1754 English cricket season

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1754 English cricket season
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In the 1754 English cricket season, Dartford was the pre-dominant club.

The Leeds Intelligencer, forerunner of the Yorkshire Post, began publication. It has always been a noted source for cricket in Yorkshire.


Date Match Title Venue Result
1 July (M) London v Dartford [1] Artillery Ground Dartford won by 3 wkts

London made 78 and 50; Dartford replied with 55 and 74-7. The Daily Advertiser on Fri 28 June said: Wickets pitched at Twelve, and to begin play at One.

22 July (M) Surrey v Sussex [2] Guildford result unknown

The match was advertised as: Guildford, Ripley, Thursley and the lower part of Surrey against Bolney, Brighton and the eastern part of Sussex. The stake was 20 guineas a side.

24 August (S) Woolwich v Dartford [1] Barrack Field, Woolwich Dartford won
26 August (M) Dartford v Woolwich [1] Dartford Brent Woolwich won

Both the above two games were mentioned in the same report by Read’s Weekly Journal dated Sat 31 August: Dartford won away & lost at home against Woolwich on Sat. & Mon., 24 & 26 Aug. respectively.

Other events[edit]

Fri 21 & Sat 22 June. Midhurst & Petworth v Slindon on Bowling Green, Lavington Common.[3] The former apparently won by eight wickets and the match seems to mark the swansong of Slindon as a great team as they are not mentioned in the sources thereafter. Sussex cricket as a whole went into decline and, although a number of inter-parish games are reported over the next decade or so, it is not until 1766 that Sussex county cricket teams again take part in a major match. This temporary demise of Sussex is surely explained by the death of the Duke of Richmond in 1750. He was the greatest patron of Sussex cricket, and of Slindon in particular. His co-patron and good friend Sir William Gage, 7th Baronet died in 1744.

The Daily Advertiser on Friday 28 June announced for the same day a two-a-side game behind George Taylor’s at Deptford. The players were Tom Faulkner and Joseph Harris v Capon and Perry.[1]

Tues 24 September. A single wicket game at Brompton in Kent between the well-known Thomas Brandon of Dartford and Parr of Chatham. The stakes were five guineas each and Brandon won by 47 runs.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d G B Buckley, Fresh Light on Pre-Victorian Cricket, Cotterell, 1937
  2. ^ G B Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, Cotterell, 1935
  3. ^ Timothy J McCann, Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century, Sussex Record Society, 2004
  4. ^ 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. 
  • Underdown, David (2000). Start of Play. Allen Lane. 

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