No 248

This year finding that the Town Boys were miserably few, being about the same number as the King-Scholars, and that it would be unfair that they should have to pay a bill nearly double that of the K.S. (as it has always been) I spoke to Somerset (the captain) saying that when the T.B.s were flourishing, it was fair that they should pay the larger share, but that now they were on a level with the K.S. It was but just the bills should be equally divided. This he allowed and promised to pay whatever was over from the K.S. After paying his own Bill. He was unable to do this & consequently I was obliged to collect the whole at great trouble & some loss.

Now I should advise future heads of the T.B. To make this proposition next year and should it be refused, which I should think it very improbably, as they cannot deny the justice of it, to go to Williamson and ask him so to arrange it, as I have no doubt he will, for what he said this year.

M.F. Osborn
Prin. Opp.

Note
This was done in 1843. Before Whitsudntide. For particulars see Cricket Ledger of that year.
J. Preston. O.P.

No 247

On Tuesday the 4th of August 1840 the annual grand match between the Town Boys & King’s Scholars was played in which the Town Boys were victorious by 45 runs. Thomas our best fielder was taken ill after dinner, and we were obliged to take in a fellow by chance & out him at a critical place, or we must have beaten them by many more. In consequence of this change many catches on our side were missed in our 2d hands wh. may account for the large number of runs obtained by Prout in his 2d Innings. The day was beautiful & the spectators numerous. There were amongst others Lord Gr Somerset, H.B. Curteis Esq., Rev. G. Andrewes, Sir J. Osborn Bt. &c &c. The dinner this year was provided by Bentley who gave general satisfaction. The following were the players.

Town Boys
W. G. Andrewes
J. Burton
F. Cooper
H.M. Curteis
*E. Deacon
J. Marshall
A. Merewether
M.F. Osborn
N.G. Smart
C. Templer
G. Thomas

Queen Scholars
R. G. Chalk
H. J. Glyn
M. Haggard
H. Ingram
W.L. Merewether
J. A. Ogle
J.F. Prout
L.C. Randolph
C. Roberts
G.R. Somerset
W. Templer

Scorers W. Karslake T.L. Williams

This year the T.B. Went in first.

M.F. Osborn
Prin. Opp.

* Home Boarder
For further particulars vide Cricket Ledger

No 246

On Friday and Monday, July the 24th & 27th 1840 the annual match was played between the Lamprobaticks & the T.B.s who had not played in the Grand Match, in which the Town Boys were victorious by 4 Runs. This triumph was the greater as we had not beaten them in the Lamprobatic match for several years, and they considered it quite a matter of course to be victorious. The following were the players:

T.B.s
*Colquhoun
*Deacon
Glyn
Goodenough
*Hallett
Karslake
Merewether
Marshall Sen
Marshall Jun
*Preston
Smart

K.S.
Cooper
Glyn
Goolden
Haggard
King
Milkshake
Ogle
Roberts
Simpson
Smith
Smythe

This marked with an asterisk are Home Boarders

For particulars of the score &c vide Cricket Ledger

No 245

On Thursday July 2d 1840. The annual Match between the present Westminster and the Mary-le-bone Club was played on our ground when the former were beaten in 1 innings and 61 runs to spare. Hodgson who had left Westminster only a few days played on our side at the request of the Mary-le-bone Club, but instead of getting a large score as he did when at Westminster he was unlucky, having been out of practice. A dinner was provided at 3 o’clock at the fields at the expense of the Mary-le-bone Club. The weather was unfavourable most f the time, & consequently the spectators were few. But there were C.G. Taylor Esq. (the [Supon?] Player) Honbl F. Ponsonby, Col. Lowther & family &c. They had several of their best players but the principal reason of our so severe defeat was that the K.S. Would not practice (except Somerset and another or two) and consequently their fielding was shameful. The following were the players: (for which see next page)

M.C.
B. Aislabie
J. Bastard
W. Bagge
G.F. Bentinck
Hon. Capt. Liddell
Hon. Col. Lowwther
A. Lowther
Capt. Rice R.N.
Ld. Chas. Russell
Capt. Richardson
Hon. A. Saville

Westminster
W.G. Andrews
N.M. Curteis
R.G. Chalk*
H.F. Glyn*
H. Hodgson
N. Ingram*
G. Thomas
W. Merewether*
M.F. Osborn
G. Somerset*
J.G. Prout*

Those marked with an asterisk are K.S.

N.B.
It is to be hoped that next year our eleven will be got together, & will practice earlier & more steadily. It is but justice to say that the Town Boys gave their best attention to it.

M.F. Osborn
Prin. Opp

X For further particulars vide Cricket Ledger

No 244

During the Summer Half (1840) the King’s Scholars challenged us to Play them at Rackets which we of course accepted and selected two from the T.B.s as they did on the part of themselves. Their Players were “Somerset” (Captain); “Merewether”. Ours were “Curteis” & “Osborn”. We played a Rubber & beat them, winning the 1st & 3d games easily. Curteis played particularly well. The K.S. Not being satisfied of their inferiority challenged us a second time, which we agreed to cheerfully. The result was similar, we winning the 2d & 3d games & the Rubber. After this the K.S. Challenged us no more.

M.F. Osborn
Prin Opp

No 243

When we came back after the Whitsuntide holidays, there having been some rain, and as we were going to play the Marylebone Club &c Beatley hired a heavy roller with a couple of horses to improve the ground where we were going to play the match. The expense was defrayed by a voluntary subscription of the T.B. & K.S. of 15d each.

M.F. Osborn
Prin Opp