1986 English cricket season

The 1986 English cricket season was the 87th in which the County Championship had been an official competition. Essex won the title for the third time in four seasons. England were defeated in both their Test series against New Zealand and India.


Test series

New Zealand tour

Main article: New Zealand cricket team in England in 1986

India tour

Main article: Indian cricket team in England in 1986

Zimbabwe visit

The Zimbabwe national cricket team made a short visit to England and played a single limited overs match against Northamptonshire, the county winning by 7 wickets.[1]

County Championship

Main article: 1986 County Championship

NatWest Trophy

Main article: 1986 NatWest Trophy

Benson & Hedges Cup

Main article: 1986 Benson & Hedges Cup

Sunday League

Main article: 1986 John Player Special League

Rest of the World team

The Rest of the World XI played a one-day versus a West Indies XI for the Sport Aid charity at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. The match was a no result due to rain.[2]


Annual reviews