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1869 English cricket season

1869 English cricket season
Cricket formats , including inter-county

The 1869 English cricket season saw the demise of the Cambridgeshire club. A team called Cambridgeshire played in two specially arranged matches, in 1869 against Yorkshire and in 1871 against Surrey. After that, Cambridgeshire ceased to be a first-class team. Their demise was attributed to the lack of available amateurs to back up the famous trio of

  • CricketArchive – season summaries

External links

Annual reviews

  1. ^ Baily’s Magazine of Sports and Pastimes, Volume 16 (1869); p. 246
  2. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter; The Rigby A-Z of Cricket Records; p. 53 ISBN 072701868X
  3. ^ First Class Batting in England in 1869
  4. ^ First Class Bowling in England in 1869
  5. ^ Hadley Centre Ranked England and Wales Precipitation
  6. ^ Marlborough college v Rugby School in 1869
  7. ^ See Pardon, Sydney H. (editor); John Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanac; Fifty-Seventh Edition (1920); part I, pp. 278–279
  8. ^ Baily’s Magazine of Sports and Pastimes, Volume 17 (1869); p. 95
  9. ^ Frindall, Bill (editor); The Wisden Book of Cricket Records (Fourth Edition); p. 255. ISBN 0747222037
  10. ^ Webber, Roy; The Playfair Book of Cricket Records; p. 18. Published 1951 by Playfair Books
  11. ^ Frindall (editor); The Wisden Book of Cricket Records; p. 131

References

a Hampshire, though regarded until 1885 as first-class, played no inter-county matches between 1868 and 1869 or 1871 and 1874
b The others were Allan Steel in 1877, Sammy Woods in 1886, Charlie Townsend in 1895 and Jack Crawford in 1904 and 1905

Notes

  • 3 June: Although Wootton were too good for the South, who lost by nine wickets on a pitch ruined by a very wet May.[5]
  • 23 and 24 June: Charles Francis takes 17 for 40 for Rugby against Marlborough on a typically rough Lord’s pitch,[6] the best bowling figures in a public school game. Although he played no first-class cricket before 1870, in a review in 1919 when Greville Stevens played for the Gentlemen as a schoolboy, Francis was described as one of only five public school bowlers between 1840 and 1914[b] good enough for the Gentlemen.[7]
  • 13 July: Tom Emmett becomes the first bowler to take sixteen wickets during a single day in first-class cricket, when against the dying Cambridgeshire club he takes 16 for 38 on a cut-up wicket described as “about as serviceable for cricket as a ploughed field”.[8] This feat has since been accomplished by James Southerton, Thomas Wass (twice), Bert Vogler, Colin Blythe, Jack White, Hedley Verity and Tom Goddard (the last to do so in 1939).[9]
  • 16 and 17 July: The Gentlemen of the South, scoring 553 against the Players of the South, achieve the highest total in first-class cricket, beating the four-year-old MCC record of 523[10]
  • 11 August: W.G. Grace becomes the first first-class cricketer to score a century before lunch on the first day, when he hits up 116 for the MCC against Kent.[11] Only John Sewell three seasons before had previously accomplished the feat on any day. In the process he beats Thomas Humphrey’s 1865 record aggregate - Grace would set a new record in both 1870 and 1871.

Notable events

1869 English season leading bowlers[4]
Name Team Balls bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Average Best bowling 5 wickets
in innings
10 wickets
in match
Thomas Hearne MCC 1614 439 47 9.34 6/12 4 0
George Freeman Yorkshire 2161 584 60 9.73 8/29 6 2
William Hickton Lancashire 1301 448 39 11.48 6/27 5 2
Tom Emmett Yorkshire 2169 721 60 12.01 9/23 7 2
Jem Shaw Nottinghamshire
All England Eleven
2633 810 65 12.46 8/20 9 3

Leading bowlers (qualification 800 balls)

1869 English season leading batsmen[3]
Name Team Matches Innings Not outs Runs Highest score Average 100s 50s
WG Grace MCC 15 24 1 1320 180 57.39 6 3
Roger Iddison Lancashire
Yorkshire
9 15 5 353 112 35.30 1 0
Harry Jupp Surrey 22 41 5 1129 106 not out 31.36 2 7
Isaac Walker MCC
Middlesex
12 18 0 540 90 30.00 0 5
Henry Charlwood Sussex 10 18 1 483 155 28.41 1 2

Leading batsmen (qualification 15 innings)

County Played Won Lost Drawn
Cambridgeshire 1 0 1 0
Kent 7 4 2 1
Lancashire 4 2 2 0
Middlesex 2 1 1 0
Nottinghamshire 6 5 1 0
Surrey 12 3 7 2
Sussex 7 1 5 1
Yorkshire 5 4 1 0
[a]

Playing record (by county)[2]

Contents

  • Playing record (by county) 1
  • Leading batsmen (qualification 15 innings) 2
  • Leading bowlers (qualification 800 balls) 3
  • Notable events 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • Annual reviews 7
  • External links 8

1869 was also the season when W. G. Grace began a record-setting run of batting triumphs. For the first of three consecutive seasons, he established a new record for most runs in a season, and his six centuries doubled the previous record.

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