1897 English cricket season
1897 was the eighth season of County Championship cricket
in England. Lancashire
won the championship for the first time, thanks mainly to only three losses in twenty-six matches. Surrey
won more games, and beat Lancashire twice, but one more loss than Lancashire meant that they would have to be content with second place. They could have taken the championship if they had beaten Sussex
in the last game at Hove
but, after gaining a five-run lead on first innings, Surrey let Billy Murdoch
, C. B. Fry
and George Bean
make half-centuries, and rain spoiled their chances of winning on the final day. At the bottom of the table, Derbyshire
suffered a run of 16 matches without victory to finish last in the table and, with the end of the 1896 season
having yielded three matches without a win, Derbyshire's streak ran to 19 matches without a win.
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