On Wednesday July 19th there was a whole holiday (with the exception of school fr. 8-9) for the ‘Busby dinner’ &c Charter House match, which was played at Lords & which resulted in an easy victory for the Westminsters. On the account of last years match the total absence of old Westminsters is mentioned but this year there were very many of them on the ground. Vidal scored 54 and his bowling was fortunately very good.
The annual Charterhouse match came off this year at Lord’s on the 20th July: and, sad to say, with the same melancholy result as last year for after a gallant fight Westminster was defeated with several wickets to go down on the part of her adversary. It is to be hoped that a successful effort will be made to break off this match on the removal of Charterhouse to Godalming, for ample evidence of this dislike that is felt for it on all hands was given by the total absence of the Old Westminster element from the ground: and at any rate if it be necessary so to compromise our position by assenting to the contest, it should always have a favourable result for us.
On July 29th the annual Charterhouse match took place at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Westminster was the winner, having an innings + a few runs to spare.
Our usual Football match with Charterhouse was not played this year, as a difficulty arose as to where it should be played.
The Foot-ball Eleven was made up soon after the Athletic Sports, being as follows.
T. Dixon. Capt. QS.
A G. Lee TB.
du Pré. QS.
W. E Eastwich TB. H. Grant’s
E. Miller T. B.
H. Bickmore Q.S.
E. Lee T. B.
C. Smith T. B.
We played Charterhouse who played very well. After playing for some time, during which we decidedly had the best of it, one of the Carthusians who was distinctly outsiding kicked a game, which they claimed + Dixon gave it then, as they persisted it was not outside. We tried very hard afterwards to get a goal or a game but did not succeed.
“The Charterhouse Football match” was played on the 22nd of Nov. It was a very hard game, Westminster had the best of it but could not succeed in getting a game so the match was drawn.
F. Lucas. Capt.
G. Lee TB.
J. Dixon QS.
J Darcy. TB.
S F Lucas Prin. Opp.
The Charterhouse Football Match was decided in favour of Westminster two goals to one. Westminster had the strongest team by far: but Charterhouse having placed 3 men in goals it was almost impossible to obtain one.
J F Lucas Prin. Opp.
On Wednesday 2nd December the Charterhouse Eleven made their appearance Up Fields for the 1st time. It was a miserable day – pouring with rain and so windy that the ball was “out” every minute in spite however of these difficulties the match was a very spirited on. The result of about an hour’s play being that Westminster got two games and Charterhouse 0.
I received a challenge from Charterhouse the other day in which Parish, the Captain of the Charterhouse Eleven said that they were anxious to gain their lost laurels, which I answered to the following effect, that as the Old Westminsters were for the most part averse to the match it was not possible to continue it, by that means I don’t suppose the Captain of the Eleven will be troubled any more with a challenge.
Several Cricket matches have been played at Fields during the last & present month (June & July /51) viz with Charter-House, Master’s Eleven, & Marylebone in the latter of wh we beat to everyone’s astonishment. Vid. Cricket Ledger