1873 English cricket season

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1873 English cricket season
1872
1874

1873 was the 87th season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). In only their fourth season as a first-class team, Gloucestershire was proclaimed joint Champion County by the media and went on to claim the still unofficial title four times in five seasons (1873, 1874, 1876 and 1877).

Player qualification rules came into force, with players having to decide at the start of a season whether they would play for the county of their birth or the county of residence. Before this, it was quite common for a player to play for two counties during the course of a single season, with by far the best-known case being star slow bowler James Southerton who played for his birth county Sussex when they had a match on and otherwise for Surrey. It is only since the residence qualifications were introduced that any quasi-official status can be ascribed to the oft-claimed Champion County title.[1]

Champion County[a][edit]

Playing record (by county)[2][edit]

County Played Won Lost Drawn
Derbyshire 2 0 2 0
Gloucestershire 6 4 0 2
Kent[b] 5 3 2 0
Lancashire 7 4 3 0
Middlesex 3 2 1 0
Nottinghamshire[c] 7 5 1 1
Surrey 14 2 10 2
Sussex[b] 10 2 6 2
Yorkshire[c] 12 7 4 1
[d]

Leading batsmen (qualification 15 innings)[edit]

1873 English season leading batsmen[3]
Name Team Matches Innings Not outs Runs Highest score Average 100s 50s
WG Grace Gloucestershire
MCC
20 32 7 1805 192 not out 72.20 6 8
Isaac Walker MCC
Middlesex
11 20 3 587 64 34.52 0 2
Fred Grace Gloucestershire 15 22 3 593 165 not out 31.21 1 3
William Oscroft Nottinghamshire 17 30 1 758 96 26.13 0 5
Harry Jupp Surrey 24 45 3 1052 94 25.04 0 8

Leading bowlers (qualification 800 balls)[edit]

1873 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 McIntyre Lancashire 1517 528 63 8.38 7/37 7 4
Alec Watson Lancashire 1119 445 48 9.27 6/38 5 1
Arnold Rylott MCC 1772 664 69 9.62 9/30 6 4
Fred Morley Nottinghamshire 1235 375 35 10.71 6/62 3 1
John Maude MCC
Oxford University
844 255 23 11.08 6/14 2 0

Notes[edit]

a An unofficial seasonal title sometimes proclaimed by consensus of media and historians prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship was constituted. Although there are ante-dated claims prior to 1873, when residence qualifications were introduced, it is only since that ruling that any quasi-official status can be ascribed.
b Includes the "County Cup" match at Lord’s between Kent and Sussex
c Includes a third Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire match organised privately by Nottinghamshire captain Richard Daft
d Hampshire, though regarded until 1885 as first-class, played no inter-county matches between 1868 and 1869 or 1871 and 1874

References[edit]

  1. ^ * Birley, Derek (1999). A Social History of English Cricket. Aurum. ; pp. 119-120
  2. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 53 ISBN 072701868X
  3. ^ First Class Batting in England in 1873
  4. ^ First Class Bowling in England in 1873

Bibliography[edit]

  • John Lillywhite’s Cricketer's Companion (Green Lilly), Lillywhite, 1874
  • James Lillywhite’s Cricketers' Annual (Red Lilly), Lillywhite, 1874
  • John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack, 1874

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