Stephen Amherst


Stephen Amherst

Stephen Amherst ("aka" Amhurst; born 1750, probably in Kent; died 6 May 1814 at West Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent) was an English cricketer who was also a noted patron and organiser of first-class matches.

A useful batsman and a great servant of the game in his native Kent, Amherst made 34 known first-class appearances from his debut in 1783 until 1795, often leading his own team. He employed the famous bowler Thomas Boxall, whose career began in 1789. Amherst set up an indoor bowling area in a barn so that he and Boxall could practice during the winter.

External links

* [http://www.jl.sl.btinternet.co.uk/stampsite/cricket/main.html From Lads to Lord's; The History of Cricket: 1300 – 1787]

References

* "Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket" by G B Buckley (FL18)
* "Scores & Biographies, Volume 1" by Arthur Haygarth (SBnnn)
* "The Dawn of Cricket" by H T Waghorn (WDC)


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