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The 1882 English cricket season is memorable for the match which gave rise to the Ashes.


Champion County

  • Lancashire, Nottinghamshire (shared)
  • Events

  • 8 April (approx.): Formation of Warwickshire CCC at a meeting in Coventry.
  • 10 May: Formation of Durham CCC.
  • Somerset CCC played its initial first-class match v. Lancashire at Old Trafford on 8, 9 & 10 June and joined the County Championship, but for only four seasons initially.
  • 14 August: C.T. Studd became the second player after W.G. Grace to accomplish the "double" of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets, which he ironically achieved by dismissing Grace.
  • 28 & 29 August. England v. Australia at The Oval (only Test of the season). Australia won the most famous match in history by 7 runs with F R Spofforth, the original "Demon Bowler", taking seven for 46 and seven for 44. Soon afterwards, The Sporting Times printed its legendary obituary notice:
  • In Affectionate Remembrance of ENGLISH CRICKET, which died at the Oval on 29th AUGUST, 1882, Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances ---- R.I.P. ---- N.B.—The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.
  • 25 September: Ted Peate breaks the late James Southerton’s 1870 record by taking his 211st wicket of the season. His record stands until Charles Turner takes his 215th wicket on 23 August 1888.
  • Further details can be found in the articles History of Test cricket (to 1883) and The Ashes.

    Annual reviews

  • John Lillywhite's Cricketer's Companion (Green Lilly), Lillywhite, 1883
  • James Lillywhite's Cricketers’ Annual (Red Lilly), Lillywhite, 1883
  • John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack 1883
  • References

    1882 English cricket season Wikipedia

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