Old Field, Bray

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Old Field cricket ground
LocationBray, Berkshire
Home clubBerkshire
Establishmentby 1775
Last used1794

Old Field at Bray, Berkshire was a noted cricket ground in the late 18th century. It was used as the venue for four first-class matches between 1792 and 1795 in addition to several minor matches.[1][2][3][4]

Bray is near Maidenhead and the ground was the home venue of Maidenhead Cricket Club when it was founded in the second half of the 18th century. It was used for first-class matches by the Berkshire county team which was very strong at that time.[5]

The name of the venue is correctly rendered "Old Field, Bray"[6] but the designation "Oldfield Bray" is given by Scores and Biographies (S&B) which also calls the Berkshire team "Oldfield" in one match.[1] CricketArchive explains that S&B and other sources use Oldfield Bray as if "Bray" were part of the name of the ground. It has been established that the ground was called Old Field and was located in the parish of Bray, which in the 18th century included the southern half of what became Maidenhead, where the Old Field Club was based. Maidenhead was created as a separate parish in 1894.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Haygarth, pp.157–158.
  2. ^ Classification of cricket matches from 1697 to 1825
  3. ^ CricketArchive – first-class matches at Old Field, Bray
  4. ^ CricketArchive – other matches at Old Field, Bray
  5. ^ From Lads to Lord's – 1785. Retrieved on 25 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Old Field, Bray". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Berkshire v Marylebone Cricket Club 1792". CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 January 2012.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744–1826), Lillywhite, 1862

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°31′05″N 0°42′36″W / 51.518°N 0.710°W / 51.518; -0.710