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
On Thursday July 26th the Annual Grand Match between the T.B.B. and Q.S.S. took place in which the former were beaten in one innings & 82 runs to spare. It was badly managed & the dinner anything but satisfactory – see Cricket Ledger.
On the 3rd of July a cricket match took place between our Eleven & the I. Zingari in which the latter won by upwards of eighty runs – (for particular see cricket ledg.)
The annual Lamprobatic match took place as usual. The town boys beating the Q.SS. by 30 runs (for particular see cricket ledg.)
I think it best to state here that seeing the low number of boys in the school a time ago & not anticipating the change of Master which has taken place, I have completed a copy of this Ledger (which was for that purpose begun by Joseph Preston our late Head TB) for my private possession so that if at any time damage or accident occur to this it can be replaced by application to me. The Cricket & Water Ledger I have not copied as they in most points agree with the QS. Ledgers.
The annual TB & QS cricket match was won this year by QS by 5 runs see Cricket Ledger__
The Lamprobatick between QS and TB was won by the later in one innings & 17 runs to spare
See also Cricket Ledger
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 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.
This year finding that the Town Boys were miserably few, being about the same number as the King-Scholars, and that it would be unfair that they should have to pay a bill nearly double that of the K.S. (as it has always been) I spoke to Somerset (the captain) saying that when the T.B.s were flourishing, it was fair that they should pay the larger share, but that now they were on a level with the K.S. It was but just the bills should be equally divided. This he allowed and promised to pay whatever was over from the K.S. After paying his own Bill. He was unable to do this & consequently I was obliged to collect the whole at great trouble & some loss.
Now I should advise future heads of the T.B. To make this proposition next year and should it be refused, which I should think it very improbably, as they cannot deny the justice of it, to go to Williamson and ask him so to arrange it, as I have no doubt he will, for what he said this year.
This was done in 1843. Before Whitsudntide. For particulars see Cricket Ledger of that year.
J. Preston. O.P.