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County Championship: Interesting stats, trivia and list of all winners

Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)
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Only three active counties have never won a Championship title. Can you name them? Here's a look at some trivia and stats from the County Championship.

 

Although the County Championship had been happening since many years, of which there are varying accounts, it was not formally organised until 1890. It was in 1864 that any cricket publication mentioned its existence, stating that there exist eight county teams.

The eight teams which contested the 1890 competition were Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex and Yorkshire.

In 1895, with the induction of Derbyshire, Essex, Hampshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire, the championship took the form closest to the existing one. This was when the MCC officially recognised the County Championship.

Worcestershire, Northamptonshire and Glamorgan were admitted to the Championship in 1899, 1905 and 1921 respectively.

The title for most runs in county cricket is held by Phil Mead (Hampshire), who scored 46,268 runs.

The record for highest number of wickets in county cricket is held by Tich Freeman (Kent) with 3,151 wickets. 

Brian Lara’s 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham remains the highest individual score till date.

Phil Mead (Hampshire) also holds the record for the most runs in one season of the County Championship - 2,843 runs in 1928.

In 1933, Tich Freeman (Kent) picked 252 which remains the record for the most wickets claimed in a single season of the County Championship. This is also the only time when any bowler breached the 250-wicket mark in one season.

 Yorkshire hold the record for most title wins with 33 wins, including one shared. They won their first title in 1893 and the last one in 2015. Following them are Surrey with 20 titles, including one shared. They won their first in 1890 and their last in 2018.

Surrey won the first three Championship titles since the competition became official in 1890.

Surrey won five of the first six official Championship titles, with Yorkshire breaking their streak in 1893.

Surrey also boast of the longest streak of title wins - seven. They won all Championship titles from 1952 to 1958.

Essex, the current title holders, have registered eight title wins till now, with the first coming in 1979. Did you know that even Derbyshire have one title win to their name? They won it back in 1936.

Arthur Shrewsbury (Nottinghamshire) was the top-scorer in the first official season of the County Championship with 1,082 runs. George Lohmann (Surrey) was the top wicket-taker that year with 113 scalps.

The County Championship title was shared in 1949, 1950 and 1977.

Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and Somerset are the only three active counties to have never won a Championship title.

 

List of all winners since first official County Championship in 1890:

 

Year

Winner

1890

Surrey

1891

Surrey

1892

Surrey

1893

Yorkshire

1894

Surrey

1895

Surrey

1896

Yorkshire

1897

Lancashire

1898

Yorkshire

1899

Surrey

1900

Yorkshire

1901

Yorkshire

1902

Yorkshire

1903

Middlesex

1904

Lancashire

1905

Yorkshire

1906

Kent

1907

Nottinghamshire

1908

Yorkshire

1909

Kent

1910

Kent

1911

Warwickshire

1912

Yorkshire

1913

Kent

1914

Surrey

1915

Not held due to World War I

1916

Not held due to World War I

1917

Not held due to World War I

1918

Not held due to World War I

1919

Yorkshire

1920

Middlesex

1921

Middlesex

1922

Yorkshire

1923

Yorkshire

1924

Yorkshire

1925

Yorkshire

1926

Lancashire

1927

Lancashire

1928

Lancashire

1929

Nottinghamshire

1930

Lancashire

1931

Yorkshire

1932

Yorkshire

1933

Yorkshire

1934

Lancashire

1935

Yorkshire

1936

Derbyshire

1937

Yorkshire

1938

Yorkshire

1939

Yorkshire

1940

Not held due to World War II

1941

Not held due to World War II

1942

Not held due to World War II

1943

Not held due to World War II

1944

Not held due to World War II

1945

Not held due to World War II

1946

Yorkshire

1947

Middlesex

1948

Glamorgan

1949

Middlesex / Yorkshire

1950

Lancashire / Surrey

1951

Warwickshire

1952

Surrey

1953

Surrey

1954

Surrey

1955

Surrey

1956

Surrey

1957

Surrey

1958

Surrey

1959

Yorkshire

1960

Yorkshire

1961

Hampshire

1962

Yorkshire

1963

Yorkshire

1964

Worcestershire

1965

Worcestershire

1966

Yorkshire

1967

Yorkshire

1968

Yorkshire

1969

Glamorgan

1970

Kent

1971

Surrey

1972

Warwickshire

1973

Hampshire

1974

Worcestershire

1975

Leicestershire

1976

Middlesex

1977

Kent / Middlesex

1978

Kent

1979

Essex

1980

Middlesex

1981

Nottinghamshire

1982

Middlesex

1983

Essex

1984

Essex

1985

Middlesex

1986

Essex

1987

Nottinghamshire

1988

Worcestershire

1989

Worcestershire

1990

Middlesex

1991

Essex

1992

Essex

1993

Middlesex

1994

Warwickshire

1995

Warwickshire

1996

Leicestershire

1997

Glamorgan

1998

Leicestershire

1999

Surrey

2000

Surrey

2001

Yorkshire

2002

Surrey

2003

Sussex

2004

Warwickshire

2005

Nottinghamshire

2006

Sussex

2007

Sussex

2008

Durham

2009

Durham

2010

Nottinghamshire

2011

Lancashire

2012

Warwickshire

2013

Durham

2014

Yorkshire

2015

Yorkshire

2016

Middlesex

2017

Essex

2018

Surrey

2019

Essex

 

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