1748 English cricket season

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1748 English cricket season
Cricket formats first-class and single wicket

In the 1748 English cricket season, single wicket games, "threes" and "fives" were the vogue and have perhaps never been so popular before or since.


Date Match Title Venue Result
10 June (F) Kent v All-England [1] Dartford Brent Kent won by 11 runs

It was esteemed all of a curious match, the odds being two to one on each side playing.

13 June (M) All-England v Kent [1] Artillery Ground Kent won

No details are known other than that Kent won and play commenced at two o’clock.

14 June (Tu) Lambeth v London [2] Peckham Rye Common London won

There was a brief report in the Whitehall Evening Post on Thursday 16 June.

18 July (M) London v Croydon [3] Artillery Ground result unknown

Wickets to be pitched at 2 o’clock.

15 August (M) London v Deptford & Greenwich [3] Artillery Ground result unknown

Robert Colchin played as a given man for London; Tom Faulkner as a given man for Deptford & Greenwich.

23 August (Tu) Deptford & Greenwich v London [3] Deptford result unknown

The venue was reported as Mr Siddle’s new cricket-ground at Deptford.

Other events[edit]

George Smith, keeper of the Artillery Ground and landlord of the adjoining Pyed Horse in Chiswell Street, declared bankruptcy. Evidently his pricing problems of recent years did have some basis in needing to balance the books after all. A number of notices appeared in the press during the first six months of 1748 but Smith eventually resolved his problems, perhaps through the sale of other property, and was able to retain control of the Artillery Ground until 1752.[2]

In 1748, an action of Jeffreys v Parsons was heard before the King’s Bench. The case concerned wagers that were almost certainly made on the above two Kent v All-England games, with Jeffreys claiming 25 guineas won from Parsons on each game. The parties came to an out of court agreement after the case was held over.[1]

Monday 6 June. A "fives" game between Addington and The Rest, excluding Kent. Addington’s players were Tom Faulkner, Joe Harris, John Harris, George Jackson and the shoemaker that lately came out of Kent! Their opponents were Stephen Dingate, Little Bennett, Maynard, Collins and Thomas Waymark.[2]

June (date unknown). Tom Faulkner beat Robert Colchin at single wicket by one wicket. Colchin scored 40 and 5; Faulkner scored 45 and 1*. It was played sometime in June on Bromley Common.[1]

Fri 24 June. Three servants of the Duke of Richmond played Three of London at the Artillery Ground. The result is unknown but the match started quite late at four o’clock. Richmond’s team was Stephen Dingate, Joseph Budd and Pye; London’s three were Little Bennett, Tall Bennett and William Anderson. Reported in the London Evening Post on Sat 25 June.[1]

Sat 25 June. A return single-wicket match between Robert Colchin and Tom Faulkner on Addington Hill. This time Colchin won by 2 runs. He made 7 and 12; Faulkner replied with 11 and 6.[2]

Mon 4 July. A third game between Colchin and Faulkner, “each having previously won one”, on the Artillery Ground. Unfortunately, there are no match details this time.[1]

Mon 4 July. Also on the Artillery Ground, Thomas Waymark and Darville played as Two of Berkshire against "Little Bennett" and George Smith of London. George Smith was allowed an unnamed substitute in the field. Waymark and Darville won. Darville was the owner of Bray Mills, where Waymark worked at this time. George Smith, evidently having resolved his financial problems, was still the landlord of the famous Py’d Horse and keeper of the Artillery Ground.[1]

Wed 6 July. A "fives" match on the Artillery Ground: Tom Faulkner’s Side beat Stephen Dingate’s Side by one wicket. Two runs were required when the last man went in. The teams were: Tom Faulkner, Joseph Harris, William Anderson, "Little" Bennett and "Tall" Bennett versus Stephen Dingate, Joseph Budd, Pye, James Bryant and John Bryant.[1]

Wed 13 July & Fri 15 July. The same two teams of "fives" met again on the Artillery Ground. Play was interrupted by rain on the Wednesday after one side had completed its first innings, scoring 13. The match continued on the Friday. No further details are known but, as an apparent "decider" was played on Wed 27 July, perhaps Dingate’s team won this one.[1]

Wed 27 July. Another "fives" game between Tom Faulkner and Stephen Dingate on the Artillery Ground. Faulkner won. This match may have been a decider; in which case Dingate must have won the second match on Fri 15 July. The teams were not the same as before: Stephen Dingate, Richard Newland, Joseph Budd, Maynard (of Surrey) and "Little" Bennett versus Tom Faulkner, Joseph Harris, Durling (of Addington), James and John Bryant.[1]

Thurs 4 August. There was a game somewhere in Kent between teams representing the Hills and the Dales of the county. This sounds like a similar idea to the early match at Chevening in the year 1610; and may have been commemorative.[3]

Mon 8 August. Tom Faulkner and Joseph Harris played Robert Colchin and Val Romney at "twos" in the Artillery Ground for twenty guineas a side. Result unknown. Immediately afterwards, there was return of the Waymark/Darville versus Bennett/Smith game, with Smith again allowed a substitute fielder.[1]

Sat 20 August. A "fives" game in the Artillery Ground. The teams were: Robert and John Colchin, James and John Bryant and Robert Lascoe versus Joseph Harris, Maynard, John Capon, William Anderson and Walker.[1]

Mon 22 August. A "fives" game in the Artillery Ground for 20 guineas a side: Five of Berkshire (Waymark, Darville and three others) versus Five of London (William Anderson, "Little" and "Tall" Bennett, John Capon and George Carter). London won.[2]

Mon 29 August. A "fives" game at the Artillery Ground in which Tom Faulkner’s Side defeated Long Robin’s Side by four runs. The prize was 200 pounds. Val Romney was badly injured and could not run but, the rules being play or pay, he was obliged to play as well as he could. Teams were Tom Faulkner, Joseph Harris, James Bryant, John Bryant and Durling versus Robert Colchin, Val Romney, John Larkin, Jones and Maynard.[1]

Mon 5 September. Three of England versus Five of Berkshire played for 20 guineas in the Artillery Ground. The teams were Robert Colchin, Tom Faulkner and George Smith versus Thomas Waymark and four others of Berkshire. George Smith was not allowed a substitute as in previous games and had to do his share of the fielding. Result unknown.[1]

Fri 16 September. Robert Colchin and Thomas Waymark defeated Tom Faulkner and Joseph Harris in the Artillery Ground. It was announced beforehand that in case of rain, there is good shelter for the spectators. Apparently the match gave such great satisfaction that an immediate return was arranged. Colchin & Waymark scored 10 and 17 against 0 and 15. In their first innings, Faulkner and Harris were both bowled second ball. Details were reported in the London Evening Post on Sat 17 September.[1]

Sat 17 September. In the return of the previous day’s "twos" match, Colchin and Waymark again defeated Faulkner and Joe Harris. The prize was fifty guineas.[1]

Fri 23 September. A "threes" game played in the Artillery Ground for a considerable sum: Robert Colchin, Thomas Waymark and Maynard versus Tom Faulkner, Joseph Harris and John Bryant. Result unknown.[1]

First mentions[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q F S Ashley-Cooper, At the Sign of the Wicket: Cricket 1742-1751, Cricket Magazine, 1900
  2. ^ a b c d e G B Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, Cotterell, 1935
  3. ^ a b c d H T Waghorn, The Dawn of Cricket, Electric Press, 1906


  • 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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