1758 English cricket season

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1758 English cricket season
Cricket formats major, including single wicket

Only one major match has been found among reports of the 1758 English cricket season. The reduction in matches was due to the Seven Years' War.

Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket records a number of parish games: e.g., Saffron Walden v Cambridge; Faversham v Tenterden; Faversham v Dover; New Romney v Ashford. The presence of these and the absence of "great matches" indicates the lack of investment and resource in the game during wartime with the sport falling back onto its parish roots.[1]

Cricket Scores 1730 - 1773 records a "fives" game on Kennington Common in August. Tom Faulkner, one of the Harrises and three more of the London Cricket Club defeated five players from various Surrey clubs by three wickets.[2]


Date Match Title Venue Result
16 & 17 August (W-Th) London & Surrey v Kent [1] Artillery Ground? London & Surrey won

The venue is uncertain and it is possible a return game took place at any of about five venues but the report in the General Evening Post (three weeks later) is very ambiguous.


  1. ^ a b G B Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, Cotterell, 1935
  2. ^ H T Waghorn, Cricket Scores, Notes, etc. (1730-1773), Blackwood, 1899


  • 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. 
  • Maun, Ian (2011). From Commons to Lord's, Volume Two: 1751 to 1770. Martin Wilson. ISBN 978-0-9569066-0-1. 
  • Mote, Ashley (1997). The Glory Days of Cricket. Robson. 
  • Underdown, David (2000). Start of Play. Allen Lane. 

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