1825 English cricket season

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1825 English cricket season

1825 was the 39th season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The pavilion at Lord's was destroyed by fire. Many irreplaceable documents which recorded early cricket matches are believed to have been lost. The impact of this upon cricket's history is that it is only since 1825 that surviving records can be viewed with anything like complete confidence. Inter-county matches are recorded for the first time since 1796. Two of the greatest players of the 19th century, William Lillywhite and Ned Wenman, made their first known appearances in important matches.

Important matches[edit]

The following matches are classified as important:[fc 1]

date match title venue result source
23 May (M) Cambridge University v Cambridge Town Club University Ground, Cambridge University won by 109 runs [1][2]
13–14 June (M–Tu) Sussex v Kent Royal New Ground, Brighton Sussex won by 243 runs [3][2]

The first inter-county match to be played since 1796.

16 June (Th) Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) v Godalming Lord's Cricket Ground (Lord's), Marylebone MCC won by 86 runs [4][2]
23 June (Th) Godalming v MCC The Burys, Godalming Godalming won by an innings & 139 runs [5][2]
27 June (M) Hampshire v Godalming Bramshill Park, Hampshire unfinished [6][2]
27–28 June (M–Tu) Kent v Sussex Hawkhurst Moor Kent won by 16 runs [6][2]
4–7 July (M–Th) Gentlemen XVI v Players XI Lord's Gentlemen won by 72 runs [7][2]
11 July (M) All-England v The Bs Lord's All-England won by 134 runs [7][2]
18 July (M) Godalming v Hampshire The Burys Godalming won by 202 runs [8][2]
8–9 August (M–Tu) Sussex v Hampshire Petworth Park Sussex won by 177 runs [9][2]
15 August (M) Hampshire v Sussex Bramshill Park Hampshire won by 72 runs [10][2]
5 September (M) Sheffield v Leicester Darnall New Ground, Sheffield Leicester won by 10 wickets [11]
12 September (M) Bury St Edmunds v Nottingham Rougham Park, Bury St Edmunds Bury St Edmunds won by 33 runs [12]

NB: the whole season record in S&B and other sources needs to be reviewed for matches not included above.

Best individual performances[edit]

In terms of known data, Jem Broadbridge was the outstanding player of the season as he scored the most runs and took the most wickets.[fc 2]

  • Most runs – Jem Broadbridge 552 (HS 135)
  • Most wickets – Jem Broadbridge 31 (BB 6–?)

County cricket[edit]

Inter-county cricket was revived for the first time since 1796 with Sussex playing two matches each against Hampshire and Kent, the home team winning every time. Hampshire and Kent did not play each other. Based on the known results, the strongest team was probably Sussex.[fc 3][13]

Other events[edit]

  • On Thursday 28 July, a schools match at Lord's between Harrow and Winchester had just concluded and then, during the night, the pavilion burned down with the consequent loss of valuable scorecards, records and trophies. Thomas Lord claimed he lost £2600 in paid subscriptions, none of which were ever recovered, raising the questions of why it wasn't in the bank and why he apparently wasn't insured.
  • William Ward purchased the lease of Lord's ground from Thomas Lord, who retained freehold. Lord had been proposing to build houses on the land which brought cries of outrage from the gentlemen players. Ward, a rich banker as well as a fine batsman, stepped in and bought the leasehold to save the ground for cricket.

First mentions[edit]

Players first mentioned in the surviving sources include:

(plus others from the Sheffield v Leicester and Bury v Nottingham matches – to be checked)


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Surviving match records to 1825 are incomplete and any statistical compilation of a player's career in that period is based on known data. Match scorecards were not always created, or have been lost, and the matches themselves were not always recorded in the press or other media. Scorecard data was not comprehensive: e.g., bowling analyses lacked balls bowled and runs conceded; bowlers were not credited with wickets when the batsman was caught or stumped; in many matches, the means of dismissal were omitted.
  3. ^ "Champion County" is an unofficial seasonal title proclaimed by media or historians prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship was constituted.


  1. ^ Haygarth, p. 511.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k ACS, Important Matches, p. 33.
  3. ^ Haygarth, p. 514.
  4. ^ Haygarth, p. 515.
  5. ^ Haygarth, p. 516.
  6. ^ a b Haygarth, p. 517.
  7. ^ a b Haygarth, p. 520.
  8. ^ Haygarth, p. 521.
  9. ^ Haygarth, p. 525.
  10. ^ Haygarth, p. 527.
  11. ^ Haygarth, p. 530.
  12. ^ Haygarth, pp. 532–532.
  13. ^ Leach, John (2008). "Champion cricket teams since 1728". Stumpsite. Archived from the original on 29 August 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2016.


  • ACS (1981). A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS.
  • Haygarth, Arthur (1862). Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744–1826). Lillywhite.

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.

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