1727 English cricket season

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1727 English cricket season
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The 1727 English cricket season saw a number of matches promoted by wealthy landowners like the Duke of Richmond, Sir William Gage, Mr Alan Brodrick and Mr Edwin Stead. Among the best of the professional players were the all-rounder Thomas Waymark, who was apparently a groom employed by the Duke of Richmond; and Stephen Dingate, who may have been a barber.[1]


Date Match Title Venue Result
date unknown Duke of Richmond’s XI v Sir William Gage’s XI[2] venue unknown result unknown

Sir William Gage was another of the cricket's early benefactors and his correspondence reveals a close rapport with his friend and rival the Duke of Richmond.

date unknown Sir William Gage’s XI v Duke of Richmond’s XI[2] venue unknown result unknown
 ? July Mr Alan Brodrick’s XI v Duke of Richmond’s XI[2] Peper Harow ? result unknown

Peper Harow is about four miles from Godalming and was the home of the Brodrick family. There is a view that it was the venue of the match in July.[3]

 ? August Duke of Richmond’s XI v Mr Alan Brodrick’s XI[2] Godalming? result unknown

Other events[edit]

A match was played at Cranbrook, Kent on Monday, 29 May between "14 old men of that town". The oldest, Richard Shefe, was 84. The match was to celebrate Restoration Day, also known as Oak Apple Day.[4]

There was a game at Warehorne Green, near Ashford, Kent on Monday, 5 June that was arranged by George Baker, Esq. who is described as the General Receiver; and Thomas Hodges, Esq. The teams were Warehorne v Hawkshurst and they played 12 a side.[5]

Articles of Agreement[edit]

References to the games between the Duke of Richmond and Mr Brodrick mention that they drew up Articles of Agreement between them to determine the rules that must apply in their contests. This may be the first time that rules were formally agreed, although rules as such definitely existed. In early times, the rules would be agreed orally and subject to local variations. This syndrome was also evident in football until the FA was founded, especially re the question of handling the ball.[2]


  1. ^ Marshall, p.52.
  2. ^ a b c d e McCann, pp.6–7.
  3. ^ Marshall, pp.47–48.
  4. ^ Maun, pp.34–35.
  5. ^ Buckley, p.3.


  • Buckley, G. B. (1935). Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket. Cotterell. 
  • Marshall, John (1961). The Duke who was Cricket. Muller. 
  • Maun, Ian (2009). From Commons to Lord's, Volume One: 1700 to 1750. Roger Heavens. ISBN 978-1-900592-52-9. 
  • McCann, Tim (2004). Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century. Sussex Record Society. 

Additional reading[edit]

  • ACS (1981). A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS. 
  • Altham, H. S. (1962). A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914). George Allen & Unwin. 
  • Birley, Derek (1999). A Social History of English Cricket. Aurum. 
  • Bowen, Rowland (1970). Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development. Eyre & Spottiswoode. 
  • Buckley, G. B. (1937). Fresh Light on pre-Victorian Cricket. Cotterell. 
  • Major, John (2007). More Than A Game. HarperCollins. 
  • Underdown, David (2000). Start of Play. Allen Lane. 
  • Waghorn, H. T. (1906). The Dawn of Cricket. Electric Press. 
  • Wilson, Martin (2005). An Index to Waghorn. Bodyline. 

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