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1864 English cricket season

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The 1864 English cricket season was an important year in cricket history, as it saw the legalisation of overarm bowling and the first edition of John Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanac.


Inter-county cricket

The first-class county teams in 1864 were Cambridgeshire, Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex, Notts, Surrey, Sussex and Yorkshire. The unofficial concept of a "champion county" took a new turn when periodicals began publishing tables of inter-county results, although there was still no formal or agreed method of deciding positions in the table. Haygarth usually refers to 'generally agreed' when announcing the Champion County.


  • Law 10 was rewritten by the MCC to allow a bowler to bring his arm through at any height providing he kept it straight and did not throw the ball. The issue of overarm bowling had crystallised in the Willsher-Lillywhite incident of August 1862.
  • 12 January – formation of Lancashire CCC at a meeting in Manchester.
  • 27–29 January – Otago v. Canterbury at Dunedin was the start of first-class cricket in New Zealand.
  • Madras v. Calcutta was the start of first-class cricket in India.
  • First issue of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. It was titled John Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanac until the 1937 edition.
  • 6–7 June – Middlesex CCC played its initial first-class match v. Sussex at Islington
  • 9 June – Playing for MCC against Oxford University, H.E. Bull becomes only the second player, and the first since 1827, to be dismissed hit the ball twice in a first-class game.
  • 7–8 July – Hampshire CCC played its initial first-class match v. Sussex at the Antelope Ground, Southampton
  • 11–12 July – First appearance of WG Grace in a "big" match, though his first-class debut would not occur till the following season.
  • MCC finally purchased the freehold of Lord's Cricket Ground for £18,333 6s 8d with money advanced by William Nicholson.
  • Annual reviews

  • Fred Lillywhite, The Guide to Cricketers, Lillywhite, 1865
  • John Lillywhite's Cricketer's Companion (Green Lilly), Lillywhite, 1865
  • Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 8 (1863-1864), Lillywhite, 1865
  • References

    1864 English cricket season Wikipedia

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