List of early English cricketers to 1786

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This is a list of the earliest known English cricketers whose careers began prior to the foundation of Lord's and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in 1787. The list is by season, this being the season in which the player's name first appears in surviving sources. Although some people like the Dukes of Richmond are remembered primarily as patrons, they were invariably players too and generally captained their own teams.

In the 17th century, the names are those of people known to have been involved in cricket although they might not have held important match status. The town or village given is where their involvement occurred. In the 18th century, more information is available in the sources so it is easier to identify the best players and the clubs or county teams with which they are most usually associated. Enough is known about most players since the 1740s to justify an article. Cricket underwent radical changes during the 18th century. Patronage and popular support enabled it to outgrow its roots as a village pastime and develop into a major sport. In the early 1760s, pitched delivery bowling was introduced and this necessitated the invention of the straight bat: an evolution in bowling and batting techniques that radically changed cricket.

The earliest known scorecards date from 1744 but it was not until 1772 that they began to be completed and, more importantly, preserved on a regular basis. As such, the sport's statistical record begins in 1772 but all matches from 1697 form the more important historical record. Notability is acquired by involvement in matches and events of historical importance, not just in those for which a scorecard happens to exist. This is reflected in the key historical sources used, which are the works of authors like Arthur Haygarth, F. S. Ashley-Cooper, H. T. Waghorn and G. B. Buckley.

Please note that online sources are generally excluded from this work as their coverage of early cricket is incomplete and, in any event, contains numerous errors. The exceptions are a handful of players whose only known mention is in a rarely published scorecard on one of the online sources (e.g., the Dorset's XI v Wrotham match in 1769).

Cricketers[edit]

1598 to 1725[edit]

year name location notes[a][b]
1598 John Derrick Guildford, Surrey RGS old building.jpg
The earliest known mention of cricket was made by John Derrick, who played as a boy when he was a pupil at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford (pictured) some fifty years earlier.[1]
1611 Bartholomew Wyatt Sidlesham, Sussex Both were prosecuted for "breaking the Sabbath" by playing cricket on a Sunday.[2]
Richard Latter
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Oliver Cromwell
London The earliest known reference to cricket in London concerns the future Lord Protector, who played the game there when training at the Inns of Court.[3]
1622 Edward Hartley Boxgrove, Sussex All were prosecuted for "breaking the Sabbath" by playing cricket on a Sunday.[2]
Anthony Ward
Raphe West
Richard Martin senior
Richard Martin junior
Richard Slaughter
Thomas West
William Martin
1624 Jasper Vinall West Hoathly, Sussex Vinall died as the result of an injury during a game, caused by a blow on the head from Tye's bat; he is the sport's earliest known fatality.[4]
Edward Tye
1628 Edward Taylor East Lavant, Sussex Both were prosecuted for "breaking the Sabbath" by playing cricket on a Sunday.[5]
William Greentree
1629 Henry Cuffin Ruckinge, Kent Prosecuted for "breaking the Sabbath" by playing cricket on a Sunday.[6]
1636 Henry Mabbinck West Horsley, Surrey Testified in a tithe dispute that cricket was played in West Horsley.[7]
1646 Samuel Filmer Coxheath, Kent Filmer and Harlackenden played and defeated the other four but had to resort to litigation when their winnings were not paid.[8]
Thomas Harlackenden
Richard Marsh Maidstone, Kent
Robert Sanders
Walter Franklyn
William Cooper
1647 Henry Brand Selsey, Sussex Brand was killed after being struck on the head by Latter's bat during a game.[5]
Thomas Latter
1652 John Rabson Cranbrook, Kent Prosecuted for "breaking the Sabbath" by playing cricket on a Sunday.[9]
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John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough
St Paul's School, London Churchill attended the school as a teenage pupil in the 1660s and is known to have played cricket there. Following Cromwell in 1617, this is the second known reference to cricket in London and both concern young men who became famous generals.[10]
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Sir Robert Paston
Richmond, Surrey In a letter, he mentioned a "cricketting" on Richmond Green.[11]
1671 Edward Bound Shere, Surrey Prosecuted for "breaking the Sabbath" but he was exonerated.[12]
1673 Thomas Salmon University of Oxford In the earliest reference to cricket at Oxford, Salmon is criticised for his love of the game by his rival John Phillips.[13]
1676 Henry Tonge British Mission, Aleppo, Turkey Provided the earliest known record of cricket being played outside England.[14]
1677 Thomas Lennard, 1st Earl of Sussex Herstmonceux, Sussex His personal accounts refer to him receiving £3 when he attended a match.[15]
1694 Sir John Pelham Lewes, Sussex His personal accounts refer to him paying for a wager when he attended a match.[16]
1702 Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt.jpg
Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond
Sussex The sport's earliest known leading patron.[17]
1709 William Bedle Dartford and Kent Bedle's 1768 obituary states that he was the "most expert cricket player in England".[18]
1717 Thomas Marchant Hurstpierpoint, Sussex Perhaps not a player himself, though his son Will was, Marchant was a Sussex farmer who kept a diary in which he made numerous references to cricket from 1717 to 1727.[19]
1724 Edwin Stead Kent A leading patron of Kent cricket who died young in 1735.[20]
William Goodwin Sunbury and Middlesex Described as "able to play at Cricket with most People". Sunbury had a noted team.[21]
1725 Sir William Gage, 7th Baronet Slindon and Sussex The two leading patrons of Sussex cricket in general and of the Slindon club in particular. The earliest known mention of both in a cricket connection is via a letter sent by Gage to Richmond in July 1725.[22]
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Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond
Edmund Chapman Chertsey and Surrey His 1763 obituary described him as "one of the most dextrous cricket players in England".[23]

1726 to 1740[edit]

year name club/county notes[a][b]
1726 Perry London Both took part in the earliest known single wicket match. The players were well-known as the contemporary report calls them "the noted Perry of London and the famous Piper of Hampton".[24]
Piper Hampton
1727 Alan Brodrick, 2nd Viscount Midleton Surrey A Surrey patron who was partly responsible for drawing up the first known rules of the game.[25]
Thomas Waymark Sussex and Berkshire Accounted the first great all-rounder, Waymark played for over 20 years and was noted for his "extraordinary agility and dexterity".[26]
1729 John Chitty Surrey Oldest cricket bat.JPG
The owner of what is now the world's oldest surviving cricket bat (pictured), which is kept in the museum at The Oval.[27]
1730 Mr Andrews Sunbury and Surrey A Surrey patron who challenged the Duke of Richmond's team in 1730.[28]
1731 Frederick Prince of Wales.jpg
Frederick, Prince of Wales
Surrey Heir to the throne who became very interested in cricket when he first came to England from Hanover and was a leading patron for the rest of his life.[29]
Tim Coleman London Described in a contemporary report as "the famous Tim Coleman".[29]
Captain Beak none Both took part in an early single wicket contest, though it was a minor event.[30]
Lieutenant Coke
Thomas Chambers Middlesex A Middlesex patron who challenged the Duke of Richmond's team in 1731.[30]
1732 Christopher Jones London? Keeper of the Artillery Ground.[31]
1734 Charles Sackville, Lord Middlesex Kent An occasional patron of Kent cricket.[32]
Lord John Philip Sackville Kent A leading patron of Kent cricket who was also a noted player.[32]
1735 Cook Brentford Described by a contemporary reporter as "one of the best bowlers in England".[33]
Dunn London Evidently a top order batsman who is mentioned in three match reports.[33]
Ellis Described by a contemporary reporter as London's "best bowler".[33]
Wakeland Made two known appearances in single wicket contests.[34]
Wheatley Evidently a top order batsman, known to have been a distiller by trade.[33]
Marshall Recorded in one match in 1735.[35]
Pool Recorded in one match in 1735.[35]
Mr Jervoise Croydon and Surrey A Surrey patron who was active in 1735.[36]
Wood Woodcot, Surrey Mentioned briefly in a 1735 report. There were apparently two Woods of Woodcot.[33]
1736 George Oldner London Appeared in a top-class single wicket contest in 1736.[34]
1737 John Boots Sussex Village cricket player who died during a match after colliding with another player.[37]
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Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough
London Patron and team captain.[38]
1739 John Bowra Bromley Known as the "Kentish Shepherd" and believed to be the father of William Bowra.[39]
1740 Darville Berkshire Apparently Thomas Waymark's employer at Bray Mills in Berkshire. A patron who is recorded playing in three single wicket matches in 1748.[40]
John Newland Slindon Brother of Richard Newland. First mentioned in correspondence to Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle by the 2nd Duke of Richmond as someone "that you must remember".[41]
George Smith London A publican who was also the groundkeeper of the Artillery Ground. Although he was an occasional player in significant matches, he was better known for his financial problems and his battles against bankruptcy.[42]

1741 to 1745[edit]

year name club/county notes[a][b]
1741 John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford Bedfordshire Patron and captain of his county team.[43]
George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax Northamptonshire Patron and captain of his county team.[43]
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich Huntingdonshire Patron and captain of his county team.[43]
Richard Grenville Buckinghamshire Patron and captain of his county team.[44]
1743 Richard Newland Slindon One of the most outstanding players of the sport's pioneering era before the introduction of the pitched delivery. Made the highest known individual score of the period.[45]
John Bryant Bromley and Kent Brother of James Bryant. One of the best players for the Kent county team and a key member of Bromley Cricket Club.[46]
John Cutbush Maidstone and Kent Rated among "the six best players in England".[46]
Ridgeway Sussex Rated among "the six best players in England".[46]
Robert Colchin aka "Long Robin" Bromley and Kent A controversial figure who was held to be both the best batsman and all-rounder of his time. An outstanding single wicket player and a very influential match organiser.[47]
Tom Peake Chelsfield and Kent Kent player who was frequently called upon as a given man.[47]
Val Romney Sevenoaks and Kent Noted for his leadership and described by James Love as "a mighty player".[46]
William Hodsoll Dartford and Kent An outstanding bowler who was rated among "the six best players in England".[46]
William Sawyer Richmond and Surrey Rated among "the six best players in England".[46]
Lord Montfort London Patron and team captain who led the London, Middlesex & Surrey XI in May 1743.[48]
Stephen Rose Chertsey An army deserter reported to be "a famous cricket player".[49]
1744 Adam Newland Slindon Brother of Richard Newland. Noted member of the Slindon team.[45]
Little Bennett London Probably brothers and noted in contemporary reports to have been two of the best batsmen of their time.[42]
Tall Bennett
Collins Surrey Mentioned in 1744 and 1748; played for London against Slindon in the earliest match that has a surviving scorecard.[42]
Edward Aburrow senior aka "Cuddy" Slindon and Sussex A known smuggler who played under his alias to disguise himself. Father of the Hambledon player of the same name, he is recorded in matches to 1751. A noted single wicket playeer.[42]
George Jackson Addington and Surrey Known to have been a good batsman who frequently played in single wicket contests, he is recorded in matches to 1752.[42]
Green Amberley and Sussex Recorded in three matches to 1747.[42]
Howlett London Made two known appearances in 1744 and 1745.[42]
James Bryant Bromley and Kent Brother of John Bryant. One of the best players for the Kent county team and a key member of Bromley Cricket Club.[42]
James Love Richmond A playing member at Richmond but better known as a poet.[50]
Joe Harris Addington and Surrey Brother of John Harris and recorded until 1756. Made 26 known appearances in single wicket and 15 in significant matches.[42]
John Harris Addington and Surrey Brother of Joe Harris and recorded until 1754. Made 11 known appearances in single wicket and 12 in significant matches.[42]
John Mills Horsmonden and Kent A noted bowler but is only recorded in one match.[50]
Kipps Eltham and Kent A noted wicketkeeper who is recorded four times to 1747.[50]
Maynard Surrey Recorded in 12 matches to 1750.[42]
Norris London Made two known appearances in 1744 and 1745.[42]
Stephen Dingate Reigate, Surrey Believed to have been a barber by trade, one of the leading single wicket players of the 1740s.[42]
Stevens Surrey Two players called Stevens were due to play in the London v Slindon match on 2 June 1744 but did not take part and are not mentioned in other sources.[42]
Tom Faulkner Addington and Surrey A prominent single wicket player who is recorded to 1761. Was also a prizefighter who fought under the sobriquet of "Long Tom".[42]
Andrews Slindon and Sussex Recorded in one match in 1744.[42]
Bartram Kent Recorded in one match in 1744.[50]
Butler London Recorded in one match in 1744.[42]
Danes Kent Recorded in one match in 1744.[50]
Hodder London Recorded in one match in 1744.[42]
Mills Kent Probably John Mills' brother; recorded in one match in 1744.[50]
1745 Broad Addington and Surrey Mentioned in match reports from 1745 to 1750.[51]
Howard Kent Mentioned in match reports from 1745 to 1752.[51]
Robert Lascoe Bromley and Kent Mentioned in match reports from 1745 to 1748.[51]
William Anderson London Mentioned in match reports from 1745 to 1752. It is believed a benefit match was held for him in 1753.[51]
Hodge Long Robin's XI Recorded in one match in 1745.[51]
Jacob Mann Richard Newland's XI Recorded in one match in 1745.[51]
Martin Richard Newland's XI Recorded in one match in 1745.[51]
Norton Richard Newland's XI Recorded in one match in 1745.[51]

1746 to 1760[edit]

year name club/county notes[a][b]
1747 John Bell Dartford and Kent Noted wicketkeeper.[52]
Thomas Bell Dartford and Kent Brother of the above. Condemned to death in 1762 but later reprieved.[52]
John Mansfield Sevenoaks and Kent Batsman noted for single wicket appearances.[52]
John Larkin Hadlow and Kent Noted single wicket performer.[52]
Jones Hadlow and Kent Mentioned in match reports from 1747 to 1749.[52]
Joseph Rudd Sussex Noted single wicket performer.[53]
Pye Sussex Noted single wicket performer.[53]
Robert Eures Bexley and Kent Known to have been a good batsman who played for All-England teams.[52]
Thomas Jure London Mentioned in match reports from 1747 to 1749.[52]
Allen Kent Recorded in one match in 1747.[52]
1748 Durling Addington and Surrey Mentioned in match reports from 1748 to 1761.[40]
John Capon London and Surrey Mentioned in match reports from 1748 to 1755.[40]
George Carter London Recorded four times from 1748 to 1749.[40]
Walker London Recorded in one single wicket match in 1748.[40]
1749 John Frame Dartford and Kent Arguably the first great fast bowler in cricket history and had a long career from 1749 to at least 1774.[54][55]
Perry Surrey Mentioned in match reports from 1749 to 1755. Has been confused with the 1726 player, who could have been a relation.[55]
Humphreys Surrey Recorded in two matches in 1749.[55]
John Colchin Bromley Probably Robert Colchin's brother; recorded in two matches in 1749.[55]
Joseph Hitches Colchin's XI Recorded three times in 1749.[55]
T. Southam Colchin's XI Recorded three times in 1749.[55]
Robinson Faulkner's XI Recorded three times in 1749.[55]
1750 Garrett Kent Recorded in five matches from 1750 to 1751.[56]
Rawlings Kent Mentioned in three match reports to 1751.[56]
Robert Bartholomew Surrey Possibly part of a cricketing family, he was also an innkeeper.[56]
Thomas Brandon Dartford and Kent A noted batsman who was mentioned in match reports from 1750 to 1759.[56]
Frame Surrey John Frame's brother; recorded in three matches in 1750.[56]
1751 Stephen Harding Thursley and Chertsey Hard-hitting batsman mentioned in match reports from 1751 to 1765.[57]
Stephens Dartford Mentioned in match reports from 1751 to 1759.[57]
Mathews All-England Recorded in two matches in 1751.[57]
Stone Kent Recorded in two matches in 1751.[57]
Wilden Kent Recorded in two matches in 1751.[57]
1753 William King London Noted as a leading London player in 1753 and 1754.[58]
1754 Parr Chatham Recorded in one single wicket match in 1754.[59]
1755 Clowder London Recorded in one single wicket match in 1755.[40]
1759 Gill Bucks and All-England Noted wicketkeeper who was still playing in 1772.[60]
John Edmeads Chertsey and Surrey Mentioned in match reports until 1779.[61]
John Haynes Surrey Mentioned in match reports from 1759 to 1761.[60]
Thomas Woods Chertsey and Surrey Only definite reference is in 1761 but probably played in 1759 for All-England. There is confusion in sources with other players named "Woods", "John Wood" and "Thomas Wood".[60]
Allen Middlesex Played in three matches in 1759. No other mentions.[60]
Burchwood Kent Noted bowler. Played in three matches in 1759.[60]
Cheeseman Sussex Played in three matches in 1759. No other mentions.[60]
Gascoigne London Played in three matches in 1759. No other mentions.[60][62]
Nyland Sussex Played in three matches in 1759. No other mentions. Possibly Richard Newland or Richard Nyren.[60]
Saunders Berkshire Played in three matches in 1759. No other mentions.[60]
Goldstone Dartford and Kent Played in three matches in 1759. No other mentions.[60]
Killick Dartford and Kent Played in three matches in 1759. No other mentions.[60]
Potter Dartford and Kent Played in three matches in 1759. No other mentions.[60]
Wakelin Dartford and Kent Played in three matches in 1759. No other mentions.[60]

1761 to 1770[edit]

year name club/county notes[a][b]
1761 Shock White Brentford Definitely active between 1761 and 1773 but often confused with Thomas "Daddy" White.[63]
Charles Sears Chertsey Played two matches in 1761.[63]
William Piper Chertsey Appeared in one match in 1761 as a given man for Chertsey.[63]
1764 John Small Hambledon and Hampshire JohnSmall.JPG
Described by John Nyren as "a star of the first magnitude",[64] master batsman John Small is buried in St Peter's churchyard (pictured) in his home village of Petersfield.[65]
John Bayton Hambledon and Hampshire Noted batsman of the late 1760s whose career apparently ended in the early 1770s.[66]
Peter Stewart Hambledon and Hampshire Nicknamed "Buck", a humorist who was a Hambledon mainstay through the club's formative period.[61]
Richard Nyren Hambledon and Hampshire Cricket's earliest known left-hander. An outstanding all-rounder who captained the Hambledon team in its heyday.[60]
Squire Thomas Land Hambledon and Hampshire Perhaps the original patron of Hambledon cricket who seems to have left the scene before the club was founded.[66]
Thomas Baldwin Chertsey Active in the 1760s.[67]
Thomas Ridge Hambledon and Hampshire Prominent Hambledon Club member who played in a number of matches to 1775.[66]
William Barber Hambledon and Hampshire Noted bowler, probably fast-medium, who played until 1777.[68]
William Hogsflesh Hambledon and Hampshire Noted bowler, probably fast-medium, who played until 1775.[69]
Edward Woolgar Hambledon and Hampshire Tentative reference re one match in 1764.[66]
John Woolgar Hambledon and Hampshire Tentative reference re one match in 1764.[66]
Osmond Hambledon and Hampshire Tentative reference re one match in 1764.[66]
1765 Richard Edmeads Chertsey Brother of John Edmeads; recorded in one match in 1765.[70]
1767 Edward "Curry" Aburrow Hambledon and Hampshire Son of "Cuddy" Aburrow. A Hampshire regular to 1782.[71]
Henry Rowett Caterham and Surrey Patron of Surrey cricket who was chiefly associated with the Caterham club in the 1760s.[18]
Sir Horatio Mann, 2nd Baronet Kent A leading patron of Kent cricket.[71]
Tom Sueter Hambledon and Hampshire Outstanding wicketkeeper-batsman, especially noted for his front foot play.[72]
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John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset
Kent A leading patron of Kent cricket and a useful player in his own right.[73][74]
Bellchambers Surrey Recorded in two matches to 1769.[73]
James Fuggles Kent Kent batsman who was last recorded in 1773.[73]
John Boorman Kent and Essex Prominent bowler who played in important matches till 1793.[60]
Joseph Miller Kent Outstanding batsman who was active till 1783. Some confusion exists re his first name but the majority of sources call him Joseph.[18][75]
Richard May Kent Noted bowler of the 1760s and 1770s. Brother of Thomas May.[76]
Thomas May Kent Batsman who played until 1773. Brother of Richard May.[76]
Richard Simmons Kent One of the earliest well-known wicketkeepers. Active till 1779.[18]
William Palmer Kent and Surrey Noted batsman who played in important matches to 1776.[18]
Birchet Surrey Recorded in two matches in 1768.[73]
Brobham Dartford and Kent Recorded in one single wicket match in 1768 and a match for Dartford in 1775.[73]
Foule Caterham Recorded as top scorer in one match in 1768.[18]
Mandy Kent Recorded in one single wicket match in 1768.[73]
Muddle Kent Recorded in two matches in 1768.[73]
Smailes Caterham Recorded in two matches from 1768 to 1769.[18]
Blake Caterham Tentative reference re one match in 1768.[18]
Carpenter Caterham Tentative reference re one match in 1768.[18]
Edward Francis Caterham Tentative reference re one match in 1768.[18]
T. Francis Caterham Tentative reference re one match in 1768.[18]
Golding Bourne Tentative reference re one match in 1768.[18]
Love Bourne Tentative reference re one match in 1768.[18]
Miller Caterham Tentative reference re one match in 1768.[18]
Twinker Caterham Tentative reference re one match in 1768.[18]
Ward Bourne Tentative reference re one match in 1768.[18]
1769 Lumpy Stevens Chertsey and Surrey One of the greatest bowlers of the underarm era. Had a long career from c. 1756 to 1789.[77]
Jasper Fish Kent Recorded in three matches between 1769 and 1777.[78]
John Wood (Kent) Kent Noted bowler who was active until 1783. Sources have often failed to disambiguate him re John Wood of Surrey.[78]
George Leer Hambledon and Hampshire Middle order batsman who was mainly noted for his fielding.[71]
John Minshull Kent and Surrey Scorer of the earliest known century in all forms of cricket and a noted batsman in the 1760s and 1770s.[79]
Thomas Brett Hambledon and Hampshire Outstanding fast bowler who was acclaimed for his combination of speed and accuracy.[80]
Page Chertsey and Surrey Active till 1773.[78]
Thomas Pattenden Kent Played in over thirty important matches from 1772 to 1783. In some scorecards, he cannot be disambiguated re his brother William.[78]
Thomas Quiddington Chertsey and Surrey Noted bowler mentioned in reports from 1769 to 1784. His name has also been spelt Quiddenden.[78]
John Wood (Surrey) Chertsey and Surrey Noted all-rounder who was active until 1780. Sources have often failed to disambiguate him re John Wood of Kent and S&B always calls him Thomas Wood.[78]
William Bowra Kent and Sussex Probably the son of John Bowra. Sound middle-order batsman who is believed to have been a good close fielder.[81]
Glazier Hambledon and Hampshire Recorded in one match in 1769.[78]
Purdy Hambledon and Hampshire Recorded in one match in 1769.[78]
Shepherd Caterham and Surrey Recorded in one match in 1769.[78]
Wessing Caterham and Surrey Recorded in one match in 1769.[78]
S. Bartram Duke of Dorset's XI Recorded in one match in 1769.[82]
Bishop Duke of Dorset's XI Recorded in one match in 1769.[82]
Oliver Duke of Dorset's XI Recorded in one match in 1769.[82]
Shearcy Duke of Dorset's XI Recorded in one match in 1769.[82]
Whiting Duke of Dorset's XI Recorded in one match in 1769.[82]

1771 to 1775[edit]

year name club/county notes[a][b]
1771 Coleman Nottingham Two known matches, 1771–72.[83]
Collishaw Nottingham Two known matches, 1771–72.[83]
Reverend Reynell Cotton Hambledon President of the Hambledon Club in 1773 and 1774. Best known for composing the Hambledon Club Song c. 1771. It is not certain if he was ever a player.[84]
John Thomas de Burgh Hambledon and Hampshire Occasional player in the early 1770s. Became the 13th Earl of Clanricarde.[85]
Huythwaite Nottingham One match against Sheffield.[83]
Loughman Nottingham Two known matches, 1771–72.[83]
Mew Nottingham Two known matches, 1771–72.[83]
Osguthorpe Sheffield One match against Nottingham.[83]
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Harry Peckham
Sussex Occasional player who contributed to the 1774 Laws of Cricket.[85]
Rawson Nottingham One match against Sheffield.[83]
Roe Nottingham Two known matches, 1771–72.[83]
Spurr Nottingham Two known matches, 1771–72.[83]
Stocks Nottingham Two known matches, 1771–72.[83]
Troop Nottingham Two known matches, 1771–72.[83]
Turner Nottingham Two known matches, 1771–72.[83]
Thomas White Chertsey and Surrey Noted all-rounder who instigated the Monster Bat Controversy. Retired in 1779.[86]
1772 Childs Surrey Recorded in nine matches from 1772 to 1774 but believed to have been active long before 1772.[87]
Bamford Nottingham One match against Sheffield.[83]
"Mr Ellis" Hampshire and Sussex A now unknown figure who was mentioned as the subject of a bet re how many runs he might score in comparison with the Duke of Dorset in a Kent versus Hampshire and Sussex match.[88]
Gladwin Nottingham One match against Sheffield.[83]
William Yalden Chertsey and Surrey Outstanding wicketkeeper-batsman. Made at least fifty known important match appearances to 1783.[89]
1773 William Bartholomew Chertsey and Surrey A member of the Bartholomew family, recorded in 1773.[90]
Charles Bennet, 4th Earl of Tankerville Surrey A leading patron of Surrey cricket who employed Lumpy as a gardener.[91]
Charles Powlett Hambledon Club A key benefactor and patron at Hambledon. A member of the Laws committee in 1774.[92]
Constantine Phillips Surrey Made 5 known appearances to 1778.[90]
Edward Hussey Kent A useful batsman who had a long but sporadic career from 1773 to 1797.[93]
Francis Booker Kent Left-handed batsman and noted fielder who played regularly until 1790.[87]
George Louch Kent and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) An occasional patron who was one of the most prolific amateur players.[94]
Henry Attfield Surrey Also known as "Field", his career seems to have ended early at age 26 in 1782.[90]
James Aylward Hambledon and Hampshire Noted batsman who had a long career and made a known record score of 167 in 1777.[95]
James Bayley Hambledon and Hampshire Made four known appearances from 1773 to 1783.[90]
John Wheeler Kent Made two known appearances in 1773 and 1775.[90]
M. Lewis (Surrey) Surrey Amateur who made two known appearances in 1773.[90]
Richard Francis Hambledon and Hampshire Regular player for Hampshire until 1793.[87]
Richard Newman Essex, Kent and MCC Amateur batsman who was active from 1773 to 1793.[90]
Richard Purchase Hambledon and Hampshire Noted slow bowler who had a long career from 1773 until 1803, though he was absent from 1775 to 1780 inclusive.[90]
Samuel Colchin Kent All-rounder who was active until 1779. Nephew of Robert Colchin.[90]
John Brewer Davis Kent Recorded twice in 1773.[90]
Robert Stone Surrey Amateur batsman who played eight times until 1780. May have reappeared in 1790, if the same man.[90]
T. Davis Hambledon and Hampshire Amateur batsman who made 7 known appearances for Hampshire until 1776.[90]
William Bullen Kent Outstanding all-rounder who was prolific until 1800. First bowler ever to be definitely credited with 5 wickets in an innings.[95]
Blake Surrey Recorded in one match in 1773.[90]
Horne Hambledon Recorded in one match for "Hambledon Town" in 1773.[90]
James Cotton Hambledon Recorded in one match for "Hambledon Town" in 1773.[90]
Lawrence Hambledon Recorded in two matches only (1773/77).[90]
M. Lewis (Hambledon) Hambledon Recorded in one match for "Hambledon Town" in 1773.[90]
Read All-England Recorded in one match in 1773.[90]
1774 Muggeridge Chertsey and Surrey Bowler who was active until 1784.[54]
Waller Kent Recorded in two important matches in 1774.[54]
William Brazier Kent All-rounder who played in important matches from 1774 to 1794 but was absent 1777–1781.[54]
Richard Miller Surrey Possibly a brother of Joseph Miller; recorded in one match in 1774.[54]
1775 Tom Taylor Hampshire Outstanding all-rounder, especially noted for the cut shot and brilliant fielding.[69]
William Edmeads Surrey Younger brother of John Edmeads. Recorded in one match in 1775.[96]
Francis aka Frances Hampshire Possibly a brother of Richard Francis; recorded in one match in 1775.[97]
Rev Charles Bartholomew Chertsey One of the Bartholomew family who played in the 1770s and perhaps earlier.[98]
Thomas Swayne Chertsey Made three recorded appearances to 1778.[98]
Briggs Risborough Recorded as a given man in one match in 1775.[99]
Daniel Etheridge Chertsey Recorded in three matches in 1775.[98]
Faggoter Chertsey Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Richard Lipscomb Chertsey Recorded in two matches in 1775.[98]
Ashby aka Ashley Coulsdon Amateur player; recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Benick Coulsdon Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Burkin Coulsdon Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Henry Palmer Coulsdon Recorded in one match in 1775; possibly related to William Palmer.[98]
Bassden London Recorded in two matches (1775/77).[98]
Birdeye London Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Warren London Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Baldwin Dartford Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Hammond Dartford Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Scuder Dartford Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Goulson Dartford Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Lintot Dartford Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Sanham Dartford Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Terry Dartford Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]
Richardson Dartford Recorded in one match in 1775.[98]

1776 to 1780[edit]

year name club/county notes[a][b]
1776 Richard Aubrey Veck Hampshire Noted batsman who was a Hampshire regular until 1784 when he quit the game for, apparently, business reasons.[81]
1777 Lamborn Surrey and Hampshire Spin bowler who was a great innovator. Known as the "Little Farmer".[100]
Mills Surrey Bowler who was active until 1781.[101]
Noah Mann Hampshire Outstanding all-rounder noted for his athleticism. Career ended tragically when he was killed by fire.[68]
Pennell Kent Made five known appearances to 1781.[102]
Richard Hosmer Kent Amateur batsman. Active until 1791.[79]
Richard Stanford Kent Amateur batsman. Active until 1787.[79]
Robert Clifford Kent Prolific all-rounder, especially noted for his slow bowling. Active until 1792.[100]
Townsend Kent Recorded in seven matches to 1786.[103]
William Bedster Surrey and Middlesex Noted batsman who played regularly to 1794. Was at one time the Earl of Tankerville's butler.[102]
William Pattenden Kent Occasional player to 1781. Younger brother of Thomas Pattenden.[79]
Baker Hampshire Recorded in one match in 1777.[102]
Holness aka Houness Kent Recorded in one match in 1777 and in one important match in 1781.[104]
Bidewell Kent Recorded in one match in 1777.[104]
Oakley Kent Recorded in one match in 1777.[104]
1778 Boltwood All-England Recorded in one match in 1778.[105]
Henry Bonham Hampshire Amateur player; recorded in one match in 1778.[101]
Irons All-England Recorded in one match in 1778.[105]
Mansfield All-England Recorded in one match in 1778.[105]
Polden All-England Recorded in one match in 1778.[105]
1779 Berwick Surrey and Hampshire Made 6 known appearances from 1779 to 1780.[106]
1780 Gibson Kent Mentioned in two matches in 1780.[79]
John Freemantle Hampshire Elder brother of Andrew Freemantle. Fast bowler who had a short career to 1782.[107]
B. Rimmington Kent One of three brothers who collectively played until 1791. Sources often fail to disambiguate between them.[79]
T. Rimmington Kent One of three brothers who collectively played until 1791. Sources often fail to disambiguate between them.[79]

1781 to 1786[edit]

year name club/county notes[a][b]
1781 Hogben Kent Made six known appearances in 1781 and 1782.[91]
J. Martin Essex Professional bowler active until 1793.[91]
M. Rimmington Kent One of three brothers who collectively played until 1791. Sources often fail to disambiguate between them.[79]
Webb Kent Made five known appearances in 1781.[91]
Hodges Kent Recorded in one match in 1781.[91]
T. Skinner Hampshire Recorded in one match in 1781.[91]
1782 David Harris Hampshire One of the greatest bowlers of the underarm era. Played in important matches to 1798.[108]
"Little" Joey Ring Kent Noted batsman who played in important matches until 1796.[108]
W. Hall Hampshire Recorded in one match in 1782.[108]
1783 Couchman Kent Made two known appearances to 1786.[103]
James Wells Surrey Brother of the more famous John Wells. Made over twenty known important match appearances to 1800.[74]
Stephen Amherst Kent An occasional patron of Kent cricket who was Thomas Boxall's employer.[103]
1784 J. Cole Hampshire Two known appearances to 1788. [109]
Davidson Essex Three known appearances to 1787.[109]
Jack Small Hampshire Son of John Small and close friend of John Nyren. A sound batsman but overshadowed by his father.[109][110]
Harry Walker Hampshire and Surrey Brother of Tom Walker recorded until 1802. Batsman who was noted for his use of the cut shot.[111]
1785 Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond - Project Gutenberg etext 20110.jpg
Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond
White Conduit Club (WCC) and MCC A significant patron during the early years of MCC.[112]
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George Finch, 9th Earl of Winchilsea
WCC and MCC A significant patron during the early years of MCC.[112]
Barker Essex Amateur player. Recorded in four important matches to 1793.[113]
John Dampier WCC and MCC Amateur player. Recorded in three important matches to 1787.[114]
Lord Strathavon WCC and MCC Amateur player. Recorded in three important matches to 1792.[114]
George Henry Monson WCC and MCC Amateur player. Recorded in ten important matches to 1792.[111]
Charles Monson WCC Amateur player. Brother of G. H. Monson. Army captain who was recorded in one match in 1785.[111]
George T. Boult Berkshire and Middlesex Amateur player. Recorded in over twenty known important matches to 1795.[113]
George Talbot WCC and MCC Amateur player. Recorded in over twenty known important matches to 1791.[114]
Gilbert East Berkshire Amateur all-rounder. Recorded in twelve important matches to 1794.[111]
Henry Hervey Aston WCC and Hampshire Amateur player; became an army officer and was killed in a duel in 1798. Recorded in 13 important matches to 1793.[114]
John Gouldstone aka Goldswain Essex Recorded in twelve important matches to 1793.[113]
J. Russell Essex Amateur player; recorded in nine matches to 1793.[113]
J. Wyatt Essex Amateur player; recorded in seven matches to 1787.[113]
Peachey WCC and MCC Amateur player; recorded in two matches in 1785.[114]
R. Whitehead WCC and MCC An occasional patron who was an original member of MCC.[114]
Sir Peter Burrell WCC and MCC An occasional patron who was an original member of MCC.[114]
C. Slater Berkshire Amateur player; recorded in four matches to 1787.[113]
Tyson WCC and MCC Amateur player; recorded in seven matches to 1794.[114]
Billy Beldham Hampshire and Surrey One of the most outstanding players of the pre-roundarm era. Credited with over 200 important match appearances from 1787 to 1821.[115]
William Fennex Middlesex Noted all-rounder and fast bowler whose best years were the 1790s.[116]
Belch Berkshire Recorded in one match in 1785.[113]
Spriggs Berkshire Recorded in one match in 1785.[113]
Fothers Essex Recorded in one match in 1785.[113]
J. Norman Essex Amateur player; recorded in one match in 1785.[113]
Kingsmill Essex Recorded in one match in 1785.[113]
Dyke Kent Amateur player; recorded in two "gentlemen only" matches in 1785.[114]
Edwards Kent Amateur player; recorded in two "gentlemen only" matches in 1785.[114]
Smith Kent Amateur player; recorded in two "gentlemen only" matches in 1785.[114]
Thompson Kent Amateur player; recorded in two "gentlemen only" matches in 1785.[114]
Willard Kent Amateur player; recorded in two "gentlemen only" matches in 1785.[114]
Wilmot Kent Amateur player; recorded in two "gentlemen only" matches in 1785.[114]
1786 Collier Kent Recorded in one match in 1786.[117]
Henry Crozoer Kent All-rounder recorded until 1790.[118]
Finch Kent Recorded in one match in 1786.[118]
Isaac Hatch Kent Amateur player; recorded in one match in 1786.[119]
Hawkins Hampshire Amateur batsman recorded in four matches to 1787.[120]
John Nyren Hampshire Son of Richard Nyren and an occasional player who is better known as the author of The Cricketers of My Time.[120][121]
Tom Walker Hampshire and Surrey Outstanding all-rounder who was noted for his determined, defensive batting. Known as "Old Everlasting", he was a leading player until he retired in 1810.[119]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

• a)^ Inline citations reference the debut or earliest known mention of each player.

• b)^ Note that 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.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Altham, p. 22.
  4. ^ McCann, p. xxxiii.
  5. ^ a b McCann, p. xxxiv.
  6. ^ Major, p. 28.
  7. ^ Bowen, p. 262.
  8. ^ Major, p. 32.
  9. ^ Underdown, p. 15.
  10. ^ Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1963, p. 178.
  11. ^ Underdown, p. 13.
  12. ^ Major, p. 31.
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  14. ^ Haygarth, p. vi.
  15. ^ McCann, p. xl.
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  19. ^ McCann, pp. 1–5.
  20. ^ Waghorn, Dawn of Cricket, p. 6.
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