1746 English cricket season

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1746 English cricket season
Cricket formats first-class and single wicket

The 1745 Rebellion was effectively over by the time the 1746 English cricket season got under way, the Battle of Culloden having been fought on 16 April.

Matches[edit]

Date Match Title Venue Result
12 May (M) Bromley v Addington[1] Bromley Common Addington won

Addington won "with great difficulty": On Monday next they play their second match at Mr Smith’s, Pyd-Horse (a reference to the pub adjacent to the Artillery Ground).

19 May (M) Addington v Bromley [2] Artillery Ground result unknown

This is the return match referred to above. No match details were reported.

9 June (M) Addington & Lingfield v Surrey & London[3] Artillery Ground A&L won

A Kent man assisted Surrey & London as a given man.

The match was reported in the General London Evening Mercury as "Middlesex v Surrey" but the above title seems to be more accurate. Addington & Lingfield (aka Middlesex) won by a considerable number of notches.

23 June (M) Kent v Surrey [4] Artillery Ground result unknown

The Kent team consisted entirely of players from Bromley, Bexley and Eltham.

2 July (W) London v Westminster [2] Artillery Ground result unknown

No information is known.

7 July (M) Kent & Surrey v Addington & Bromley [2] Duppas Hill, Croydon Kent & Surrey won by 4 runs

The crowd was reported as nearly ten thousand. Kipps of Eltham, the well-known wicketkeeper, played as a given man for Addington & Bromley. The title of the fixture indicates the strength of the Addington and Bromley clubs at this time.

The London Evening Post on Thurs 3 July announced: No person allowed to bring any liquour that don’t (sic) live in the parish.

14 July (M) Addington & Bromley v Kent & Surrey [2] Artillery Ground result unknown

This was a return fixture. Kipps of Eltham again played as a given man for Addington & Bromley.

30 July (W) London v Edmonton [2] Artillery Ground result unknown

No information is known.

2 August (S) Kent v All-England [4] Bromley Common result unknown

Originally scheduled for the previous day but postponed because it was impossible for the noblemen and gentlemen to be present on the Friday.

4 August (M) All-England v Kent [4] Artillery Ground All-England won

No details known beyond the result.

25 August (M) London v Edmonton [4] Artillery Ground result unknown

No information is known. The game was evidently a return to the one on 30 July.

1 September (M) London & Chislehurst v Addington [4] Artillery Ground result unknown

Played for fifty pounds and started at one o'clock but no other information is known.

Other events[edit]

Mon 21 July. There was a four-a-side match at the Artillery Ground between Four Millers of Bray Mills in Berkshire and Four Best Players of Addington. It was played for fifty pounds but the result is unknown. Thomas Waymark was by this time employed at Bray Mills and so he was probably involved.[2]

Wed 6 August. A three-a-side game in the Artillery Ground involving six players esteemed the best in England. The teams were Long Robin’s Side including Robert Colchin, John Bryant (both Bromley) and Joseph Harris (Addington) versus Stephen Dingate (Surrey), Val Romney (Sevenoaks) and Richard Newland (Slindon). Stephen Dingate’s side won the match.[4] Hundreds of pounds were lost and won over the game.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ H T Waghorn, Cricket Scores, Notes, etc. (1730-1773), Blackwood, 1899
  2. ^ a b c d e f g F S Ashley-Cooper, At the Sign of the Wicket: Cricket 1742-1751, Cricket Magazine, 1900
  3. ^ G B Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, Cotterell, 1935
  4. ^ a b c d e f H T Waghorn, The Dawn of Cricket, Electric Press, 1906

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ashley-Cooper, F. S. (1900). At the Sign of the Wicket: Cricket 1742–1751. Cricket magazine. 
  • 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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