1758 English cricket season
The 1758 cricket season was the 161st in England since the earliest known definite reference to cricket in January 1597 (i.e., Old Style – 1598 New Style). Details have survived of one important eleven-a-side and one single wicket match.
The reduction in the number of matches was perhaps due to the Seven Years' War. Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket records a number of parish games: e.g., Saffron Walden v Cambridge; Faversham v Tenterden; Faversham v Dover; New Romney v Ashford. The presence of these and the absence of "great matches" suggests a lack of investment and resource in the game during wartime with the sport falling back onto its parish roots.
Cricket Scores 1730 – 1773 records a "fives" game on Kennington Common in August. Tom Faulkner, one of the Harrises and three more of the London Cricket Club defeated five players from various Surrey clubs by three wickets.
|16 & 17 August (W-Th)||London & Surrey v Kent ||Artillery Ground?||London & Surrey won|
The venue is uncertain and it is possible a return game took place at any of about five venues but the report in the General Evening Post (three weeks later) is very ambiguous.
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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