1738 English cricket season

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1738 English cricket season
Cricket formats first-class and single wicket

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.


Date Match Title Venue Result
July London & Surrey v Kent [1] Kennington Common Kent won

A return match was played, but where or with what result was not recorded.

July Chislehurst v London [2] 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 [2] 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 [3] 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 [2] Artillery Ground London won

Betting on London at the start of the second innings was a guinea to a shilling.


  1. ^ F S Ashley-Cooper, Kent Cricket Matches 1719-1880, Gibbs & Sons, 1929
  2. ^ a b c H T Waghorn, Cricket Scores, Notes, etc. (1730-1773), Blackwood, 1899
  3. ^ G B Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, Cotterell, 1935


  • 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. 

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. 
  • 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. 
  • Underdown, David (2000). Start of Play. Allen Lane. 

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