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)
Hon. Capt. Liddell
Hon. Col. Lowwther
Capt. Rice R.N.
Ld. Chas. Russell
Hon. A. Saville
Those marked with an asterisk are K.S.
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.
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