1767 English cricket season
The 1767 cricket season was the 170th in England since the earliest known definite reference to cricket in January 1597 (i.e., Old Style – 1598 New Style). Details have survived of eight important matches. There are reports that Hambledon's success continued and the team staged some remarkable batting performances, but little is known of them.
There was an interesting report concerning the "Laws of Cricket" in the Reading Mercury dated Monday, 8 June, which states: "The Articles of the Game of Cricket as settled in the year 1744 by the Society of Noblemen & Gentlemen at the Star & Garter in Pall Mall, may be had at the Printing Office in reading or of the newsmen, neatly printed on a whole sheet of fine writing paper, price only 3d, or on a pasteboard bordered with marble paper, price 6d".
The "Society of Noblemen & Gentlemen" may well have been the name of the organisation that ran cricket and other sports. It was essentially a social club with sporting interests. They have been loosely referred to as the "London Club" but that was surely a cricketing enterprise based at the Artillery Ground that they backed, as they also formed and subsidised the Jockey Club, and subsequently both the White Conduit Club and MCC.
|6 July (M)||Greenwich v London ||Blackheath||London won by 2 runs|||
Afterwards, an elegant dinner was provided at the Assembly Rooms.
|4 August (Tu)||Hampshire v Sussex ||Broadhalfpenny Down||Hampshire won|||
No details are known other than the outcome, which was given in the Reading Mercury of Mon 10 August.
There is a report of a second Hampshire v Sussex game on Sat 8 August, also won by Hampshire, but this may be a duplicate of the above as it is not recorded elsewhere.
|c.5 August (W)||Bourne v Surrey ||Bishopsbourne Paddock||result unknown|
This was announced in the Kentish Weekly Post on 5 August. Bourne Club (Sir Horace Mann's team) had four given men so may have had a very useful side. The announcement says: Wickets to be pitched at 10 so the match may be played out that day (sic) on account of the Assizes. It is not known what date that day was, unfortunately. The Surrey team was probably Mr Henry Rowett’s Caterham Club.
Mon 17 August. There was a fives game on Richmond Green between Richmond and Brentford. King George III was present and ordered dinner for the players at The Feathers in Richmond. He also awarded a guinea each to the winners and half a guinea each to the losers.
|23 September (W)||Richmond v Kingston ||Richmond Green||Kingston won by 2 wkts|||
Richmond scored 70 & 55; Kingston replied with 71 and 55-8.
|c.21 September (M)||Caterham v Hambledon ||Duppas Hill, Croydon||Hambledon won by 262 runs|||
A very large margin for the times and Hambledon reportedly had a partnership of 192 which was described in a contemporary report as the greatest thing ever known. This is the earliest known century partnership. The game was played for 200 guineas.
|28 & 29 September (M-Tu)||Hambledon v Caterham ||Broadhalfpenny Down||Hambledon won by 224 runs|||
Another huge margin of victory but no details have survived.
|14 October (W)||Caterham v Hambledon ||Caterham Common||Caterham won|||
This was played for £100 and, surprisingly, given the results of the two previous games, was won by Caterham.
Clubs and teams
- Edward "Curry" Aburrow (Hampshire)
- Sir Horatio Mann, 2nd Baronet (Kent)
- Henry Rowett (Caterham/Surrey)
- Tom Sueter (Hampshire)
- 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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