There have been 8 instances of a batsman getting an average of 100 in a championship season since 1890 (the official start date).
3 cricketers have done it twice. Can anyone name the 5. (qualification 1000 runs).
Average of 100 in a championship season (qualification 1000 runs).
W R Hammond, 1934, 2020 runs, 126.25 av.
R M Poore (Hampshire) 1899, 1399 runs, 116.58 av.
G Boycott, 1979, 1160 runs, 116.00 av.
G Boycott, 1971, 2197 runs, 109.85 av.
W R Hammond, 1946, 1404 runs, 108.00 av.
M R Ramprakash, 2006, 2211 runs, 105.28 av.
M R Ramprakash, 2007, 2026 runs, 101.30 av
I T Botham, 1985, 1211 runs, 100.91 av.
Currently Sangakkara has 1068 runs and an average of 106.8, while Ballance has 815 runs and an average of 101.88. So maybe two more to be added to the list?
Major Bertie Poore of the 7th Hussars was an amateur, as were many at the turn of the century, and he only played, in that year, 9 Championship matches, scoring 7 centuries and averaging a remarkable 116.58. That though, was just by way of relaxation. Within months he was fighting in the Boar War, was mentioned three times in despatches and won the DSO. There was little time left for cricket.