1798 English cricket season
1798 was the twelfth season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). It was by now commonplace for important matches to involve town clubs rather than county teams.
|2 & 3 May (W–Th)||F Beauclerk v J Tufton||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB230||Beauclerk's XI won by 19 runs|
The above was excluded from a previous classification but the players are recognised so this has important match status. However, the return game between Beauclerk and Tufton on 24 August was nine a side with weak teams (SB245).
|9–10 May (W–Th)||MCC v London||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB231||MCC won by 5 wkts|
|28–29 May (M–Tu)||MCC v Montpelier ^||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB232||Montpelier won by 55 runs|
|6–8 June (W–Th)||All-England v Surrey||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB233||All-England won by 128 runs|
|13–14 June (W–Th)||Montpelier v MCC ^||Montpelier Gardens||SB234||MCC won by 175 runs|
^ As in 1797, Montpelier had a fairly strong team, especially with given men, so their two games v MCC were good quality. The majority of players are recognised.
|20–21 Jun (W–Th)||MCC v Middlesex||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB235||Middlesex won by 10 wkts|
|26–27 June (Tu–W)||MCC v All-England||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB235||MCC won by 17 runs|
|11–13 July (W–F)||MCC v All-England||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB238||MCC won by 7 wkts|
|13–14 July (F–S)||F Beauclerk v R Whitehead||Lord’s (Dorset Square)||SB238||Whitehead's XI won by 7 wkts|
The Beauclerk v Whitehead game on 13–14 July (SB238) was single innings, whether this was intentional or not, and the names of four Whitehead players are unknown. All things considered, this is a marginal fixture needing further analysis.
|26–28 July (Th–S)||Hampshire v MCC||Stoke Down||SB240||MCC won by 78 runs|
|2–3 Aug (Th–F)||MCC v Hampshire||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB241||Hampshire won by 102 runs|
|13–15 Aug (M–W)||All-England v Surrey||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB243||All-England won by innings & 12 runs|
|16–17 Aug (Th–F)||All-England v Surrey||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB244||All-England won by 13 runs|
|16–17 Aug (Th–F)||Woolwich v Croydon #||Barrack Field, Woolwich||brit||Woolwich won by 88 runs|
|29 Aug (W)||Croydon v Woolwich #||Duppas Hill, Croydon||brit||Woolwich won by innings & 25 runs|
|5–6 Sept (W–Th)||Middlesex v Hertfordshire||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB247||Middlesex won by 93 runs|
Herts had a weak team here and was not an important team unless with given men.
|26 Sept (W)||Montpelier v Woolwich &c.||Montpelier Gardens||FLPV||Montpelier won by 138 runs|
This was a single innings game and the teams were local club standard only. Woolwich &c. in full is Woolwich, Crayford & Dartford (also on 8–9 October below).
|1–2 Oct (M–Tu)||Yorkshire Militia v Nottingham Militia||Wetherby||FLPV||NM won by 58 runs|
|8–9 Oct (M–Tu)||Woolwich &c. v Montpelier #||Barrack Field, Woolwich||brit||drawn|
# These three matches were unknown till Britcher’s scores came to light recently. They are minor matches involving local clubs only.
- Henry Bentley
- Capt. / Col. Peregrine Maitland, (MCC and Surrey; amateur) – played 27 matches to 1808
- Charles Reed (Kent) – played 7 matches from 1798 to 1810
- Williams (MCC cricketer) (MCC; amateur) – played 6 matches in 1798
- J. Eavers (MCC) – played 5 matches from 1798 to 1802
- James Bennett (Hampshire) – played 5 matches from 1798 to 1805
- Bourke (MCC cricketer) (MCC; amateur) – played 2 matches in 1798
- Donnithorn (MCC cricketer) (MCC; amateur) – played 2 matches in 1798
- Greenham (Hampshire cricketer) – played 2 matches in 1798
- Johnston (Middlesex cricketer) – played 2 matches in 1798
Note that many scorecards in the 18th century are unknown or have missing details and so it is impossible to provide a complete analysis of batting performances: e.g., the missing not outs prevent computation of batting averages. The "runs scored" are in fact the runs known.
Fewer matches were recorded in 1798 than in previous years. The batsmen who scored over 100 runs were:
- Lord Frederick Beauclerk – 369
- Andrew Freemantle – 217
- Benjamin Clifton – 187
- John Tufton – 185
- Thomas Ray – 179
- Jack Small – 177
- Tom Walker – 164
- William Fennex – 148
- Robert Robinson – 147
- T A Smith – 146
- Hampton – 141
- William Beldham – 136
- John Wells – 135
- Harry Walker – 127
- John Hammond – 112
Note that the wickets credited to an 18th-century bowler were only those where he bowled the batsman out. The bowler was not credited with the wickets of batsmen who were caught out, even if it was "caught and bowled". In addition, the runs conceded by each bowler were not recorded so no analyses or averages can be computed.
Note that many scorecards in the 18th century are unknown or have missing details and so the totals are of the known catches and stumpings only. Stumpings were not always recorded as such and sometimes the name of the wicket-keeper was not given. Generally, a catch was given the same status as "bowled" with credit being awarded to the fielder only and not the bowler. There is never a record of "caught and bowled": the bowler would be credited with the catch, not with the wicket.
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