1733 English cricket season

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1733 English cricket season

1733 was the 37th English cricket season since the earliest known important match was played. Details have survived of twelve important matches. Two local matches played in Hampshire are the earliest known to have been played in the county.

Important matches[edit]

The following matches are classified as important:[fc 1]

date match title venue result source
22 May (Tu) Greenwich v London Blackheath London won by 15 runs [1]

London scored 112 in the first innings after going in first. No other totals were mentioned.

28 May (M) London v Greenwich Artillery Ground London won by 18 runs [1]

This was a rematch first announced in the report of the previous game.

26 June (Tu) Fulham v Chelsea Parsons Green result unknown [1]

Played for a prize of thirty guineas. Little is known about either of these teams, which have few mentions in the surviving records and may not have been part of the sport's mainstream. No details are known of the players involved and so the strengths of the two teams cannot now be determined but the stake was high and the match was reported in a newspaper, Berington's Evening Post.

5 July (Th) London v Kent Artillery Ground Kent won by 60 runs [2][3][4]

Advertised as for one guinea each man with wickets to be pitched at one o’clock and the spectators to keep outside the line round the ground. "If any persons get on the Walls (sic), they will be prosecuted as the Law directs; and the Company are desired to come through the Py'd Horse Yard, Chiswell Street".

c.11 July (W) Surrey v Middlesex Moulsey Hurst Middlesex won by 3 runs [5][4]

The report says the teams "were very hard matched". The Prince of Wales gave each player a guinea after the game.

1 August (W) Kent v Middlesex & Surrey Moulsey Hurst Middlesex & Surrey won [6][4]

The Kent v Middlesex & Surrey match was arranged immediately after the match on or about Wed 11 July by Frederick, Prince of Wales and Edwin Stead. The Prince of Wales awarded a silver cup to the winners of the Wednesday, 1 August match and this is the first known instance of a cup being played for. This is also mentioned in Kent Cricket Matches.

20 August (M) Acton & Ealing v London Ealing Common result unknown [1]

The terms of the match were "for £50, play or pay". This is the only mention of Acton & Ealing and of Ealing Common in the surviving records. The strength of the Acton & Ealing team cannot now be determined but the stake was high and the match was reported in a newspaper, Berington's Evening Post.

31 August (F) Frederick, Prince of Wales' XI v Lord Gage's XI Moulsey Hurst result unknown [7]

The announcement in the St James Evening Post (Sat 25 to Tues 28 August) states:

"On Friday next a great Match at Cricket will be play’d on Molesey (sic) Hurst; by 11 of the best Players in the County on each Side, for a Wager of 100 Guineas between His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and the Right Honorable, the Lord Gage".

Waghorn reported this in Dawn of Cricket as being on the following Friday, 7 September, and he confusingly recorded the county as Suffolk when it was in fact Sussex. Lord Gage was the former Sir William Gage. The Prince of Wales was by now completely taken with cricket and had become another great patron of the sport.

10 September (M) Surrey v Kent Kennington Common result unknown [8][9][4]

The same game seems to be dated 20 September in Dawn of Cricket which may be a Gregorian equivalent, although it is possible by reference to a game reported by Buckley in 1736 that Dawn of Cricket has got the year wrong, let alone the day and month. The game reported in Kent Cricket Matches is correctly dated Monday, 10 September (Julian Calendar). Kent Cricket Matches and Dawn of Cricket both report word for word a condition about roping the enclosure.

12 September (W) London v Kent Artillery Ground Kent won by 3 wickets [1][4]

This seems to be the earliest known result wherein the win was by a certain number of wickets, unless the Richmond v Chambers game in 1731 was actually conceded by Richmond. London scored 65 & 35; Kent scored 71 "and the second hands of the Kentish men won the wager and had three men to spare".

c.19 September (W) Croydon v London Duppas Hill, Croydon drawn [10]

Team scores are known: Croydon 95 & 76; London 89 & 41-5. Time expired and it was drawn. Croydon had three given men and it was reported that the betting reached record levels, but that statement could not have been verifiable even at the time. The Croydon team was called "the country men". The report says a rematch would take place at the Artillery Ground "on Wednesday next".

26 September (W) London v Croydon Artillery Ground drawn due to rain [11]

This was the rematch of the previous game. London had a lead of 8 runs when play was abandoned because of rain, but it is not known what stage the game had reached. Reported in the Whitehall Evening Post dated Saturday 29 September.

Other events[edit]

Tuesday, 22 May. The earliest known match in Hampshire took place at Stubbington, near Portsmouth, when a team of bachelors were beaten "most shamefully" by a team of married men. The report for this and the following match was found in the American Weekly Mercury, a Philadelphia newspaper, dated 20 to 27 September 1733.[12]

Tuesday, 29 May. The return match of the above took place at Titchfield and the married men won again.[12]

First mentions[edit]


Clubs and teams[edit]


  • none



  1. ^ First-class cricket was officially defined in May 1894 by a meeting at Lord's of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the county clubs which were then competing in the County Championship. The ruling was effective from the beginning of the 1895 season. Pre-1895 matches of the same standard have no official definition of status because the ruling is not retrospective and the important matches designation, as applied to a given match, is based on the views of one or more substantial historical sources. For further information, see First-class cricket, Forms of cricket and History of cricket.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Buckley, p. 8.
  2. ^ Waghorn, Dawn of Cricket, p. 11.
  3. ^ Buckley, p. 238.
  4. ^ a b c d e ACS, Important Matches, p. 20.
  5. ^ Waghorn, Cricket Scores, pp. 4–5.
  6. ^ a b Waghorn, Cricket Scores, pp. 5–6.
  7. ^ a b McCann, p. 14.
  8. ^ Maun, p. 61.
  9. ^ F. S. Ashley-Cooper, Kent Cricket Matches 1719-1880, Gibbs & Sons, 1929
  10. ^ Waghorn, Cricket Scores, p. 6.
  11. ^ Buckley, p. 9.
  12. ^ a b c Maun, p. 59.


  • ACS (1981). A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS. 
  • Buckley, G. B. (1935). Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket. Cotterell. 
  • McCann, Tim (2004). Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century. Sussex Record Society. 
  • Waghorn, H. T. (1899). Cricket Scores, Notes, etc. (1730–1773). Blackwood. 
  • Waghorn, H. T. (1906). The Dawn of Cricket. Electric Press. 
  • Wilson, Martin (2005). An Index to Waghorn. Bodyline. 

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