No. 292

Westminster & Charterhouse 1876

For Cricket matches considered from a Cricket or scientific point of view, the Cricket ledger is undoubtedly the proper place. Other views of the game, the social aspects, & such matters find more fitting place here. On Saturday July 22 1876, The Eleven left Waterloo by the 8.10 train am, but we are anticipating. There is a consideration necessary before Cricket as everything else, namely Breakfast. This meal was provided in each of the houses & in College Hall, to the inmates of the houses & to the Queens Scholars who were to play or score etc.

From the manner in which the meal was served some might be gained into the character of the different masters. Mr James, provided a decent breakfast for the members of his house taking an interest in Cricket as it is fit & proper that a master should. Mr Jones with his accustomed meanners [sic] provided a meagre fare for the cricketers belonging to his household. The college authorities supplied ordinary breakfast. Now this may seem a trifling matter, & one unworthy of being put down on paper, but at the same time it probably helped in so small degree to turn the fortunes of the day. We arrived at the Station at about 10.10 & there found a break to convey us up the hill. The heat was something fearful. Every particle of green or rather what ought to have been green was covered with dust, or parched up by the sun. The ground was dry as dry could be.

No. 291

Lamprobatics resulted this term in an easy victory for town boys, this being generally the case. Some disappointed QSS writes to the Elizabethan & says ‘it isn’t fair’. We don’t see why not. For particulars of this match & other matches played this term vis. MCC, I Zingari, Lords & Commons, Charterhouse, etc vide Cricket Ledger

No. 290

On Wednesday July 26th the TB & QS boat race was rowed & won by the latter. A mistake was made on our part, in putting 3 Cricket fellows in the Right for the race, which was doubtlessly owing to the superintendence being in the hands of the ‘Cox’ of the Eight who couldn’t be supposed to know much about such matters.

No. 289

Owning to the Pigheadedness of the Captain of Water, the Richmond day, when a Cricket Eight, 2 boating eights, & an Old Westminster eight go up to Richmond & dine was not observed this year. It is needless to add the Captain of Water was a Queen’s Scholar anxious to let everybody know that he had some influence in School affairs which they certainly would not otherwise have discovered.

No. 287

Cricket has not been flourishing this term. Almost all the matches played have been lost and it becomes more & more manifest day by day that Cricket & Boating cannot both live at Westminster. From the small number of 200 there are not sufficient fellows for both. One must go to the wall. That Cricket should be done away with no one could ever think of suggesting, Boating has long been regarded as a feeble pretence & a refuge for the destitute.

Without Tubbing from the stairs between Schools we could never have a decent Eight, & as there appears no chance of ever obtaining leave for that – the evening boating which only consists of about three quarters of an hour ought to be abolished. Objections might be raised from on various grounds. Some might say that if Westminster was to be represented in the Varsity Eight, boating at School was necessary. It is however a well known fact that the first instruction given to a freshman at Oxford & Cambridge is to forget all the Rowing he ever knew, if he has boated before. And many men in the crews of both ‘Varsities’ have never touched an oar before they went up. Others might say what are all these fellows to do, when there is no boating to occupy their time. To provide sufficient amusement it is true a considerable amount of addition ought to be made up fields, in the shape of more lawn tennis, fives courts & racket courts (up fields) all of which there ought to be. The younger of course would be obliged to play cricket & the infusion of new blood would soon make itself felt in the Eleven.

The Older ones who had reached the Shell without discovering the Vein of Cricket within them, would then be able to turn themselves to the above mentioned occupations, but it is pretty certain that there would be only a few who having once experienced the pleasures of Cricket, would ever desert it. The abolition of boating, unless ‘Between School Tubbing’ can be brought about, & by this means the improvement of Cricket ought to be a consideration to all.

No. 286

Green seems to afford a constant source of occupation to Workmen without anything to do. In the Easter term it presented the appearance of a Barley field. This term at the beginning it appeared like a bad crop of grass, & now the grass has been destroyed & they have raked the surface afresh. Some of talk of turning it into a kitchen garden to provide the Canons with fresh vegetables was rife at the beginning of term, but at any rate there does not seen much likelihood of It being fit for football in the Winter.