- 1798 English cricket season
The 1798 English cricket season was marked by numerous matches involving town clubs rather than county teams.
* Henry Bentley
* Capt. / Col.
Peregrine Maitland, (MCC and Surrey; amateur) – played 27 matches to 1808
* Charles Reed (Kent) – played 7 matches from 1798 to 1810
Williams (MCC cricketer)(MCC; amateur) – played 6 matches in 1798
J. Eavers(MCC) – played 5 matches from 1798 to 1802
* James Bennett (Hampshire) – played 5 matches from 1798 to 1805
Bourke (MCC cricketer)(MCC; amateur) – played 2 matches in 1798
Donnithorn (MCC cricketer)(MCC; amateur) – played 2 matches in 1798
Greenham (Hampshire cricketer)– played 2 matches in 1798
Johnston (Middlesex cricketer)– played 2 matches in 1798
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".
Fewer matches were played in 1798 than in previous years, a trend that continued as the effects of the
Napoleonic Warwere felt, and so fewer runs were scored. The batsmen who scored over 100 runs were:
Lord Frederick Beauclerk— 369: Andrew Freemantle— 217: Benjamin Clifton— 187: John Tufton— 185:Thomas Ray — 179: Jack Small— 177:Tom Walker — 164: William Fennex— 148:Robert Robinson — 147:T A Smith — 146:Hampton — 141: William Beldham— 136:John Wells — 135:Harry Walker — 127:John Hammond — 112
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 Boxalljust led the bowlers with 42 wickets, beating Lord Frederick Beauclerkwho took 40
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.
Lord Frederick Beauclerktook the most catches with 14, followed by William Fennex11; Andrew Freemantle8ct, 2 st; William Beldham7 ct, 1 st; Thomas Ray 7 ct
* "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)
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* "Scores 1790-1805" (annual issues) by
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