1791 English cricket season

The 1791 English cricket season was the 20th in which matches have been awarded retrospective first-class cricket status and the fifth after the foundation of the Marylebone Cricket Club. The season saw 14 top-class matches played in the country.

1791 English cricket season

Matches edit

A total of 14 top-class matches were played during the season.[1][2][3] These included matches played by teams from Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex and Surrey as well as by club sides at Hornchurch in Essex and Brighton in Sussex. MCC played seven first-class matches. Other teams included England sides, the Gentlemen of Kent and Old Etonians.[2][3]

A number of matches below top-level were played, including the first by a team from Leicestershire.[4]

First mentions edit

Players who made their first appearances in 1791 included Lord Frederick Beauclerk, who went on to be an influential, albeit controversial, figure in the development of MCC,[5] and Charles Cumberland.

References edit

  1. ^ Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians (ACS) (1981) A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS.
  2. ^ a b England Domestic Season 1791 - Results, CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  3. ^ a b First-class matches in England, 1791, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2020-07-26. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Other matches in England, 1791, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2020-07-26. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Lord Frederick Beauclerk, CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-07-26.

Further reading edit

  • Altham, H. S. (1962). A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914). George Allen & Unwin.
  • Birley, Derek (1999). A Social History of English Cricket. Aurum.
  • Bowen, Rowland (1970). Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development. Eyre & Spottiswoode.
  • Major, John (2007). More Than A Game. HarperCollins.