A Cricket Match Extraordinary

The first recorded women’s county cricket match was played on the 3rd of October 1811 between Hampshire and Surrey at Balls Pond on Newington Green, north London.

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Thomas Rowlandson, Rural Sports or a Cricket Match Extraordinary, circa 1811.

The match was played for five hundred guineas and lasted for three days; Hampshire eventually winning by fifteen notches. The bawdy spectacle was of immense appeal to the large group of spectators, resulting in the immediate fixing of a return match.

Jack Plane

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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5 Responses to A Cricket Match Extraordinary

  1. Paul Murphy says:

    Any idea what they might be manufacturing in that beehive chimney off in the distance?
    Bricks?

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    • Jack Plane says:

      It looks like a bottle kiln which were certainly used for the manufacture of bricks and tiles. Newington Green was a popular and rapidly expanding area at this period and it would make sense for there to have been a brick kiln situated close by to supply the building works.

      JP

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  2. Burbidge says:

    I’m sure that there’s a maiden being bowled over on the cow in the top left!

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