1740 English cricket season

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1740 English cricket season
Cricket formats first-class and single wicket

In the 1740 English cricket season, few matches were reported. London features in all of them. Rain was a problem in July. As in other times of warfare or economic depression, less cricket was played than in times of peace and (for some) prosperity.[citation needed]


Date Match Title Venue Result
June Chislehurst v London [1] Chislehurst London won

The report only states the venue and the winners.

June London v Chislehurst [1] Artillery Ground result unknown

"All persons to come in at the iron gates at the Pyed Horse-yard".

c.9 July (W) Richmond & Moulsey v London [1] Moulsey Hurst drawn (rain)

Scores are known: London 100 & 70-8; R&M 86. Rain delayed the start till between three and four o’clock. It was decided to try again next week at the Artillery Ground.

16 July (W) London v Richmond & Moulsey [2] Artillery Ground London won by 73 runs

Reported by the London & Country Journal dated Tuesday 22 July.

c.21 July (M) Kent v London [1] Sevenoaks Vine drawn (rain)

Kent scored 71 & 130; London scored 98 and 30-3. Rain halted play "for some time". The report mentions the return match below.

c.28 July (M) London v Kent [1] Artillery Ground result unknown

This return game is not mentioned by other sources.

8 September (M) Bucks, Berks & Herts v London [1] Uxbridge Moor London won

London won "with great difficulty". The report mentions the return fixture below.

15 September (M) London v Bucks, Berks & Herts [1] Artillery Ground result unknown

As the source says: "no notice of second match".


  1. ^ a b c d e f g H T Waghorn, Cricket Scores, Notes, etc. (1730-1773), Blackwood, 1899
  2. ^ 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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