- 1792 English cricket season
In the 1792 English cricket season, Kent played Hampshire at Cobham Park, which was
Lord Darnley’s estate and the home of the Bligh family. Ninety years later it became the home of the Ashesin the shape of the urn brought back from Australiaby the Hon. Ivo Bligh.
A match in Sheffield provides the earliest known instance of the rare dismissal of
obstructing the field.
Elsewhere, the earliest known cricket club in
Indiawas formed in Calcutta.
* Thomas Ray
* Robert Robinson
James Harding (cricketer)(Surrey) – played 37 matches to 1810
Finch (Berkshire cricketer)(Berkshire) – played 13 matches to 1795
Sylvester (Middlesex cricketer)(Middlesex) – played 28 matches to 1799
S. Gill(Berkshire) – played 11 matches to 1795
Monk (Berkshire cricketer)(Berkshire) – played ten matches to 1795
Sir John Shelley, 6th Baronet(Sussex/MCC; amateur) – played ten matches to 1795
Timber (Berkshire cricketer)(Berkshire) – played ten matches to 1795
Thompson (Berkshire cricketer)(Berkshire) – played nine matches to 1794
Thomas Colyear, 4th Earl of Portmore(Hampshire; amateur) – played six matches to 1799
Harvey (Essex cricketer)(Essex) – played five matches to 1793
Robert Quarme(Berkshire; amateur) – played four matches to 1793
Capron (Sussex cricketer)(Sussex) – played three matches to 1792
Munday (Hampshire cricketer)(Hampshire) – played three matches to 1797
William Streets(Notts) – played four matches to 1803
J. Clarke (Leicestershire cricketer)(Leics) – played two matches to 1800
John Stewart (Hampshire cricketer)(Hampshire; amateur) – played two matches to 1797
James Smith (Kent cricketer)(Kent/Middlesex) – played eight matches to 1796
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".
Tom Walker with 542 runs, including a top score of 107, made the most runs in 1792; ahead of
William Beldhamwith 503, including a top score of 144.
Other leading runscorers were
William Fennex388; Earl of Winchilsea 374; Edward Bligh372; George Louch270; Andrew Freemantle266; Jack Small258; Richard Purchase232; George Henry Monson230; John Wells 207
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.
Thomas Boxallwith 46 was the leading wicket-taker in 1792
Other leading bowlers were David Harris with 36 wickets;
Thomas Lord33; John Hammond 28; Richard Purchase28; Tom Walker 24; William Beldham18; Harry Walker 18; William Fennex13; William Bedster10
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.
William Beldhamwith 31 catches was easily the season's best fielder
George Henry Monson13 ct, 1 st; Edward Bligh7 ct, 6 st; George Louch13; William Fennex11 ct, 1 st; Richard Purchase11 ct; John Wells 11 ct; Thomas Ingram6 ct, 4 st; Thomas Scott 9 ct; Tom Taylor 9
* "Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket" by
G B Buckley(FL18)
* "Fresh Light on Pre-Victorian Cricket" by
G B Buckley(FLPV)
* "Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century" by
Timothy J McCann(TJM)
* "The Dawn of Cricket" by
H T Waghorn(WDC)
* "Scores & Biographies, Volume 1" by
* "Scores 1790-1805" (annual issues) by
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