1755 English cricket season
The 1755 cricket season was the 158th in England since the earliest known definite reference to cricket in January 1597 (i.e., Old Style – 1598 New Style). Details have survived of three important eleven-a-side and two single wicket matches. A Cambridge University team played matches against Eton College.
|3 June (Tu)||Cambridge University v Eton ||Cambridge||Cambridge University won|||
Cricket at Cambridge University was first mentioned in 1710.
|5 June (Th)||Cambridge University v Eton ||Cambridge||Cambridge University won|||
These are the first matches we know of that were played by a team representing the University. It is not clear if the Eton team was past or present pupils or both. From a comment made by the Public Advertiser, it would seem that the teams met in 1754 also and that Eton won.
|10 July (Th)||Hampton v Kingston ||Hampton Court Green||Hampton won by 3 wkts|
Kingston scored 95 and 50; Hampton scored 72 and 65-7. Play was delayed for an hour by rain after Hampton’s first innings ended. Odds were a guinea to a crown on the Kingston side and at last as much on the Court side!
|21 July (M)||London v Waltham ||Artillery Ground||result unknown|||
The game was pre-announced by the Daily Advertiser on Sat 19 July.
|8 August (F)||London v Surrey & Middlesex ||Artillery Ground||London won by 20 runs|||
The match was described as "so long depending" which suggests it may have been postponed. Only the result and venue are known. Tom Faulkner, Joe Harris and John Frame all played for London as given men.
Thursday, 26 June. A "fives" match on Kennington Common in which the London Cricket Club defeated Windsor & Eton by 8 runs. London scored 13 and 22; Windsor & Eton scored 11 and 16. London’s team was Perry, Little Bennett and Tall Bennett, Capon and Clowder.
The Daily Advertiser announced on Thursday, 12 June that on Monday next, 16 June, the Duke of Cumberland (aka the Butcher) would review Lt. Gen. Cholmondeley’s Regiment of Dragoons upon Datchet Common, Bucks. After the review a cricket match was to be played for a considerable sum of money.
Clubs and teams
- 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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