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The 1888 English cricket season saw a complete contrast to the previous sunlit summer with its record-breaking run-getting: this time the summer was exceptionally cool<ref>Hadley Center Central England Temperature</ref> and wet,<ref>Hadley Center England and Wales Precipitation</ref> resulting in the dominance of bowlers with many records for wicket-taking set.

After a run of disastrous results over a number of seasons, Derbyshire was demoted from first-class status and first-class county cricket was now played by only eight teams: Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Notts, Surrey, Sussex and Yorkshire. Derbyshire recovered first-class status in 1894 and rejoined the Championship in 1895.


1888 English cricket season sections
Intro  Honours  Leading batsmen (qualification 20 innings)  Leading bowlers (qualification 1,000 balls)  Australian tour and Test series  Notable events  Notes  References  Annual reviews  External links  

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