Prince's Cricket Ground

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Prince's Cricket Ground in Chelsea, London was a cricket ground, created by the brothers George and James Prince as part of the Prince's Club, on which 37 first-class matches were played between 1872 and 1878. The ground was built on in 1883. The boundaries of the site are marked by Cadogan Square West, Milner Street, Lennox Gardens Mews, Walton Street and Pont Street.[1]

The first match played on the ground was Household Brigade v. Lords and Commons on 3 June 1871.[2][3]

Middlesex County Cricket Club used the ground between 1872 and 1876 and played their first match on 23–25 May 1872 against Yorkshire. The ground was also used by South of England and by Gentlemen of the South. Several Gentlemen v Players fixtures were also played there, the first taking place in July 1873. In 1878, the touring Australians played two matches on the ground: Gentlemen of England v Australians and Players v Australians (the last first-class match held on the ground, scheduled for 11 September to 13 September but finished in two days).[4] The increasing acquisition of portions of the site for building development, made possible by 'The Cadogan and Hans Place Improvement Act of 1874', discouraged its further use.

The former first-class cricketer Thomas Box was employed as an attendant at the ground. On 12 July 1876, during the Middlesex v Nottinghamshire match, he collapsed. He died three hours later.[5]

The site was also used for lawn tennis, badminton and other games. A permanent roller skating rink was also added.[6]

Ground records in first-class matches[edit]

  • Highest total: 612[7] Oxford University v Middlesex 1876
  • Lowest total: 47 Middlesex v Oxford University 1874
  • Highest individual score: 261 W.G. Grace South of England v North of England 1877
  • Best bowling: 8-31 Fred Morley Players of the North v Gentlemen of the South 1875
  • Highest partnership 281 (for the 2nd wicket) WG Grace & JM Cotterill South of England v North of England 1877

References[edit]

  1. ^ Not to be confused with the 18th century Brighton Prince of Wales Ground.
  2. ^ "Old Prince's Club". The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News. 90 (2349): 82–83. 21 September 1918. 
  3. ^ "Prince's Cricket Club". Sheffield and Rotherham Independent. British Newspaper Archive. 5 June 1871. p. 4. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Lazenby, John (2013). The strangers who came home : the first Australian cricket tour of England, 1878. London: Bloomsbury. pp. 114–121. ISBN 978-1408842874. 
  5. ^ Cricinfo piece on Tom Box
  6. ^ Chelsea: Cremorne Gardens, Old and New London: Volume 5, 1878, pp 84-100.
  7. ^ At the time, the highest total ever made in a first-class match.

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Coordinates: 51°29′45″N 0°09′43″W / 51.4957°N 0.1620°W / 51.4957; -0.1620