1793 English cricket season
The secondary sources are sometimes confusing on the subject of the Oldfield Cricket Club at Bray, near Maidenhead in Berkshire. The team featured in several major matches during the late 18th century and was a top-class side at this time as it had a high playing standard and numerous recognised players. The team is sometimes referred to as the Oldfield Club or as Maidenhead, but the Oldfield Club presented itself as representative of Berkshire in the same way as Hornchurch/Essex and Brighton/Sussex, so its team might be styled Berkshire.
|13–14 May (M-Tu)||Old Etonians v Old Westminster||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB146||Eton won by 34 runs|
|22 & 23 May (W-Th)||MCC v Middlesex||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB146||MCC won by 54 runs|
|30–31 May (Th-F)||Essex v MCC||Langton Park, Hornchurch||SB147||MCC won by innings & 10 runs|
|6–7 June (Th-F)||MCC v Essex||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB148||Essex won by 2 wkts|
|12–14 June (W-F)||All-England v Surrey & Sussex||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB132||S&S won by innings & 29 runs|
In the ACS Guide, this match is shown as taking place in 1793 after references in WDC and Britcher; but S&B and Bentley both have it played in 1792 as quoted in MCC records. It is a case of one source’s word against another’s but the clincher seems to be a report of the game in The Sportsman magazine which did not start publication until Oct 1792.
|17–18 June (M-Tu)||MCC v Essex||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB149||Essex won by 3 wkts|
|20–21 June (Th-F)||MCC v Kent||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB149||MCC won by 10 wkts|
|24–26 June (M-W)||MCC v Berkshire||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB150||Berkshire won by 119 runs|
S&B calls this game MCC v The Oldfield Club but Oldfield was representative of Berkshire in the same way as Hornchurch/Essex and Brighton/Sussex. ACS Guide says the game should be called MCC v Maidenhead yet in several other fixtures they use Oldfield. The Oldfield club played at Oldfield Bray, near Maidenhead. Berkshire had a high standard in the late C18.
|27 June (Th)||(West) Kent v Essex||Gravesend||SB153||West Kent won by 128 runs|
The so-called Kent v Essex game reported in SB153 was a minor fixture. The Kent side was probably a local club or, as Haygarth himself calls it, a "scratch" team.
|27–28 June (Th-F)||Kent v MCC||Dartford Brent||SB151||Kent won by 8 wkts|
|28–29 June (F-S)||Kent v MCC||Dartford Brent||SB151||MCC won by 73 runs|
The game was quickly arranged when the previous one finished and started on 28 June.
|1–3 July (M-W)||Earl of Winchilsea v G Louch||Lord's (Dorset Square)||SB152||Winchilsea's XI won by 3 runs|
|12-13, won by 15 July (F-M)||All-England v Surrey ^||Windmill Down||SB154||Surrey won by 15 runs|
|15 July (M)||Assheton Smith v Earl of Winchilsea||Perriam Down||SB155||Winchilsea's XI won by 3 wkts|
The Assheton Smith v Earl of Winchilsea game in Wiltshire on 15 July is in both SB155 and the ACS list. Apart from Earl of Winchilsea and Assheton Smith themselves, hardly anyone involved was a recognised player and the game is decidedly a minor fixture.
|22–24 July (M-W)||All-England v Surrey ^||Dartford Brent||SB157||Surrey won by 53 runs|
^ S&B and ACS both say the first game was All-England v Surrey though it was played in Hampshire; five of the All-England players were Hampshire men. S&B says the second game was Surrey v Hampshire with given men on each side: i.e., Hammond for Surrey; Boxall, Fennex and Ring for Hampshire (and also Newman of Essex). But ACS differs and calls S&B’s Hampshire an All-England XI. This highlights the difficulty of team names. Five Hampshire players at home are in an All-England team while seven Hampshire players away are in a Hampshire team, according to S&B. According to S&B, the second game was at Lord's but ACS have discovered it was at Dartford Brent.
|25–26 July (Th-F)||Berkshire v MCC||Oldfield Bray||SB157||Berkshire won by 85 runs|
|5-7 Aug (M-W)||All-England v Surrey||Burley-on-the-Hill, Rutland||SB158||All-England won by 7 wkts|
|7-10 Aug (W-S)||R Leigh v Earl of Winchilsea||Burley-on-the-Hill, Rutland||SB159||Winchilsea's XI won by 5 wkts|
|19-20 Aug (M-Tu)||Newman v R Leigh||Navestock, Essex||SB159||Newman's XI won by 37 runs|
Navestock is near Brentwood. It was the home ground of the original Essex Cricket Club but this was nothing to do with the later Essex CCC.
|29-31 Aug (Th-S)||Sussex v Kent||Brighton||WDC||Kent won|
Mr Waghorn found only bare details of this game and has recorded "a grand match of cricket between 9 of Kent with Ring and Beldham, against 9 of Essex (sic) with Scott (i.e., of Hambledon) and another, for 500 guineas, played at Brighton, which ended in favour of Kent". It is curious that Kent and Essex should play at Brighton and it is assumed that the source wrote Essex instead of Sussex.
- Henry Tufton
- John Tufton
- J Hampton (Surrey) – played 52 matches to 1816
- E G Morant (MCC; amateur) – played three matches to 1795
- Carter (Berkshire cricketer) (Berkshire/Middlesex) – played four matches to 1795
- Robert Walpole (cricketer) (MCC; amateur) – played four matches to 1794
- Luck (Kent cricketer) (Kent) – played three matches to 1793
- Harry Bridger aka Jones (Middlesex) – played 5 matches from 1793 to 1796
- Zachariah Button (MCC; amateur) – played two matches to 1796
Note that many scorecards in the 18th century are unknown or have missing details and so it is impossible to provide a complete analysis of batting performances: e.g., the missing not outs prevent computation of batting averages. The "runs scored" are in fact the runs known.
The other leading batsmen were Beldham with 383 runs; Earl of Winchilsea 316; Joey Ring270; George Louch 211; Henry Fitzroy 197; Andrew Freemantle 178; Harry Walker 165; Charles Cumberland 155; John Wells 155; James Aylward 153; William Bullen 146
Note that the wickets credited to an 18th-century bowler were only those where he bowled the batsman out. The bowler was not credited with the wickets of batsmen who were caught out, even if it was "caught and bowled". In addition, the runs conceded by each bowler were not recorded so no analyses or averages can be computed.
Thomas Boxall with 44 wickets was the outstanding bowler of the 1793 season
Note that many scorecards in the 18th century are unknown or have missing details and so the totals are of the known catches and stumpings only. Stumpings were not always recorded as such and sometimes the name of the wicket-keeper was not given. Generally, a catch was given the same status as "bowled" with credit being awarded to the fielder only and not the bowler. There is never a record of "caught and bowled": the bowler would be credited with the catch, not with the wicket.
^ Note that there were 7 catches credited to Walker and 4 catches to Wells where it is not known which of the three Walker brothers took the catch or which of the two Wells brothers took the catch.
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