Brighton Cricket Club

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Brighton Cricket Club was based at Brighton, Sussex and was briefly a major cricket team, playing four known first-class matches in the 1792 season, at which time it was representative of Sussex as a county.[1]

Cricket in Sussex saw a revival during the Regency period that coincided with the rise of Brighton as a fashionable resort. The club had been founded by 1790 when it was recorded playing in four minor matches against other town clubs.[2] In 1791, the Prince of Wales Ground became a first-class venue when Sussex played Middlesex.

Brighton played at the Prince of Wales Ground initially. As the towns of Brighton and Hove developed, the land was sold a few years later and the cricket club moved to a new site in Brighton at Temple Fields, which was where Montpelier Crescent is now. From July 1814, the club occupied the Royal New Ground (also known as Thomas Box's Ground), another Brighton venue, which was used for 49 major matches until September 1847 and was the county ground of Sussex CCC in its early years.[3]

The Brighton club was often representative of Sussex as a county and it ultimately became one of the main interests in the formation of Sussex County Cricket Club in 1839.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CricketArchive – matchlist. Retrieved on 25 July 2009.
  2. ^ Classification of cricket matches from 1697 to 1825. Retrieved on 25 July 2009.
  3. ^ CricketArchive – ground profile. Retrieved on 25 July 2009.

Brighton and Hove Cricket Club maintained close connections to Brighton Cricket Club prior to the later becoming Sussex County Cricket Club.

During the 1970s and 1980s up to the present day a number of cricket professionals having played for Brighton and Hove have gone onto to play for Sussex, Middlesex, Surry and other counties and country's most notably England, Parkistan and South Africa.

The brothers Wells Colin and Alan played for Brighton and Hove Cricket Club before Alan represented England against the West Indies and Colin (Sussex), also brothers Willows Alan represented Sussex and Roly Middlesex during the 1970s and 1980s both played for Brighton and Hove along with Tony Graig (England)and Kepler Wessells(Australia and South Africa)along with Andy Dindar (Middlesex)this trend continues to this day with Sussex and other county players representing Brighton and Hove Cricket Club.

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Further reading[edit]

  • G B Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, Cotterell, 1935
  • Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744–1826), Lillywhite, 1862
  • H T Waghorn, The Dawn of Cricket, Electric Press, 1906