Manchester Cricket Club

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Manchester Cricket Club was founded in 1816 in Manchester, England and was a forerunner of the modern Lancashire County Cricket Club, founded in 1864. Manchester played first-class cricket from 1844 to 1858.

History[edit]

Cricket may not have reached Lancashire until the 18th century. The earliest known reference to cricket being played in Lancashire is in 1781.[1] In 1816, Manchester Cricket Club was founded and soon became representative of Lancashire as a county in the same way that Sheffield Cricket Club and Nottingham Cricket Club represented Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.

Manchester played mostly against opponents from the north of England. Of these, thirteen that were played between July 1844 and September 1858 are regarded as having first-class status: ten against Sheffield, who in three of these games were called Yorkshire; and one apiece against Surrey, Sussex and MCC. On 23, 24 & 25 July 1849, the Sheffield and Manchester clubs played each other at Hyde Park Ground, Sheffield but the fixture was called Yorkshire versus Lancashire. As such, it was the first match to involve a Lancashire county team and also, therefore, the first "Roses Match". Yorkshire won by 5 wickets.

A noted Manchester player was John Sherman. On 27 July 1852, he made his final first-class appearance for Manchester versus Sheffield at the Hyde Park Ground in Sheffield. His career had spanned 44 seasons from his debut at Lord's Old Ground on 20 September 1809 when he played for Beauclerk's XI versus Ladbroke's XI. His was the longest first-class career span, equalled only by W. G. Grace.

In 1857, the Manchester Cricket Club moved to the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester and this has been the main home of Lancashire cricket ever since. Lancashire County Cricket Club was formed on 12 January 1864 at a meeting of thirteen Lancashire cricket clubs in Manchester. In 1865, Lancashire CCC joined the County Championship and played its initial first-class match versus Middlesex at Old Trafford on 20, 21 & 22 July.

For the history of Lancashire cricket since the foundation of the current county club, see : Lancashire County Cricket Club

First-class matches[edit]

The following is a list of matches played by Manchester, sometimes under the title of Lancashire (i.e., pre-county club), which are recognised by CricketArchive as first-class fixtures:[2][3]

date match title venue
4 July 1844 Manchester v Yorkshire Moss Lane, Manchester
3 July 1845 Manchester v Yorkshire Moss Lane, Manchester
28 August 1845 Manchester v Yorkshire Moss Lane, Manchester
29 June 1846 Sheffield v Manchester Hyde Park Ground, Sheffield
29 July 1846 Manchester v Sheffield Moss Lane, Manchester
8 June 1848 Manchester v Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Manchester
10 July 1848 Sheffield v Manchester Hyde Park Ground, Sheffield
23 July 1849 Yorkshire v Lancashire Hyde Park Ground, Sheffield
2 August 1849 Lancashire v Yorkshire Botanical Gardens, Manchester
28 July 1851 Yorkshire v Lancashire Hyde Park Ground, Sheffield
21 August 1851 Lancashire v Yorkshire Botanical Gardens, Manchester
24 May 1852 MCC v Manchester Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood
16 July 1852 Manchester v Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Manchester
26 July 1852 Sheffield v Manchester Hyde Park Ground, Sheffield
20 July 1854 Manchester v Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Manchester
3 Sept 1857 Manchester v Surrey G. P. Codie's Ground, Eccles
2 Sept 1858 Manchester v Sussex G. P. Codie's Ground, Eccles

Records (first-class matches only)[edit]

Reference section[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowen, p.266.
  2. ^ "First-class matches played by Lancashire (pre-county club)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "First-class matches played by Manchester". CricketArchive. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 

Sources[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Buckley, G. B. (1937). Fresh Light on Pre-Victorian Cricket. Cotterell. 
  • Haygarth, Arthur (1862–70). Scores & Biographies, Volumes 1-8 (1744–1864). Lillywhite.