1911 County Championship

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1911 County Championship
Cricket format First-class cricket (3 days)
Tournament format(s) League system
Champions Warwickshire (1st title)
Participants 16
Matches played 180
Most runs Tom Hayward
(1,963 for Surrey)
Most wickets Harry Dean
(175 for Lancashire)
1910
1912

The 1911 County Championship was the twenty-second officially organised running of the County Championship, and ran from 4 May to 5 September 1911. Warwickshire County Cricket Club won their first championship title.[1] Somerset finished bottom of the table, winning only one match all season.[2] Tom Hayward topping the batting charts, scoring 1,963 runs for Surrey at an average of 50.33, though C. B. Fry scored his 1,299 runs at a far superior average of 76.41.[3] Lancashire's Harry Dean took the most wickets, accumulating 175 at an average of 17.52.[4]

The championship adopted a new method of scoring points, which was proposed by Somerset. Previously the only way to score points was by winning a match, but the new method introduced points for draws. A winning team scored five points, a team which drew a match, but scored more runs in the first innings scored three points, and a team which drew a match, but scored less runs in the first innings scored one point; in his editorial in the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, Sydney Pardon notes that had any of the previous scoring methods been used, Kent would have won the championship, rather than Warwickshire.[5] In their book A History of Cricket, Harry Altham and E. W. Swanton describe the Kent team as being "possibly a finer all-round side" than Warwickshire, but heap praise on Warwickshire's batting, and their young captain, Frank Foster.[6]

Pardon was complimentary of the cricket played during the season, and described that cricket "generally flourished".[5] However, he also observed that a number of counties were in financially difficulty, an issue that Lord Cobham attributed partially to the wages of professional players.[5]

Table[edit]

  • Five points were awarded for a win.
  • Three points were awarded for "winning" the first innings of a drawn match.
  • One point was awarded for "losing" the first innings of a drawn match.
  • Final placings were decided by calculating the percentage of possible points.
County Championship table[2]
Team Pld W L DWF DLF A Pts %PC
Warwickshire 20 13 4 3 0 0 74 74.000
Kent 26 17 4 3 2 0 96 73.846
Middlesex 22 14 5 3 0 0 79 71.818
Lancashire 30 15 7 5 3 0 93 62.000
Surrey 30 15 7 4 4 0 91 60.667
Essex 18 8 5 4 1 0 53 58.889
Yorkshire 28 14 8 1 4 1 77 57.037
Nottinghamshire 20 9 5 3 3 0 57 57.000
Worcestershire 24 12 11 0 1 0 61 50.833
Northamptonshire 18 8 9 0 0 1 40 47.059
Hampshire 24 7 10 4 3 0 50 41.667
Gloucestershire 20 5 12 0 3 0 28 28.000
Sussex 24 4 16 2 2 0 28 23.333
Derbyshire 18 2 13 0 3 0 13 14.444
Leicestershire 22 1 16 2 3 0 14 12.727
Somerset 16 1 13 0 2 0 7 8.750

Records[edit]

Most runs[3]
Aggregate Average Player County
1,963 50.33 Tom Hayward Surrey
1,959 41.68 Jack Sharp Lancashire
1,744 39.63 David Denton Yorkshire
1,706 58.82 Phil Mead Hampshire
1,700 56.66 Reggie Spooner Lancashire
Most wickets[4]
Aggregate Average Player County
175 17.52 Harry Dean Lancashire
152 19.25 Razor Smith Surrey
125 19.46 Charlie Blythe Kent
123 21.83 Tom Rushby Surrey
122 19.48 Frank Field Warwickshire

References[edit]

  1. ^ "County Champions 1890–2013 / County Championship". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "County Championship 1911 Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 May 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ a b "Batting and Fielding in County Championship 1911 (Ordered by Runs)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 May 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ a b "Bowling in County Championship 1911 (Ordered by Wickets)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 28 May 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ a b c Pardon, Sydney (1912). "Notes by the Editor". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Altham, H.S.; Swanton, E.W. (1938) [1926]. A History of Cricket (Second ed.). London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd. p. 282.