The summer of 1903 was one of the wettest on record, and six county matches were abandoned without a ball being bowled. Middlesex took advantage to win the championship for the first time in 26 years, although there was still much debate about the amount of cricket being played. CB Fry proposed that a knockout championship should be introduced, although many of the leading teams, including Yorkshire, Lancashire and Surrey, had no room in their calendar to accommodate such a proposal. After several meetings throughout the winter, the MCC committee rejected a proposal to widen the stumps, but only after a vote of 216 for and 199 against.
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