbyshire County Cricket Club in 1887

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Derbyshire County Cricket Club seasons
1887 season
Captain William Chatterton
Most runs George Davidson
Most wickets George Davidson
Most catches James Disney

Derbyshire County Cricket Club in 1887 was the cricket season when the English club Derbyshire had been playing for sixteen years and was the last season before they lost first class status for seven years.

1887 season[edit]

Derbyshire played two county matches each against Lancashire, Yorkshire and Surrey, and one against MCC. They lost all these matches and as a result Wisden decided not to accord them first class status in the following year. However they also played three non first class matches against Essex and Leicestershire and won all three.

The captain for the year was William Chatterton who also played for MCC during the season. The top scorer was George Davidson who also took most wickets.

Long Eaton Recreation Ground (being used for a cycle race in 1885)

During the season Derbyshire played their first home fixture away from the County Ground, when they played Lancashire at Recreation Ground, Long Eaton. This was the only occasion on which they used the venue.

Two important players made their debut in the season whose performance came to the fore once Derbyshire regained first-class status. They were John Hulme who took over 550 wickets for Derbyshre and Bill Storer who was one of the club's long-serving wicket-keepers. Harry Bagshaw who also made his debut gave the club many years service. Other players who made their debut were George Ratcliffe, Joseph Marshall, Henry Street and William Walton. None of these had the chance to play first class cricket for Derbyshire again although some appeared occasionally for the club in the intervening years.

A number of players appeared for Derbyshire for the last time this season. These included Edmund Maynard a former captain and George Barrington who had both joined in 1880. Also departing were Henry Slater who had been a member of the side since 1882 and Edwin Coup who had joined the club in 1885. In addition Thomas Mycroft a stand-in wicket-keeper who had made occasional appearances since 1877 played his last game. Several cricketers continued playing for Derbyshire but had stopped playing by the time the club reached first class status again in 1894. These were James Disney wicket-keeper since 1881, George Ratcliffe, Joseph Marshall, William Walton, three of the players who made their debut in 1887 and William Cropper who died in 1889 as a result of an unfortunate football accident.

Matches[edit]

List of first class matches
No. Date V Result Margin Notes
1 12 May 1887[1] MCC
Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood
Lost 145 runs W Cropper 6-50; J Wooton 5-21
2 09 Jun 1887[2] Lancashire
Old Trafford, Manchester
Lost 6 wickets W Cropper 6-54
3 27 Jun 1887[3] Yorkshire
County Ground, Derby
Lost Innings and 39 runs W Bates 103;
4 07 Jul 1887[4] Lancashire
Recreation Ground, Long Eaton
Lost 54 runs GG Walker 5-64; J Briggs 7-49 and 5-51; G Davidson 6-43; A Watson 5-39
5 18 Jul 1887[5] Yorkshire
Bramall Lane, Sheffield
Lost Innings and 163 runs G Ullyet 199; W Bates 6-66
6 28 Jul 1887[6] Surrey
County Ground, Derby
Lost Innings and 237 runs W Read 145; G Davidson 5-148; J Beaumont 5-30
7 15 Aug 1887[7] Surrey
Kennington Oval
Lost 299 runs G Davidson 5-67; GG Walker 5-49; G Lohmann 5-55; R Abel 6-15
List of other matches
No. Date V Result Margin Notes
1 30 May 1887[8] Essex
County Ground, Derby
Won 7 wickets
2 01 Aug 1887[9] Leicestershire
County Ground, Derby
Won 74 runs
3 22 Aug 1887[10] Essex
County Ground, Leyton
Won 8 wickets

Statistics[edit]

First-class batting averages[edit]

Name Am/
Pro
Age Hand Matches Inns Runs High score Average 100s
G Davidson P 20 R 7 14 312 75 22.28 0
W Chatterton P 24 R 12 (7) 22 (14) 334 (151) 66 (32) 15.90 0
W Cropper 24 R 7 14 211 43 15.07 0
G Ratcliffe 31 L 5 10 145 64 14.50 0
LG Wright A 25 R 6 12 157 31 13.08 0
J Marshall 24 R 2 4 50 31 12.50 0
J J Hulme 24 L 6 12 135 31 12.27 0
JJ Disney P 27 R 7 14 100 27* 10.00 0
W Sugg 27 R 7 14 129 48* 9.92 0
GG Walker A 26 L 4 8 51 19* 8.50 0
H Street 24 R 2 4 24 15* 8.00 0
GB Barrington A 30 R 2 4 28 25 7.00 0
W Storer P 20 R 2 4 16 7 5.33 0
H Slater 32 R 2 4 10 6* 5.00 0
E Coup A 26 L 5 10 39 12 4.33 0
EAJ Maynard A 26 R 5 9 25 9 2.77 0
W Walton A 24 R 1 2 4 3 2.00 0
H Bagshaw P 27 L 1 2 0 0 0.00 0

Chatterton also played five matches for MCC during the season.

Leading first-class batsmen for Derbyshire by runs scored
Name Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100
G Davidson 7 14 312 75 22.28 0
W Cropper 7 14 211 43 15.07 0
LG Wright 6 12 157 31 13.08 0
W Chatterton 7 14 151 32 6.86 (a) 0
G Ratcliffe 5 10 145 64 14.50 0

(a) Figures recalculated to exclude non Derbyshire matches

First-class bowling averages[edit]

Name Hand Balls Runs Wickets BB Average
G Davidson R MF 1559 789 36 6-43 21.08
W Cropper L M 1248 503 27 6-50 18.62
W Chatterton R S 1171 404 (182) 19 (5) 4-32 21.26
GG Walker L F & Sl 673 319 15 5-49 21.26
J J Hulme L MF 800 388 9 4-120 43.11
W Sugg R M 343 165 4 2-24 41.25
H Bagshaw R M 32 9 2 2-9 4.50
GB Barrington round arm Sl 48 27 1 1-27 27.00
H Slater R M 152 92 1 1-43 92.00
W Storer  ? LB 32 18 0
G Ratcliffe 12 8 0
Leading first class bowlers for Derbyshire by wickets taken
Name Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave
G Davidson 1559 789 36 6-43 21.08
W Cropper 1248 503 27 6-50 18.62
GG Walker 673 319 15 5-49 21.26
J J Hulme 800 388 9 4-120 43.11
W Chatterton 182 5 3-40 36.40(a)

(a) Figures recalculated to exclude non Derbyshire matches

Wicket keeping[edit]

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