1789 English cricket season


1789 English cricket season

In the 1789 English cricket season, while Hampshire played Kent on Windmill Down, the Storming of the Bastille was taking place in Paris and the French Revolution ended the first cricket overseas tour before it even began.

Matches

Other events

John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset, famous for both his cricket connections and his ambassadorship to France, tried to organise a tour of France by a team of English cricketers. The team, which included William Yalden, assembled in London and travelled to Dover where, unexpectedly, they met the Duke himself coming the other way. He was fleeing for his life from the French Revolution. So the intended first-ever overseas tour became instead the first tour to be cancelled for political reasons!

First mentions

* Thomas Boxall
* Edward Bligh
* John Walker
* Charles Anguish
* Robert Turner
* Thomas Scott
* Richard Wyatt
* George Dehaney
* Jacob White
* Cantrell (Middlesex cricketer) – played 8 matches from 1789 to 1792
* Grange (Middlesex cricketer) – played 9 matches from 1789 to 1792
* W Palmer (Kent cricketer) (Kent; amateur) – played 9 matches from 1789 to 1795
* Thomas Twistleton (MCC; amateur) – played 7 matches from 1789 to 1796
* John Bligh, 4th Earl of Darnley (MCC; amateur) – played 27 matches from 1789 to 1796
* Edward Hale (cricketer) (Hampshire; amateur) – played 3 matches from 1789 to 1797
* John Stevens (cricketer) (Essex) – played 17 matches from 1789 to 1799
* Mark Graham (cricketer) (Leics) – played 5 matches from 1789 to 1800
* T Watts (Leicestershire cricketer) (Leics) – played 5 matches from 1789 to 1800
* Butler (Middlesex cricketer) – played 21 matches from 1789 to 1801
* Richard Stringer (Leics) – played 6 matches from 1789 to 1803
* Robert Warsop (Notts) – played 6 matches from 1789 to 1803
* T Webb (Middlesex cricketer) – played 8 matches from 1789 to 1808
* Dale (Middlesex cricketer) – played 22 matches from 1789 to 1809
* T Shackle (Middlesex cricketer) (Berkshire/Middlesex) – played 30 matches from 1789 to 1809
* W Turner (MCC cricketer) (MCC; amateur) – played 10 matches from 1789 to 1809
* W Barker (Nottinghamshire cricketer) (Notts) – played four matches to 1792
* W Barsby (Leicestershire cricketer) (Leics) – played four matches to 1792
* R Black (Leicestershire cricketer) (Leics) – played four matches to 1800
* Brown (Kent cricketer) (Kent) – played four matches to 1791
* Carr (Essex cricketer) (Essex) – played four matches to 1791
* W Clarke (Leicestershire cricketer) (Leics) – played four matches to 1792
* J Gilbert (Nottinghamshire cricketer) (Notts) – played four matches to 1792
* Goodhew (Kent cricketer) (Kent) – played four matches to 1795
* Hicks (Essex cricketer) "aka" Higgs (Essex) – played four matches to 1799
* J Rowell (Leicestershire cricketer) (Leics) – played four matches to 1792
* E Stevenson (Nottinghamshire cricketer) (Notts) – played four matches to 1792
* S Willows (Nottinghamshire cricketer) (Notts) – played four matches to 1792
* Church (Kent cricketer) (MCC/Kent) – played three matches to 1795
* Granger (Middlesex cricketer) (Middlesex) – played three matches to 1792
* Groombridge (Essex cricketer) (Essex) – played three matches to 1793
* G Harrison (Nottinghamshire cricketer) (Notts) – played three matches to 1792
* S Hedderley (Nottinghamshire cricketer) (Notts) – played three matches to 1791
* Mugglestone (Nottinghamshire cricketer) (Notts) – played three matches to 1791
* J Stevenson (Nottinghamshire cricketer) (Notts) – played three matches to 1791
* Vincent (Surrey cricketer) (Surrey; amateur) – played three matches to 1789
* W Warsop (Nottinghamshire cricketer) (Notts) – played three matches to 1791

Leading batsmen

Note that many scorecards in the 18th century are unknown or have missing details and so it is impossible to provide a complete analysis of batting performances: e.g., the missing not outs prevent computation of batting averages. The "runs scored" are in fact the "runs known".

William Beldham with 306 scored the most known runs in 1789.

Other leading batsmen were James Aylward with 297 runs; John Wells 240; Harry Walker 228; Tom Walker 225;
Richard Purchase 224; John Small 222; Thomas Ingram 219; George Louch 215; William Brazier 210; Joey Ring 198

Leading bowlers

Note that the wickets credited to an 18th century bowler were only those where he bowled the batsman out. The bowler was not credited with the wickets of batsmen who were caught out, even if it was "caught and bowled". In addition, the runs conceded by each bowler were not recorded so no analyses or averages can be computed.

Robert Clifford with 39 took the most known wickets in 1789.

Other leading wicket-takers were David Harris with 38; Richard Purchase 30; John Boorman 25; William Bullen 25; Butcher 19; Noah Mann 18

Leading fielders

Note that many scorecards in the 18th century are unknown or have missing details and so the totals are of the "known" catches and stumpings only. Stumpings were not always recorded as such and sometimes the name of the wicket-keeper was not given. Generally, a catch was given the same status as "bowled" with credit being awarded to the fielder only and not the bowler. There is never a record of "caught and bowled": the bowler would be credited with the catch, not with the wicket.

Robert Clifford was also the most successful fielder with 16 known victims (15 ct, 1 st)

William Beldham took 15 catches, John Wells had 14 victims (13 ct, 1 st), star fielder George Louch took 12 catches and there were 9 catches each taken by John Boorman, William Bullen and Henry Crozoer.

References

External sources

* [http://www.jl.sl.btinternet.co.uk/stampsite/cricket/main.html From Lads to Lord's; The History of Cricket: 1300 – 1787]
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Seasons/1789_ENG.html CricketArchive match lists]

Further reading

* G B Buckley, "Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket", Cotterell, 1935
* Arthur Haygarth, "Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744-1826)", Lillywhite, 1862
* H T Waghorn, "The Dawn of Cricket", Electric Press, 1906


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