1889 English cricket season

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1889 English cricket season
1888
1890

1889 was the 103rd season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The number of balls per over was increased from four to five. The four-ball over had been used since time immemorial.

Earlier in the year, on 12 and 13 March, South Africa versus England at Port Elizabeth was the start of cricket in South Africa at both Test and first-class level. Domestic first-class matches began at the end of the same year. The England team, captained by future Hollywood actor C Aubrey Smith, played two Tests on the inaugural tour, at Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, winning both by comfortable margins. Lancashire spinner Johnny Briggs had match figures of 15-28 at Cape Town.

Honours[edit]

Playing record (by county)[1][edit]

County Played Won Lost Drawn Points[b]
Gloucestershire 14 3 7 4 5.0
Kent 13[c] 7 5 1 7.5
Lancashire 14 10 3 1 10.5
Middlesex 11[c] 3 5 3 4.5
Nottinghamshire 14 9 2 3 10.5
Surrey 14 10 3 1 10.5
Sussex 12 1 10 1 1.5
Yorkshire 14 2 10 2 3.0

Leading batsmen (qualification 20 innings)[edit]

1889 English season leading batsmen[2]
Name Team Matches Innings Not outs Runs Highest score Average 100s 50s
William Gunn Nottinghamshire
MCC
26 40 5 1319 118 37.68 4 3
Arthur Shrewsbury Nottinghamshire 12 16 2 522 104 37.28 1 3
Billy Barnes Nottinghamshire
MCC
27 40 4 1249 130 not out 34.69 3 6
Maurice Read Surrey 17 27 2 847 136 33.88 1 6
WG Grace Gloucestershire
MCC
24 45 2 1396 154 32.46 3 7

Leading bowlers (qualification 1,000 balls)[edit]

1889 English season leading bowlers[3]
Name Team Balls bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Average Best bowling 5 wickets
in innings
10 wickets
in match
William Attewell Nottinghamshire
MCC
6817 1635 149 10.97 6/24 13 2
Johnny Briggs Lancashire 6208 1647 140 11.76 7/22 14 3
Arthur Mold Lancashire 3390 1205 102 11.81 7/35 9 3
Alec Watson Lancashire 4253 1139 90 12.65 7/27 9 2
Wilfred Flowers Nottinghamshire
MCC
2385 702 55 12.76 6/53 4 1

Notable events[edit]

  • In May and June, the flooding and waterlogging of Lord’s caused three games to be abandoned without a ball bowled - the first recorded instance in English cricket.[1]
  • Declarations of an innings were permitted for the first time on the third day of a match. The first captain to declare was John Shuter against Gloucestershire on 8 June.[4]
  • 20 to 22 June – Middlesex and Yorkshire break the 1876 record for the highest aggregate of runs in a first-class match in England, totalling 1,295 over the three days to surpass the previous English record by 78 runs.[5]
  • The use of an unofficial points system by the "Cricket Reporting Agency", which had begun in 1887, reached farcical levels when Surrey, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire finished tied on 10.5 points. This led to the devising in December of the first official County Championship in 1890.

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 Between 1887 and 1889 an unofficial point system of 1 point for a win and 0.5 points for a draw, devised by the "Cricket Reporting Agency", was used to determine the unofficial "Champion County"
c The match between Middlesex and Kent at Lord’s was completely washed out

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 54 ISBN 072701868X
  2. ^ First Class Batting in England in 1889
  3. ^ First Class Bowling in England in 1889
  4. ^ Surrey v Gloucestershire in 1889
  5. ^ Webber, Roy; The Playfair Book of Cricket Records; p. 27. Published 1951 by Playfair Books.

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