1777 English cricket season

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1777 English cricket season
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The 1777 English cricket season was the sixth in which matches have been awarded retrospective first-class cricket status. The scorecards of six first-class matches have survived. James Aylward made a record score of 167 runs that stood until 1820.

Matches[edit]

Six first-class match scorecards survive from 1777, all of them involving Hampshire XIs playing England sides.[1][2]

James Aylward made his record score of 167 in the first England v Hampshire match of the season in June. This set a new record for the highest score in first-class cricket, surpassing the score of 136 made by John Small which had been made in 1775.[9] A printed bill reporting the match said that "Aylward went in at 5 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, and was not out till after three on Friday" in making his score.[3] The Hampshire total was 403 runs, with Tom Sueter scoring 46 runs, the second highest score in the innings. The match is known to have been played using three stumps, a voluntary measure which had been first introduced in 1775.[3]

Aylward’s record stood until 1820, when it was beaten by William Ward.[3][9]

Three other matches are known to have been played during the season.[10]

Debutants[edit]

The following players made their first known appearance during the 1777 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians (ACS) (1981) A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS.
  2. ^ Results, English Domestic Season 1777, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  3. ^ a b c d England v Hampshire XI, scorecard, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  4. ^ Hampshire XI v England, scorecard, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  5. ^ England v Hampshire XI, scorecard, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  6. ^ England v Hampshire XI, scorecard, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  7. ^ Hampshire XI v England, scorecard, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  8. ^ England v Hampshire XI, scorecard, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  9. ^ a b Liverman D, Griffiths P (nd) From Minshull to Collins, CricInfo. Retrieved 2019-02-16.
  10. ^ Other matches in England 1777, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2019-02-10.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.
  • Major, John (2007). More Than A Game. HarperCollins.
  • Underdown, David (2000). Start of Play. Allen Lane.