The County Championship was won by Surrey. The sponsorship by Britannic Assurance came to an end with PPP (Private Patients Plan) Healthcare taking over and the decision was made to split the championship into two divisions the following season. The top nine teams would populate the first division with the bottom nine teams going into the second division. The Sunday League changed to a new format National League with games played midweek under floodlight.
On the international scene England hosted the 1999 Cricket World Cup and New Zealand toured England to compete in a test series with New Zealand winning 2-1.