Woburn Cricket Club

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Woburn Cricket Club was based at Woburn, Bedfordshire and briefly held important match status, playing six known matches from 1743 to 1744, all of them against London Cricket Club. The club was formed by the then Duke of Bedford, who was an enthusiastic patron of cricket, and played its home matches at Woburn Park.


Woburn Park is first recorded as a venue in August 1741 for Bedfordshire v Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire. The combined Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire team won. This is, incidentally, the earliest-known recorded mention of cricket in each of the three counties involved. The Woburn club is first recorded on 27 May 1743 when it hosted London at Woburn Park and lost.[1] Woburn then defeated London twice in succession. The club's last known important match was at the Artillery Ground in 1744 but the result is unknown.[2]


  1. ^ From Lad's to Lord's. Retrieved on 21 July 2009.
  2. ^ From Lad's to Lord's. Retrieved on 21 July 2009.

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Further reading[edit]

  • F S Ashley-Cooper, At the Sign of the Wicket: Cricket 1742-1751, Cricket Magazine, 1900
  • G B Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, Cotterell, 1935
  • H T Waghorn, The Dawn of Cricket, Electric Press, 1906