1746 English cricket season

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1746 English cricket season
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1746 was the 50th English cricket season since the earliest known important match was played. Details have survived of thirteen important eleven-a-side and two single wicket matches, the Jacobite Rebellion was effectively over by the time the cricket season got under way, the Battle of Culloden having been fought on 16 April.

Important matches[edit]

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

date match title venue result source
12 May (M) Bromley v Addington Bromley Common Addington won [1][2]
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Addington won "with great difficulty". A return match was arranged (see below): "On Monday next they play their second match at Mr Smith's, Pyd-Horse" (a reference to the pub adjacent to the Artillery Ground).

19 May (M) Addington v Bromley Artillery Ground result unknown [1][3]
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This is the return match referred to above. No match details were reported.

26 May (M) Bromley & Chislehurst v Addington Bromley Common result unknown [4]
notes

This is the return match referred to above. No match details were reported.

9 June (M) Addington & Lingfield v London & Surrey Artillery Ground Addington & Lingfield won [1][3][5]
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The report says: "A Kent man (unidentified) assisted London and Surrey as a given man", the match was reported in the General London Evening Mercury as "Middlesex v Surrey" but the above title seems to be more accurate. Addington & Lingfield (aka Middlesex) won "by a considerable number of notches".

23 June (M) Kent v Surrey Artillery Ground result unknown [1][3][6]
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The Kent team consisted entirely of players from Bromley, Bexley and Eltham.

2 July (W) London v Westminster Artillery Ground result unknown [1][3][7]
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No information is known.

7 July (M) Kent & Surrey v Addington & Bromley Duppas Hill, Croydon Kent & Surrey won by 4 runs [1][3][7]
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The crowd was reported as "nearly ten thousand". Kipps of Eltham, the well-known wicketkeeper, played as a given man for Addington & Bromley. The title of the fixture indicates the strength of the Addington and Bromley clubs at this time, the London Evening Post on Thursday, 3 July announced: "No person allowed to bring any liquour that don’t (sic) live in the parish".

14 July (M) Addington & Bromley v Kent & Surrey Artillery Ground result unknown [1][3]
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This was a return fixture. Kipps of Eltham again played as a given man for Addington & Bromley.

30 July (W) London v Edmonton Artillery Ground result unknown [1][3]
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No information is known.

2 August (S) Kent v All England Bromley Common result unknown [1][3][7]
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Originally scheduled for the previous day but postponed because "it was impossible for the noblemen and gentlemen to be present on the Friday".

4 August (M) All England v Kent Artillery Ground All England won [1][3][8][7]
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No details known beyond the result.

25 August (M) London v Edmonton Artillery Ground result unknown [1][3][7]
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No information is known, the game was evidently a return to the one on 30 July.

1 September (M) Chislehurst & London v Addington Artillery Ground result unknown [1][3][7]
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Played for fifty pounds and started at one o'clock but no other information is known.

Single wicket[edit]

Monday, 21 July. There was a four-a-side match at the Artillery Ground between Four Millers of Bray Mills in Berkshire and Four Best Players of Addington, it was played for fifty pounds but the result is unknown. Thomas Waymark was by this time employed at Bray Mills and so he was probably involved.[3]

Wednesday, 6 August. A three-a-side game in the Artillery Ground involving "six players esteemed the best in England", the teams were Robert Colchin, John Bryant (both Bromley) and Joe Harris (Addington) versus Stephen Dingate (Surrey), Val Romney (Sevenoaks) and Richard Newland (Slindon). Stephen Dingate's team won the match. Hundreds of pounds were lost and won over the game.[3][8] Newspapers pre-announcing the event named John Harris in Long Robin's team but it was his brother Joe who actually played.[9]

First mentions[edit]

Counties[edit]

  • none

Clubs and teams[edit]

Players[edit]

  • none

Venues[edit]

  • none

Notes[edit]

  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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l ACS, Important Matches, p. 22.
  2. ^ Waghorn, Cricket Scores, pp. 36–37.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Ashley-Cooper, At the Sign of the Wicket, 29 March 1900, p. 37.
  4. ^ Maun, p. 165.
  5. ^ Buckley, FL18C, p. 20.
  6. ^ Waghorn, Dawn of Cricket, p. 16.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Waghorn, Dawn of Cricket, p. 17.
  8. ^ a b Waghorn, Cricket Scores, p. 38.
  9. ^ a b McCann, p. 35.

Bibliography[edit]

  • ACS (1981). A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS. 
  • Ashley-Cooper, F. S. (1900). At the Sign of the Wicket: Cricket 1742–1751. Cricket: A Weekly Record of the Game. London: Cricket Magazine. OCLC 28863559. 
  • 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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