1802 English cricket season

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The 1802 English cricket season was impacted by the Napoleonic War. E. H. Budd, who went on to become one of the most famous batsmen of the early 19th century, made his debut in important matches. The main source for the season is Volume 1 of Scores & Biographies.[1]


Cricket was continuing to feel the impact of Great Britain's war against the Napoleonic Empire through a loss of investment which for many years reduced the number of important matches.[1] Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), based at Lord's (Dorset Square) continued to play the leading role in the sport. Several matches took place involving the more prominent "town clubs" such as Homerton, Montpelier, Richmond and Woolwich.

A "recent discovery" by the ACS is the match at Lord's on 8 June between Charles Lennox's XI and George Leycester's XI.[2][3][4]


1802 debutants included:

Leading players[edit]

Scorecards created in the first quarter of the 19th century are not necessarily accurate or complete; therefore any summary of runs, wickets or catches can only represent the known totals and computation of averages is ineffectual. According to the surviving sources, the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker was Lord Frederick Beauclerk.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Haygarth, Arthur (1862). Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744–1826). Lillywhite. p. 293–303. 
  2. ^ ACS (2006). The Cricket Statistician. Nottingham: ACS. 
  3. ^ Britcher, Samuel (1803). A list of all the principal Matches of Cricket that have been played (1790 to 1805). MCC. p. 4. 
  4. ^ Lennox v Leycester scorecard at ESPNcricinfo


  • ACS (1981). A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS. 
  • Britcher, Samuel (1802). A list of all the principal Matches of Cricket that have been played (1790 to 1805). MCC. 
  • Haygarth, Arthur (1862). Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744–1826). Lillywhite. 

Additional 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. 

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