1738 English cricket season
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In the 1738 English cricket season, there were a reduced number of match reports. London featured in all the games reported. Chislehurst became a prominent club.
An advertisement in the Sherborne Mercury dated Tuesday 9 May 1738 is the earliest reference for cricket in Dorset. Twelve Dorchester men at Ridgway Races challenged twelve men from elsewhere to play them at cricket for the prize of twelve pairs of gloves valued at a shilling a pair.
|July||London & Surrey v Kent ||Kennington Common||Kent won|
A return match was played, but where or with what result was not recorded.
|July||Chislehurst v London ||Chislehurst Common||London won|
A game that “turned several times” until finally being won by London. The rematch was arranged a week hence.
|July||London v Chislehurst ||Artillery Ground||Chislehurst won by 5 wkts|
London scored less than 100 in their combined innings. Chislehurst had scored 73 in the first innings and won "without much difficulty".
|11 August (F)||London v Mitcham ||Artillery Ground||London won by 1 wkt|
Mitcham totalled 117-20 in two innings; London 118-19 in two innings. Strangely, the only report of this was in the Warwickshire & Staffordshire Journal dated Thursday 17 August.
|September||London v Chislehurst ||Artillery Ground||London won|
Betting on London at the start of the second innings was a guinea to a shilling.
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