- 1794 English cricket season
In the 1794 English cricket season, Berkshire had the strongest county team.
* John Lambert
* Edward Winter
Briden (MCC cricketer)
James Beeston"aka" Tom Brown (Middlesex) – played 24 matches to 1808
Rice (Middlesex cricketer)"aka" James or A Smith (Middlesex; amateur) – played 13 matches to 1797
George Shepheard(Middlesex) – played ten matches to 1799
Wheeler (Middlesex cricketer)(Middlesex) – played ten matches to 1797
Gates (Berkshire cricketer)(Berkshire) – played eight matches to 1807
Rubegall (Middlesex cricketer)(Middlesex) – played six matches to 1798
R. Brandling(MCC; amateur) – played five matches to 1795
John Beldham(Surrey) – played three matches to 1795
John Burgess (cricketer)(Kent) – played two matches to 1795
J. Jackson(London) – played two matches to 1795
West (Berkshire cricketer)(Berkshire) – played two matches to 1794
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 Beldhamscored 488 runs in 1794 to lead the batsmen
Other good performances were by Tom Walker with 462 runs;
Joey Ring417; Harry Walker 393; John Wells 379; Thomas Ray 299; Jack Small282; Henry Tufton 251; John Hammond 230; William Fennex225; Charles Anguish215; Andrew Freemantle193; George Louch182
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 Lord was the leading bowler in 1794 with 44 wickets, just ahead of Tom Walker with 42
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.
John Hammond took 21 catches and made 8 stumpings to be the leading fielder in 1794, although the most catches were taken by
William Beldhamwith 24, but he had no stumpings.
* "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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