- Henry Rowett
Henry Rowett (dates unknown) was an English amateur
cricketer who played for Surrey during the 1760s. He was chiefly noted for his patronage of Caterham Cricket Club which was prominent at the time and was a close rival of the Hambledon Club. Nothing is known of Rowett apart from his involvement in major cricketmatches.
Rowett is first mentioned in August 1767 in connection with a match between his Surrey team and
Sir Horace Mann's XI G B Buckley, "Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket", Cotterell, 1935] .
In the Caterham v Bourne match at Caterham on
10 June1768, Rowett showed himself to be a capable batsman by scoring 30 in Caterham's total of 150, Caterham winning the match by 14 runs . This match has left one of the earliest known scorecards, printed in the 11 June1768 edition of the "Kentish Weekly Post". Despite the match title, it was effectively Surrey v Kent.
Another Caterham v Bourne match took place at Caterham Common on
26 July1768. The result is unknown. It was announced in the "St James Chronicle" on Saturday 23 July. Caterham was to give Bourne two men. The "St James Chronicle" referred to the teams as "Mr Horatio Mann's Club" and "Mr Henry Rowett's Club". A further match between the two teams took place at Caterham on 2 August1768.
31 Julyand 1 August1769, Rowett captained Caterham/Surrey in a first-class match at Guildford Bason"versus" Hambledon/Hampshire H T Waghorn, "The Dawn of Cricket", Electric Press, 1906] . The match was reported by the "Reading Mercury" to have attracted a crowd of "near 20,000" and "it is generally allowed by the best judges to have been the finest match that ever was played". Hampshire won by 4 wickets.
This "finest match" was the last time Rowett's name appears in the sources.
* [http://www.jl.sl.btinternet.co.uk/stampsite/cricket/main.html From Lads to Lord's; The History of Cricket: 1300 – 1787]
G B Buckley, "Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket", Cotterell, 1935
H T Waghorn, "The Dawn of Cricket", Electric Press, 1906
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