|Most runs||William Curgenven|
|Most wickets||William Mycroft|
|Most catches||William Curgenven|
Derbyshire County Cricket Club in 1873 was the third cricket season which the English club Derbyshire played. Officials and supporters were disappointed that they had been unable to arrange further first-class fixtures than the two against Lancashire, but they managed to arrange an extra match against Nottinghamshire, who were a leading team at the time.
Derbyshire played two first-class matches in their third year, both against Lancashire, and lost both. They also played a match against Nottinghamshire which they won having five additional players.
Samuel Richardson was captain in his third season. The death of bowler Dove Gregory on 21 May at the age of 35 left a potential hole, but it was amply filled by William Mycroft' an ironstone miner and later publican, making his debut in the season. Derbyshire further strengthened their side with the arrival of Alfort Smith as wicket-keeper from Lancashire, and Thomas Foster, both from the cotton mills of Glossop, and William Rigley a blacksmith. These three subsequently saw several years of service with the club. Other new players were Rev. William Humble, a local curate, who played occasionally over a few years, Thomas Howarth another cotton worked from Glossop who put in a single career first class appearance. Veteran president William Jervis, a lawyer, stepped in for one game. Additional players who made up the 16 member side against Nottinghamshire were John Frost, a joiner from Wirksworth, who played first-class for Derbyshire in the following season, Rev. Robert Moncreiff later 3rd Baron Moncreiff and unidentified players W Allen and Edward Tatlow.
In their first match against Lancashire, Derbyshire made 88 in the first innings, and Lancashire replied with 118. Derbyshire were all out for 52 in their second innings, no player scoring double figures, and Lancashire took the runs needed to win for the loss of one wicket. In the second match Lancashire set up a score of 238 in their first innings, and Derbyshire made 70 in response and followed on to make 86.
In the match against Nottinghamshire, played at Wirksworth, Derbyshire scored 116 in the first innings and got Nottinghamshire out for 14. In the follow-on, Nottinghamshire were all out for 72. Although Derbyshire had an advantage with 16 players to Nottinghamshire's 11, the result was astounding. The story has been handed down that before their innings, Nottinghamshire were lavishly entertained by a keen and generous supporter of Derbyshire who owned a wine and spirit business, where he blended potent and attractive spirit.
William Curgenven scored most runs in first-class matches, and William Mycroft took most wickets in the season.
|List of first-class matches|
|1||21 Jul 1873|| Lancashire |
County Ground, Derby
|Lost||8 wickets||W Mycroft 6–35; W McIntyre 6–18|
|2||22 Aug 1873|| Lancashire |
Old Trafford, Manchester
|Lost||Innings and 82 runs||A Watson 6–38 and 5–34|
|List of other matches|
|1||4 Sep 1873|| Nottinghamshire |
Derby Road Ground, Wirksworth
|Won||Innings and 30 runs||JC Shaw 6–40; J Flint 6–7|
|W G Curgenven||A||31||R||2||4||61||39||15.25||0|
|R P Smith||A||24||R||2||4||41||20||10.25||0|
|J T B D Platts||P||34||L||2||4||24||10||6.00||0|
|R C Moncreiff||A||29||R|
|W Mycroft||L F||356||108||10||6–35||10.80|
|J T B D Platts||R F||148||66||4||2–17||16.50|
|J Davidson||R Off||152||63||3||2–18||21.00|
|W Rigley||R M||24||10||2||2–10||5.00|
|W Hickton||R F||96||48||1||1–48||48.00|
|J Flint||R Sl (round arm)||64||28||1||1–28||28.00|
William Mycroft was an English cricketer who played first-class cricket for Derbyshire and MCC between 1873 and 1886. He was a left-arm fast bowler with a great deal of spin and a dangerous yorker that was often believed to be unfair – which may explain why he was not considered for the earliest Test Matches despite being in his prime. He took 863 first-class wickets at an average of 12.09 with 87 five-wicket innings and 28 ten-wicket matches in his career. His first ten-wicket match in 1875 against Nottinghamshire became the first of six in only nine games that season. He holds the Derbyshire record for most wickets in a single match, with figures of 17–103 against Hampshire at the Antelope Ground, Southampton in July 1876. This is one of only two times a player has taken seventeen wickets in a match and finished on the losing side – the other, by Walter Mead in 1895 was also against Hampshire. Mycroft had no pretensions as a right-handed tail end batsman: he scored only 791 first-class runs at an average of 5.34 and prior to Alf Hall and Father Marriott remained the last significant cricketer who took more wickets than he scored runs.
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