A great many races have taken place this half, as well as cricket matches, Liddell very liberally giving “early Plays” when asked for among the Principal Races were between our Eight and the Leander, and also with the Old Westminsters. For further practicalities see Water Ledger & cricket etc.-
This last season Liddell declared he would allow no more match bats at the TB & QS match, as James had told him that they increased the bills so much.
I have not put in the races or anything about our cricket matches as they are all recorded in full in their respective Ledgers.
The Lamprobatick Match was played last week in which the TB were victorious as usual by 1 inning and several runs.
This day Au 5th was the annual Town Boy and Queen Scholar match which ended in favour of the latter by 17 runs. For further particulars see Cricket Ledger. The following are the names of the Players on the Town Boy side.
Hon E. Bourke
R. B. Berens Prin. Opp.
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
On Wednesday (June 25th /51) Liddell gave us an early play for the match between our eleven & I. Zingari – for particulars see Cricket Ledger.
Today (Ap. 30/51) our elevens played a match at Fields with an Old Westminster eleven in wh. we were victorious, the game being decided by the first Innings (v. Cricket Ledger). It may here be mentioned, that Liddell who it seems had led us to believe that we were to have an early play, sternly refused to grant it when the time came. He however at the petition of the Captain, with great liberality (?) granted us a late play.
On Saturday Aug 10th a match was played at our ground between our eleven & an eleven of Grimstone’s. It was won by the latter (our usual good luck) by 1 wicket to go down.
Everard Evered Prin. Opp.
On Thursday Aug 8th a match came off at our ground between our eleven & the Charterhouse. The challenge was given on our part; but some of the eleven thought it too low on the ground of Charterhouse not being a publick school. Blagden (Captain) & Ingram (1st Mon.) refused to play; but afterwards agreed, as Liddell on hearing it refused to give the early play on the following Saturday if they persisted in not playing. Liddell, I suppose, took it personally being a Charterhouse fellow. The match was not terminated but we had much the best of it when the wickets were drawn, as may be seen in Cricket Ledger