1749 English cricket season
The 1749 cricket season was the 152nd in England since the earliest known definite reference to cricket in January 1597 (i.e., Old Style – 1598 New Style). Details have survived of five important eleven-a-side and three single wicket matches. The popularity of single wicket may have waned as there is a greater proportion of eleven-a-side games in the season's surviving reports.
|29 May (M)||London & Bromley v Addington||Artillery Ground||result unknown|||
No details reported.
|? June||Hastings v Pevensey||venue unknown||result unknown|||
Hardly any details are known but it was apparently played for a hundred guineas.
|2 & 3 June (F-S)||All-England v Surrey||Dartford Brent||Surrey won by 2 wickets|||
All-England scored 89 and 42; Surrey replied with 73 and 59-8. No individual performances are known.
All-England had Durling of Addington (in Surrey) as a given man; Surrey had James and John Bryant as given men. The Bryants were natives of Bromley in Kent. John Frame was associated with Dartford but was actually born in Surrey, at Warlingham in 1733.
It is not known which of "Little" or "Tall" Bennett played for Surrey.
|5 June (M)||All-England v Surrey||Artillery Ground||drawn|||
All-England scored 71 and 47. Surrey scored 89 in their first innings but bad light prevented them chasing their target of 30. Presumably the match had to be finished (or left unfinished) on the one day. No individual performances are known. The two teams were unchanged from the match on 2 & 3 June.
|21 June (W)||London v Richmond & Ripley||Artillery Ground||result unknown|||
No details reported.
|26 June (M)||Long Robin's XI v Stephen Dingate's XI||Artillery Ground||result unknown|||
The game was arranged by the members of the London Cricket Club and played for a hundred guineas a side. William Hodsoll was due to play for one side or the other but had to withdraw. We do not know who replaced him.
Long Robin's XI: Robert Colchin, John Bryant, John Mansfield, James Bryant, John Bell, Robert Eures, Val Romney, Durling, John Colchin, John Bowra, John Larkin.
|14 August (M)||London v Bearsted (Kent)||Artillery Ground||London won "with great ease"|||
London won "with great ease". It was stated that Bearsted was the best team in Kent, having beaten all other parishes in their neighbourhood.
|28 August (M)||Long Robin's XI v Tom Faulkner's XI||Artillery Ground||result unknown|||
The game was arranged by the members of the London Cricket Club and played for sixty guineas a side, the wickets being pitched at one o'clock.
Long Robin's XI: Robert Colchin, John Bryant, James Bryant, John Colchin, Joseph Hitches, George Carter, T. Southam, "Tall" Bennett and "three gentlemen".
Tom Faulkner's XI: Tom Faulkner, John Mansfield, Robert Eures, William Anderson, John Capon, Perry, "Little" Bennett, Robinson and "three gentlemen".
Ashley-Cooper stated that the Perry who played in this match was the same man who played in the earliest known single wicket match, against Piper of Hampton, in August 1726. Given the gap of 23 years, it is unlikely to have been the same man but could have been a relative.
Monday, 10 July. Five of All-England defeated Five of Addington at the Artillery Ground. The match was played for fifty guineas a side and was the result of a challenge by the Addington players to meet any other five in England. Betting was 8-1 in favour of Addington.
Monday, 17 July. In a return match, the same Addington five beat the same All-England five for fifty guineas.
Wednesday, 26 July. In a deciding match, All-England won by 2 runs. They scored 11 and 12; Addington replied with 16 and 5. The prize this time was 100 guineas. All-England made two changes to their team with James Bryant and Val Romney replacing John Bell and Thomas Waymark. Addington's five were unchanged.
Friday, 18 August. Tom Faulkner's Six defeated Long Robin's Six at the Artillery Ground. Played for fifty guineas a side. Faulkner's Six: Tom Faulkner, T. Southam, Joseph Hitches, George Carter and "two gentlemen". Colchin's Six: Robert Colchin, George Smith, William Anderson, Robinson and "two gentlemen".
Monday, 21 August. Tom Faulkner's Six defeated Long Robin's Six at the Artillery Ground. The teams were the same as for the match above; the stake was unrecorded.
A game at White Conduit Fields on Wednesday, 2 August involving 22 "gentlemen of the City of London". The report states that the venue was in use before 1720 but that the White Conduit Club was not established until c.1780. On the site was the White Conduit Tavern, erected in about 1648, and this was a "favourite halting-place for those who had walked out a short distance from London". In 1749, the Tavern was owned by William Curnock and shortly afterwards by Robert Bartholomew, the Surrey cricketer.
Tuesday, 29 August. Portsmouth versus Fareham & Titchfield on Portsmouth Common. The Portsmouth team, which was described as "those living on the Common", won by great odds.
Clubs and teams
- John Frame (Surrey/Dartford/Kent)
- Joseph Hitches (Colchin's XI)
- Humphreys (Surrey)
- Perry (London/Surrey)
- Robinson (Faulkner's XI)
- T. Southam (Colchin's XI)
- First-class cricket was officially defined in May 1894 by a meeting at Lord's of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the county clubs which were then competing in the County Championship. The ruling was effective from the beginning of the 1895 season. Pre-1895 matches of the same standard have no official definition of status because the ruling is not retrospective and the important matches designation, as applied to a given match, is based on the views of one or more substantial historical sources. For further information, see First-class cricket, Forms of cricket and History of cricket.
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