1903 was the 14th season of County Championship cricket in England. Middlesex won their first title, winning eight and losing one of their 18 games. Yorkshire, the defending champions, finished third after losing five games. Yorkshire was the only team to defeat Middlesex – at Headingley in August, Yorkshire bowled Middlesex out for 79 in the first innings, and recorded a 230-run win.
Main article: 1903 County Championship
The final County Championship table is shown below. One point was awarded for a win, none for a draw, and minus one for a loss. Positions were decided on percentage of points over completed games.
|County Championship 1903 – Final Standings|
|Team||P||W||L||D||A||Pts||GC1||Pts/GC (as %)|
|1903 County Championship – leading batsmen|
|C. B. Fry||Sussex||23||2413||80.43||8||8|
|1903 County Championship – leading bowlers|
|Name||Team||Matches||Balls bowled||Wickets taken||Average|
|George Herbert Hirst||Yorkshire||23||3875||118||12.79|
Percy Clark and Bart King headed the wickets for the Philadelphians, who played 14 first-class matches in England, in addition to an abandoned fixture with Sussex. The American tourists won as many matches as they lost, with six of each, and drew two. Clark upstaged King, passing him on the wicket-taking tally with a pair of five wicket hauls in the final 110-run win over Surrey where King got six wickets. King averaged four runs less per wicket, however, and also contributed with 614 runs, the third-most in the team. In the batting, they were headed by captain John Lester, who made 786 runs in 13 matches.
|1903 English cricket season – leading batsmen|
|C. B. Fry||Gentlemen, Sussex||25||2683||81.30||9||8|
|Tom Hayward||Players, Surrey||38||2177||35.68||3||12|
|Johnny Tyldesley||Lancashire, Players||28||1955||44.43||2||13|
|Ranjitsinhji||Gentlemen, London County, MCC, Sussex||28||1924||56.58||5||12|
|Archie MacLaren||Gentlemen, Lancashire||30||1886||42.86||4||11|
|1903 English cricket season – leading bowlers|
|Name||Team(s)||Matches||Balls bowled||Wickets taken||Average|
|Wilfred Rhodes||Players, Yorkshire||36||8268||193||14.57|
|Ted Arnold||Players, Worcestershire||26||6314||143||17.44|
|Sam Hargreave||Players, Warwickshire||21||5537||134||14.02|
|Len Braund||London County, MCC, Players, Somerset, South of England||30||5736||134||21.01|