Altho’ I was taken in the examination by Speerway, yet having been first when the ledger was handed over to me in August I of course continued to call myself head of the Town Boys, independant of any changes in the School, which rule holds good with respect to Cricket & Water –
W.G. Andrewes Prin. Opp.
On Tuesday August 3rd the annual match between TBs and KSs was played in Vincent Square in which the TBs were defeated by 51 runs. Eight of the QS eleven however were in the eleven & therefore had much the advantage over us. Besides we were deprived of the services of Deacon one of our best men, who was unavoidably kept away by illness. The play however, on both sides was very good. The day was beautiful and the spectators numerous.
The following were the players:
J Preston Senr
R. Preston Junr
For particulars vide Cricket Ledger
This year a very good thing was done in cutting down the match dinner from 1/5s to 12s -, & though I like a good dinner as much has any one, yet I think it perfect nonsense to have champagne &c at a cricket dinner. For no one can drink much champagne & play at Cricket properly afterwards.
On Monday July 12th & following days a match at cricket was played between the first and last half of the alphabet i.e. First A-M, last the rest. The first half was beaten with 6 wickets to go down. A return match was begun but owing to a good many fellows not being able to play it was not finished. As far as could be judged however the last half had much the best of it.
On Friday & Monday July 23rd & July 26th the annual Lamprobatick match took place. To which TB were defeated in one innings. On the TB side one of the best men was absent from illness. For particulars see Cricket Ledger.
On Tuesday June 29th 1841 the annual match between the present Westminsters and the Mary-le-bone club took place at Vincent Square. The day was showery but notwithstanding the game was kept up with great spirit on both sides. Unfortunately 3 of our best men were unavoidably absent, one however came at the latter part of the game and was of great service. Three of the Mary le Bone men were wanting, so they had 3 of our men instead. The spectators were not very numerous owning to the unfavourable state of the weather. The Marylebone beat us with 10 wickets to go down, which was not so bad, considering that 3 of our best men were absent. Of particulars see Cricket Ledger.
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.
W. G. Andrewes
R. G. Chalk
H. J. Glyn
J. A. Ogle
Scorers W. Karslake T.L. Williams
This year the T.B. Went in first.
* Home Boarder
For further particulars vide Cricket Ledger
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:
This marked with an asterisk are Home Boarders
For particulars of the score &c vide Cricket Ledger
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.
X For further particulars vide Cricket Ledger
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.
On Monday July the annual lamprobatic match took place between the TB and QS in which the latter were victorious by 100 runs.