Hadlow Cricket Club
Hadlow Cricket Club was one of the early English cricket clubs, formed in the early to mid eighteenth century. Hadlow is a village in the Medway valley near Tonbridge in Kent. A cricket club at Hadlow was mentioned in contemporary sources during the 1747 English cricket season and was mentioned by F S Ashley-Cooper, to be "a famous parish for cricket"; the Penny London Post of 1 July that year announced a match to be played on Dartford Breach for two guineas a man by Hadlow against Dartford Cricket Club as "the deciding match". There was no report of the outcome and no reports have been found of the previous fixtures either; the importance of the Hadlow team was confirmed when an important match at the Artillery Ground in July 1747 between teams led by the star players Robert Colchin and William Hodsoll included on Hodsoll's side John Larkin and others from the parish of Hadlow in Kent. In the month, "Five of Hadlow" twice opposed "Five of Slindon", the Sussex club, famous for Richard Newland and its challenges to the rest of England.
In August the same year when a Kent side played against All-England at the Artillery Ground, its team included Larkin and a player called Jones of Hadlow. The last mention of the original Hadlow club is a match against Addington Cricket Club, another of the "great little clubs" of the pre-MCC era, in 1751. Cricket is still played at Hadlow; the modern club was first mentioned in 1819 and the present ground is located off Common Road, to the north of the village. The pavilion cost £ 42.10 s to build. The club fields teams in the Kent County Village League. Hadlow Cricket Club website
Sheffield Cricket Club
The Sheffield Cricket Club was founded in the 18th century and soon began to play a key role in the development of cricket in northern England. It was the direct forerunner of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and some of the teams fielded by Sheffield were styled Yorkshire. Sheffield held first-class status, depending on the quality of their opponents, from 1827 to 1855; the earliest known references to cricket in Yorkshire are in 1751. These relate to local matches in Sheffield and to a game on or soon after Monday, 5 August at Stanwick, near Richmond, between the Duke of Cleveland’s XI and Earl of Northumberland’s XI, it is believed that Sheffield Cricket Club was founded soon after that date and it began to play matches against teams from other northern towns, including some inter-county fixtures. Sheffield became the main centre for cricket in Yorkshire. In September 1757, a match took place between Wirksworth and Sheffield at Brampton Moor, near Chesterfield; this is the earliest reference to cricket in Derbyshire.
William White's History & General Directory of the Borough of Sheffield has the following information: "In 1757 we find the Town Trustees attempting the abolition of brutal sports by paying 14s6d to the cricket players on Shrove Tuesday to entertain the populace and prevent the infamous practice of throwing at cocks". Mr White does not give the primary source from which he himself derived the information but it would be in parish or town records of some kind which may or may not still exist. On Tuesday, 7 July 1761, the Leeds Intelligencer announced a game to be played at Chapeltown the following Thursday and this is the first game known to have been played in the Leeds area. On Thursday, 5 September 1765, the London Chronicle reported a "great match" on Monday, 26 August: Leeds v Sheffield at Chapeltown Moor, near Leeds. Sheffield won "with great difficulty"; as this game was rated and was reported by a London newspaper, it shows that cricket was well established in Yorkshire only 14 years after it was first reported there.
In August 1771, the first of many matches between Sheffield and Nottingham was held. This one took place on the Forest Racecourse at Nottingham and is the earliest known reference to cricket in Nottinghamshire and to any team from the county; the result of the game is unknown because "of a dispute having arisen by one of the Sheffield players being jostled" and the reports mention a Sheffield player called Osguthorpe who "kept in batting for several hours together". This match may tentatively be regarded as the beginning of county-level cricket in the north of England; the Sheffield club was representative of its county in a similar fashion to Nottingham and Manchester. Although standards of play in the south were much higher than in the north at this time, the same scenario can be observed re the Hornchurch, Chertsey and Hambledon clubs in their respective counties. In 1772, the Daily Messenger carried reports of a match in Sheffield on Monday, 1 June, in which Sheffield defeated Nottingham.
The Sheffield club continued to play occasional first-class matches against other northern clubs. In September 1833 occurred the first use of "Yorkshire" as the team name instead of "Sheffield"; this was in the Yorkshire v Norfolk match at Sheffield which Yorkshire won by 120 runs. The great Fuller Pilch was still playing for Norfolk. Yorkshire was by now finding star players of its own the fast bowling all-rounder Tom Marsden. Although the Sheffield and Manchester clubs had met there was a significant development on 23, 24 & 25 July 1849 when the match was called Yorkshire versus Lancashire at Hyde Park; this was the first match to involve a Lancashire county team and therefore, the first "Roses Match". Yorkshire won by 5 wickets. In the winter of 1854, the club agreed to build a new ground on land near to Bramall Lane which they were to lease from the Duke of Norfolk for ninety-nine years; the first game played at Bramall Lane on 30 April 1855 between "The Eleven" and "The Twenty-two" resulted in the senior team losing by an innings and 28 runs.
On 7 March 1861, a Match Fund Committee to run Yorkshire county matches was established in Sheffield, which had by been the home of Yorkshire cricket for nearly 100 years. It was from this fund; this was an exact parallel with the foundation of Sussex County Cricket Club from a similar fund. On 8 January 1863, the formation of Yorkshire County Cricket Club was agreed at a meeting of the Sheffield Match Fund Committee in the Adelphi Hotel, Sheffield; the new club was based at Bramall Lane and played its first inter-county match against Surrey at The Oval on 4, 5 & 6 June 1863. It was a rain-affected draw, evenly balanced; the foundation of Yorkshire superseded Sheffield, which ceased to be a first-class team in its own right. For the history of Yorkshire cricket since the foundation of the county club, see: Yorkshire County Cricket Club Highest team total: 282 v Manchester, Botanical Gardens, Manchester, 1854 Lowest team total: 39 v Nottingham, The Forest New Ground, Nottingham, 1829 Highest individual innings: 125 by Tom Marsden v Nottingham, Nottingham, 1828 Best bowling: 7/38 by Henry Wright v Manchester, Hyde Park Ground, Sheffield, 1852 ACS.
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Kent county cricket teams
Kent county cricket teams have been traced back to the 17th century but the county's involvement in cricket goes back much further than that. Kent, jointly with Sussex, is accepted as the birthplace of the sport, it is believed that cricket was first played by children living on the Weald in Saxon or Norman times. The world's earliest known organised match was held in Kent c.1611 and the county has always been at the forefront of cricket's development through the growth of village cricket in the 17th century to representative matches in the 18th. A Kent team took part in the earliest known inter-county match, played on Dartford Brent in 1709. Several famous players and patrons were involved in Kent cricket from until the creation of the first county club in 1842. Among them were William Bedle, Robert Colchin and the 3rd Duke of Dorset. Kent were regarded as the strongest county team in the first half of the 18th century and were always one of the main challengers to the dominance of Hambledon in the second half.
County cricket ceased through the Napoleonic War and was resurrected in 1826 when Kent played Sussex. By the 1830s, Kent remained so until mid-century. Cricket is believed to have developed out of other bat-and-ball games and was first played in early medieval times to the south and south-east of London in the geographical areas of the North Downs, the South Downs and the Weald; the world's earliest known organised match took place in c. 1611, at Chevening. A court case described it as a "cricketing of the Weald and the Upland versus the Chalk Hill". Cricket became established in Kent and its neighbouring counties through the 17th century with the development of village cricket and it is possible that the earliest county teams were formed in the aftermath of the Restoration in 1660. In 1705, a newspaper recorded an 11-a-side match between West of Kent and Chatham at a place called "Maulden", which does not exist. Historians have surmised that the venue must have been either Malling. Four years the earliest known inter-county match took place when a Kent side and one from Surrey played against each other on Dartford Brent.
It is believed, as asserted by G. B. Buckley, that "inter-county matches" till about 1730 were inter-parish matches involving two villages on either side of a county boundary. Dartford was an important club in the first half of the 18th century and its team at this time featured William Bedle, acknowledged to have been cricket's first great player; the 1709 match is the earliest known mention of Dartford Brent as a venue. The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians considers Kent to be one of cricket's "major counties" throughout its entire history and rates all Kent county matches in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as many played by teams called East Kent or West Kent, as first-class; the ACS have explained that any match between a strong Kent eleven and another top-class team justifies the classification but caution is needed with nomenclature because of the different committees and sponsors who organised the games and would sometimes use team names other than "Kent". Dartford came under the patronage of Edwin Stead through the 1720s and its team became representative of Kent as a county playing against teams from Sussex.
Stead developed a keen rivalry with the Sussex patrons Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond, Sir William Gage. Their teams would name themselves either by their counties or as the patron's XI. There were three Kent v Sussex matches in 1728 and Stead's team won them all. After the third win, a newspaper reported the outcome as "the third time this summer that the Kent men have been too expert for those of Sussex"; the 1728 proclamation of Kent's superiority is the first time that the concept of a "Champion County" can be seen in the sources and it is augmented by a "turned the scales" comment made by a reporter after Sussex defeated Kent in 1729. The 1729 report added that the "scale of victory had been on the Kentish side for some years past". In 1730, a newspaper referred to the "Kentish champions". In his cricket history, Harry Altham titled his third chapter, about cricket in the second quarter of the 18th century, as "Kent, The First Champions". Strong teams played under the name of Kent throughout the 18th century with several famous patrons including Stead, Robert Colchin, Lord John Sackville, his son John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset and Sir Horatio Mann organising teams.
In July 1739, the strength of Kent as a county team was recognised by the formation of a non-international England team, loosely termed "All-England" or, more the Rest of England, to play against them. Kent at this time were led by Lord John Sackville and his team won the first All-England match on Bromley Common. In 1744, the year in which the Laws of Cricket were first published as a code, Kent met All-England four times; the most famous encounter was the one on Monday, 18 June at the Artillery Ground, commemorated in a poem by James Love and is the subject of the world's second oldest scorecard. It is the opening match in Scores and Biographies. Kent, whose team included both Colchin and Sackville, won the match by one wicket. Under the Duke of Dorset and Sir Horatio Mann, Kent continued to field a strong team through the last quarter of the 18th century and were, along with Surrey, the main challengers to Hampshire whose team was organised by the Hambledon Club. Dartford had played against a Hambledo
Richmond Green is a recreation area located near the centre of Richmond, a town of about 20,000 inhabitants situated in south west London. Owned by the Crown Estate, it is leased to the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames; the Green, described as "one of the most beautiful urban greens surviving anywhere in England", is square in shape and its open grassland, framed with broadleaf trees, extends to twelve acres. On the north-east side there is a smaller open space called Little Green. Richmond Green and Little Green are overlooked by a mixture of period townhouses, historic buildings and municipal and commercial establishments including the Richmond Lending Library and Richmond Theatre. On summer weekends and public holidays the Green attracts many visitors, it has a long history of hosting sporting events. Jousting tournaments took place on Richmond Green in the Middle Ages, when English monarchs were living in or visiting what is now called Richmond. For over 400 years, Richmond Green has been edged by houses and commercial premises – built to provide accommodation for people serving or visiting Richmond Palace.
In 1625 Charles I brought his court here to escape the plague in London and by the early 18th century these had become the homes of "minor nobility and court hangers-on". The construction of the railway in the mid-19th century cut the Green off from Old Deer Park, led to the building of Victorian villas for the more prosperous commuters to London; the A316 road, built in the early 20th century, worsened this separation. Today the northern and southern sides of the Green are residential while the eastern side, linking with Richmond's high street, George Street, is retail and commercial. Public buildings line the eastern side of Little Green and pubs and cafés cluster in the corner by Paved and Golden Courts – two of a number of alleys that lead from the Green to George Street; these alleys are lined with privately owned boutiques. To the west of the Green is Old Palace Lane, running down to the river. Adjoining to the left is the renowned terrace of well-preserved three-storey houses known as Maids of Honour Row.
These were built in 1724 for the maids of honour of Queen Caroline, the queen consort of George II. As a child, Richard Burton, the Victorian explorer, lived at number 2. Richmond Green "The Green", is a street address. Numbers 1–6, 11–12 and 32, Richmond Green are all Grade II* listed. Numbers 7–10 Richmond Green are all Grade II listed, as are nos 14–18, 21–25 and 29–31; the ornamental iron railings at no 11 are Grade II* listed. The Cricketers public house is between Richmond Green and 25, Richmond Green. Another public house, The Prince's Head, is at Richmond Green. 8, Richmond Green, is the location of the Richmond Charities. The late 19th-century drinking fountain at the south corner of Richmond Green and a pair of K6 red telephone boxes are Grade II listed, as is a lamp standard outside 1, Richmond Green; the houses on the south-western side of the Green include Maids of Honour Row. The houses, their gates and railings, at numbers 1–4 Maids of Honour Row are Grade I listed; the Wardrobe and the Gate House, both Grade I listed, are surviving structures from Henry VII's Richmond Palace.
The Gate House was built in 1501, was let on a 65-year lease by the Crown Estate Commissioners in 1986. The Trumpeters' House, Grade I listed, is an early 18th-century house built on the site of Richmond Palace's Middle Gate; the street bounding Richmond Green on the north-west is called Pembroke Villas. Numbers 1 to 10, Pembroke Villas are Grade II listed; the street running along the north east of the Green, where it joins Pembroke Villas, is called Portland Terrace. Numbers 1 to 4, Portland Terrace are Grade II listed. Between Pembroke Villas and Portland Terrace is a gate that used to be the entrance to Old Deer Park and is now open only to pedestrians. Just a few yards beyond the gate, a footbridge crosses the railway to lead to Old Deer Park Car Park. Portland Terrace runs past Little Green to become Duke Street; the Green was a popular venue. The earliest reference to cricket on Richmond Green is from a 1666 letter by Sir Robert Paston, a resident of Richmond; the Green is presently home to two village cricket teams each affiliated to two of Richmond's pubs, The Prince's Head and The Cricketers.
Midweek matches are contested in the modern limited overs format of Twenty20 on a Tuesday or Thursdays, where surrounding village teams compete for the Len Smith Charity Shield. Two watercolours by Edward Walker, made in 1942, showing nos 10, 11 and 12 Richmond Green and the south side of the Green, are in the Recording Britain collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Friends of Richmond Green, an amenity action group, seek to "protect and enhance the Green for local residents and future generations". Richmond Green cricket ground Richmond Green United Reformed Church Richmond Palace Richmond Theatre "Richmond Green properties", Local history notes, Local Studies Collection, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, 3 August 2009 Friends of Richmond Green Richmond Local History Society The Richmond Society
Laleham Burway is a 1.6-square-kilometre tract of water-meadow and former water-meadow between the River Thames and Abbey River in the far north of Chertsey in Surrey. Its uses are varied. Part is Laleham Golf Club. Part, raised trailer/park homes towards its west, forms residential development. A reservoir and water works is on the island. From at least the year 1278 its historic bulky northern definition formed part of the dominant estate of Laleham across the river, its manor, to which it was linked by a ferry until the early 20th century. Accordingly, as to this section its owner in period from the mid-19th until the early 20th century was the Earl of Lucan; the southern greater part of the land marked today as the Burway or Laleham Burway was the Abbey Mead, kept since the seventh century among many square miles of land and other institutions such as priories and churches of Chertsey Abbey until the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Part of it was the home of Chertsey Cricket Club. Where not considered for former land ownership reasons with Abbey Mead, the old definition of Laleham Burway, in 1911, comprised 200 acres which were for horse and cow pasture.
The near-triangular bulk of the ground measured as about 200 acres on the right bank of the Thames in 1911 constitutes its narrow, historical definition to distinguish Laleham Burway's at times separate ownership from Abbey Mead. This north part of the island thus marked Laleham Burway was divided from the Abbey Mead of Chertsey by a seasonal ditch, the Burway Ditch, by another from the meadow of Mixnams on the north; the triangle was Chertsey parish, but belonged to the manor of Laleham. It is mentioned as the Island of Burgh in the original endowment of Chertsey Abbey between 666 and 675, is described as separated from Mixtenham "by water", which formed part of the boundary of the abbey lands, but it is not clear which of the two lay within the bounds of the abbey. Tradition says that the Burway belonged to Chertsey, that in a time of great scarcity and famine the inhabitants of Laleham supplied the abbey with necessaries which those of Chertsey could not, or would not provide, in return for which the abbot granted them the use of this piece of ground.
Whatever the truth of this story, it is certain that the Abbey of Westminster when holding Laleham manor held land on the Surrey side of the river, that in the time of Edward I it held part of the meadow called Mixtenham — in a dispute with the abbey of Chertsey in 1278, Westminster agreed to release their right in this meadow in return for 4 acres of pasture contiguous with that which they held. In 1370 they still held some pasture in Mixtenham; the Burway is in a grant of Laleham manor during the 18th century. At the beginning of the 19th century it is described as paying no taxes to either parish. In 1911 it belonged to owners of estates within the manor of Laleham, the pasture was divided into 300 parts called'farrens,' the tenancies of, granted variously to feed horses or to support cow and a half at £1 17s. 6d. and £1 5s. Annually, respectively. If a farren was sold it was worth about £40; the Burway was not inclosed under the Act of 1773 for inclosing the common fields of Laleham Manor in Chertsey, exempted from the Act of 1808 for inclosing Laleham but inclosed under an Act passed in 1813, when the Earl of Lucan, new lord of the manor, acquired by allotment and purchase about 70 acres.
Laleham Burway is the largest island of the non-tidal course of the River Thames in England upstream of the Tideway — if disqualifying the villages of Dorney and Eton, Berkshire enclosed by the 2002-completed Jubilee River. During the 1736 English cricket season Chertsey Cricket Club played matches against Croydon and London, it is known that two games were played against Croydon before July that season: one at Duppas Hill in Croydon and the other at the Laleham Burway ground. Numerous matches were played at Laleham Burway during the 18th century; the most famous was the one in which Thomas White's huge bat caused a furore that led to a change in the Laws of Cricket. This was the Chertsey v Hambledon game on Monday, 23 and Tuesday, 24 September 1771. Eight first-class cricket matches were held on the ground between 1773 and 1779, one with Chertsey classified as a first-class club, the only time this happened, six with Surrey teams as the home side and one where an England side played a Hampshire side.
The ground is known to have been used by Chertsey until June 1784, although it has been used in the 20th century for some cricket. Chetsey Cricket Club had "ceased to exist" by 1856 and its revival began at the Recreation Ground in Chertsey, followed by its present ground, Grove Road, after the First World War. Abbey River Islands of the River Thames Laleham Watermill leats Water-meadow Chertsey Abbey
The Hambledon Club was a social club, famous for its organisation of 18th century cricket matches. By the late 1770s it was the foremost cricket club in England; the origin of the club, based near Hambledon in rural Hampshire, is unclear but it had been founded by 1768. Its basis was a local parish cricket team, in existence before 1750 and achieved prominence in 1756 when it played a series of three matches versus Dartford, which had itself been a major club for at least 30 years. At this time, the parish team was sometimes referred to as "Squire Land's Club", after Squire Thomas Land, the main organiser of cricket teams in the village before the foundation of the club proper. Thomas Land seems to have withdrawn from the scene in about 1764, it is believed. Land was interested in hunting and maintained a pack of hounds that earned him recognition as "one of the most celebrated fox-hunters in Great-Britain". Land is mentioned in the Hambledon Club Song written by Reverend Reynell Cotton in about 1771.
Cotton was not too concerned about Land having left the club: Then why should we fear either Sackville or Mann, Or repine at the loss of both Bayton and Land? From the mid-1760s, Hambledon's stature grew till by the late 1770s it was the foremost cricket club in England. In spite of its relative remoteness, it had developed into a private club of noblemen and country gentry, for whom one of cricket's attractions was the opportunity it offered for betting. Although some of these played in matches, professional players were employed; the club produced several famous players including John Small, Thomas Brett, Richard Nyren, David Harris, Tom Taylor, Billy Beldham and Tom Walker. It was the inspiration for the first significant cricket book: The Cricketers of My Time by John Nyren, the son of Richard Nyren; the Hambledon Club was social and, as it was multi-functional, not a cricket club as such. Rather it is seen as an organiser of matches. Arguments have taken place among historians about whether its teams should be termed Hampshire or Hambledon.
A study of the sources indicates that the nomenclature changed and both terms were applicable. The subject is complicated by a reference to the Kent versus Hampshire & Sussex match at Guildford Bason on 26 and 28 August 1772. According to the source, "Hampshire & Sussex" was synonymous with "Hambledon Club". Sussex cricket was not prominent during the Hambledon period and this could have been because Hambledon operated a team representing two counties. There were Sussex connections at Hambledon such as John Bayton, Richard Nyren, William Barber and Noah Mann. In 1782 the club moved from its original ground at Broadhalfpenny Down to Windmill Down, about half a mile away towards the village of Hambledon; the Bat and Ball Inn had been requisitioned as a munitions dump by the military, Windmill Down provided as an alternative. However, after a couple of seasons playing on the steep sloping and exposed new ground the club agitated for a move to a more suitable location and Ridge Meadow was purchased as a permanent replacement.
Ridge Meadow is still the home of Hambledon C. C. today. Hambledon's great days ended in the 1780s with a shift in focus from the rural counties of Kent and Hampshire to metropolitan London where Lord's was established as the home of the new Marylebone Cricket Club in 1787; however for the decade up to 1793, Hambledon remained a meeting place for like-minded Royal Navy Officers such as Captains Erasmus Gower, Robert Calder, Charles Powell Hamilton, Mark Robinson, Sir Hyde Parker and Robert Linzee. In May 1791 Lord Hugh Seymour became president of the Club but soon afterwards these officers all returned to sea. Membership declined during the 1790s. On 29 August 1796, fifteen people attended a meeting and amongst them, according to the official minutes, was "Mr Thos Pain, Authour of the rights of Man"! It was a joke for Thomas Paine was under sentence of death for treason and exiled in revolutionary Paris; the last meeting was held on 21 September 1796 where the minutes read only that "No Gentlemen were present".
The club had a famous round of six toasts: 6. The Queen's mother 5, her Majesty the Queen 4. The Hambledon Club 3. Cricket 2; the Immortal Memory of Madge 1. The President; the enigmatic "Madge" is a "what", not a "who". Indeed, it is believed to be a common, but crude, contemporary reference to the vagina. A description of the revival and, the whole history of the Hambledon Club can be read in The Glory Days of Cricket by Ashley Mote; the original ground is at Broadhalfpenny Down, opposite the Bat and Ball Inn, in Hyden Farm Lane, near Clanfield, where now the Broadhalfpenny Brigands Cricket Club play. The current Hambledon Cricket Club ground is nearer Hambledon village at Ridge Meadow, just off the road to Broadhalfpenny Down, about half a mile from the village. On Saturday 8 September 2007 the clubhouse was burnt to the ground. Mote, Ashley; the Glory Days of Cricket. Robson. Nyren, John. Ashley Mote, ed; the Cricketers of my Time. Robson
Moulsey Hurst is located in what is now West Molesey, Surrey on the south bank of the River Thames above Molesey Lock. It is one of England's oldest sporting venues and was used in the 18th and 19th centuries for cricket and other sports; the site can be reached from Hampton across the river by Hampton Ferry when it is running in the summer. When James VI and I became King of England in 1603, he brought his golf clubs with him and the first games of golf in England were played at Molesey and Greenwich which were large open spaces adjacent to royal palaces; this venue is considered to be one of the oldest used for organised cricket. The earliest known use of the site for the game was in 1723 for a match between London. One of cricket's most famous paintings is Cricket at Moulsey Hurst, by Richard Wilson in 1780; the painting is owned on display at Lord's. It was the site of the now defunct Hurst Park horse race course; the 1872 Ordnance Survey map shows. The location of the cricket ground was in the centre of the racecourse, common practice in the 18th century.
It was at this ground where the now modern-day East Molesey CC began, although the current ground now lies on Graburn Way, about a quarter of a mile further east and a short walk from Hampton Court Palace. Molesey Hurst Golf Club was founded in 1907; the club disappeared at the onset of WW2. Other sports and activities included ballooning and archery. In 2004, Hurst Park Residents Association laid out a "heritage marker" close to the river, which contains a number of illustrations of the history and activities of the area. 871 – Vikings sailed up the Thames here to sack Chertsey Abbey 1723 – the earliest known use of the site for cricket: Surrey v. London 1733 – earliest known use of the site for an inter-county match when Surrey played Middlesex May 1785 – James Sadler made a hot air balloon ascent near here, accompanied by a member of parliament, about a year after the success of the Montgolfier Brothers balloon Autumn 1787 – a professional runner named Powell ran a mile in 4 minutes and 3 seconds at Moulsey Hurst in preparation for an attempt on the 4-minute mile August 1795 – in a cricket match at Moulsey Hurst, John Tufton was dismissed leg before wicket by John Wells.