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 Thursday July the 18th the match between our eleven & the Mary-lebone Club took place, much to the credit of Westminster – we were prevented from having a second innings on account of the weather – so it was made a one innings match. The M.C.C. beat us only by twenty-six runs, which in comparison with last year was a great improvement. In my opinion, however, cricket will never be the standard game at Westminster, for the water is so much more alluring an exercise, as to take from the number of would-be cricketers.
* The eleven elated with their success in the last cricket match accepted a challenge from the I Zingarees (and the school an early play for the match from Lord Paget) The I Zingarees beat us easily – for particulars see cricket ledger. The match took place on the fourth of July.
*After this match the eleven played the Marylebone Cricket Club. And were beaten in one innings by a large score – 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 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.
Col. Lowther was kind enough to ask Williamson for leave up to Lord’s cricket ground to play a return match with Mary-le-bone which with his accustomed generosity he refused.
F Byron Prin. Opp.
Vide Cricket Ledger
On Thursday the 11th of July a match was played at the fields between eleven of the Mary-le-bone, and 11 Westminsters, the day was beautiful, and afforded much amusement to the spectators, and after much good play, the match concluded in favour of the Mary-le-bone, who won by 44 runs.
Mary-le-bone 1st Innings 171
2nd innings 47
Westminster 1st innings 117
2nd innings 59
The names of the players were
* E. Richards
F. Byron Prin. Opp.
Those marked * are Q.S.
For further particulars vide Cricket Ledger.
On Tuesday July 17th A Match took place at the ground in Vincent Square between the Marylebone Club and Westminster for which vide Cricket Ledger &c –
G.F. Bentinck Prin: Opp.
The Marylebonne club, having advised us to send a challenge to the Harrow eleven it was accordingly sent on the 27th of July and refused in a very insulting manner.
E U Sealy