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Recent additions – Three England Touring Blazers from Vic Marks

We are very grateful to former England and Somerset bowler and cricket commentator Vic Marks, for donating three of his England Touring Blazers to the Museum during the monthly Walkers and Talkers Group event, today July 4th 2023.

Vic also spoke for two or three minutes on his memories of each tour.

Women’s U15 Cricket Memorabilia

We were very pleased to welcome former Somerset player and now Coach at Bath Women’s Cricket Club, Jan Godman to the Museum earlier this month (January 2023). Jan has very kindly donated some U15 Age Group memorabilia to the Museum. (Pictured with Jan, is Museum Volunteer, Patrick Draycott).

Amongst the items that Jan has donated were a 2002 team sheet and photo of the Somerset U15 team, including an ‘U12’ Anya Shrubsole and the Cup won by the West of England Women’s team in 1998 – the competition having, of course, now been superseded so that we now hold the cup in perpetuity.

The following additional notes were received from Mr Mark Gladman.

“The picture and scorecard referenced was for the under 15 team. It was taken at the match against Kent. I was at the match, and my daughter played. It was the county championship semi-final, played at King Edwards School in Bath. Somerset were without their best player, Steph Davies. I recall that she had an England training commitment. Somerset lost.

Whist Anya was identified as under 12, she was probably 10. My daughter was the next youngest, and was 11. 

This was in the first year of the Somerset Girls teams. The U17s started the following season.

The Girls U15 2002 County Championship season results were as follows;

Vs Isle of Wight @ Kingswood School, Bath: Somerset 156/3, IOW 33/10

Vs Devon @ Shobrooke Park, Devon: Devon 50/10, Somerset 51/7

Vs Hampshire @ Brownsword Ground, Bath: Hants 99/8, Somerset 100/6

Vs Essex @ The Peter May Sports Centre, Essex: Somerset 121/8, Essex 76/10

Vs Kent (semi-final) @ King Edwards School, Bath: Somerset 82/7, Kent 83/3

(Games were 30 overs)

Jan’s mother (Pat Sidefin) was the team manager.”

Somerset Women Cricketers Players Gallery – Sophie Luff

It was obvious from a very young age that a very determined Sophie would become an excellent cricketer. Sophie’s cricket journey started-out at her local Somerset village team, and at school.

She represented Somerset Girls squads, and rapidly progressed into the Somerset 1st team.  She is a prolific to-order batter, and has amassed the most runs ever scored by a Somerset Player: She has scored five centuries, with a top score of 138 not-out against Wales in 2015.

Not unsurprisingly Sophie’s performances caught the eye of the England selectors, and she was picked for the National Development squads as early as 2008, and has represented the England Academy and A teams on numerous occasions, including tours to South Africa, Dubai and Sri Lanka.

Sophie became Somerset Captain in 2016. In that same year she was selected to be part of the Western Storm squad in the inaugural season of the Women’s [KIA] Super League: She has winners medals from the successful 2017 and 2019 campaigns.

Sophie has also developed her coaching skills, and in 2018 became the Head Coach for the Women’s and Girls squads at Somerset.

In 2020 Sophie became captain of Western Storm, eventually turning professional. And in 2021 was named as captain of the Welsh Fire team in the inaugural season of the Hundred Competition.

Sophie continues to represent Somerset.

Somerset Playing Statistics

Playing Period:2009-presentBatting:RHB
Appearances:>130Bowling:RA-M
Runs:>4000

Wickets:<10

Somerset Captain:2016-present

Other Teams: England Academy and A Team’s, Western Storm, Welsh Fire, London Spirit, New South Wales.

Career Statistics

CompetitionWLAWT20
Matches100137
Runs scored3,4152,410
Batting average46.1428.69
100s/50s7/200/10
Top score157*78
Balls bowled296197
Wickets28
Bowling average130.5029.75
5 wickets in innings00
10 wickets in match00
Best bowling1/272/12
Catches/stumpings32/–42/–

Somerset Cricket Club Players Gallery – Vic Marks

Victor James Marks (born 25 June 1955) is an English sports journalist and former professional cricketer.

An off spin bowler, Marks played in six Test matches and thirty four One Day Internationals for England. His entire county cricket career was spent with Somerset, spanning the period between 1975 and 1989. Vic also played for Oxford University whilst a student and had one season playing in Western Australia, winning the Sheffield Shield 1986–87.

Vic Marks made his first-class debut for Somerset in the 1975 County Championship. Even in a Somerset side coming into a successful period, with high-profile players, notably Viv Richards and Ian Botham, Marks at times stood out, especially in List A cricket. In 1982 he was man of the match in the final as Somerset won the Benson and Hedges Cup, an achievement he repeated in 1983 as Somerset won the NatWest Bank Trophy.

Vic had a distinguished first-class career between 1975 and 1989 for Somerset. He also played a season for Western Australia in the 1986–87 season, winning the Sheffield Shield. In 342 first-class matches he took 859 wickets at 33.28, and scored 12,419 runs at a batting average of 30.29.

Somerset Cricket Club Players Gallery – Peter Roebuck

Peter Michael Roebuck (6 March 1956 – 12 November 2011) was A consistent county performer with over 25,000 runs, and captained Somerset between 1986 and 1988. During 1989, Roebuck also captained an England XI one-day cricket team in two matches.

Peter Roebuck was a right-handed batsman, often used as an opener, and occasionally bowled right-arm offspin. He played for Somerset’s second eleven at the age of 13 and regular first-class cricket from 1974 until his retirement in 1991. He later played Minor Counties cricket for Devon.

In 335 first-class matches he scored 17,558 runs at an average of 37.27, making 33 centuries with a highest score of 221*, and took 72 wickets at 49.16. In 298 one-day matches, he scored 7244 runs at 29.81 while taking 51 wickets at 25.09.

He became a controversial figure in 1986 when, at the end of his first season as captain of Somerset, he was instrumental in the county’s decision not to renew the contracts of its two overseas players, Viv Richards and Joel Garner, which also resulted in the departure of Ian Botham.

Somerset Cricketers Players Gallery – Gerry Tordoff

George Gerald “Gerry” Tordoff (6 December 1929 – 16 January 2008) played first-class cricket for Somerset, Cambridge University and the Combined Services in the 1950s and early 1960s.

He was a left-handed batsman who could open the innings or bat in middle order and a right-arm medium-pace change bowler and had two seasons of virtually full-time cricket in 1952 and 1955, but was otherwise restricted by his career in the Royal Navy to occasional matches. He was given leave of absence by the Navy to captain Somerset in the 1955 season, but when the season was over, he resigned the captaincy and never appeared again for the county side.

Photo from SCCC Players, Photographs and Statistics – available in the Museum and Library

Somerset Women Players 2000 – 2022


Captains.


Kath Wilkins 2000-01

 Hannah Lloyd 2002-08

Steph Davies 2009-10

Moira Comfort 2011

Anya Shrubsole 2012-16

Sophie Luff 2016-22


England Internationals.

 Caroline Atkins,

Sarah Collyer, 

Steph Davies,

Janet Godman,

Jackie Hawker,

Hannah Lloyd, 

Laura Harper,

Anya Shrubsole,

Frances Wilson

Katharine Winks

KSL* & Semi-Professional / Professional Player Era

Gwenan Davies

Lauren Filer  

Nicole Harvey (nee Richards)

Georgia Hennessy

Niamh Holland

Sophie Luff

Natasha Wraith


Overseas (Registered) Players

 Elwyn Campbell (Aus) 

Tamara Gould (NZ) 

Lizelle Lee (SA)

Magdelena Pokludova (CZE)

Isabelle Westbury (NHL)

Note. The appearance figures, and runs and wickets data identified below, are starting from the 2002 season. I have not currently been able to locate data from earlier years.

Most Appearances

> 100 Appearances> 75 Appearances> 50 Appearances
Sophie Luff (134)Lorraine Szczepanski (91) Nicole Harvey (nee Richards) (74)
Jackie Hawker (126) Moira Comfort (86)Lauren Shrubsole (69)
Jenny Withers (82)Beth Howe (62)
Anya Shrubsole (78)Georgina Adcock (62)
Frances Wilson (76)Cassie Coombes (60)
Georgia Tulip (53)
Steph Davies (52)

Highest Run Scorers

>4000 runs>2000 runs>1000 runs
Sophie LuffFrances WilsonAnya Shrubsol
Hannah Lloyd
Elwyn Campbell

Most Wickets

>100 wkts>75 wkts>50 wkts
Lorraine SzczepanskiJackie HawkerMoira Comfort
Anya ShrubsoleLauren Shrubsole
Nicole HarveyKate Randall
Jenny Withers

All Somerset Women Players 2000 – 2022

Georgina Adcock 
Lucy Allison 
Coleen Ashbee
Vicky Ball
Emily Bayliss 
Alice Bird
Pauline Black 
Tilly Bond 
Lauren Bowen-Jones 
Florence Broderick 
Zoey Cape 
Hannah Capes 
Olivia Churcher 
Carmen Clements 
Moira Comfort 
Cassie Coombes 
Helen Davies
Emily Dibble
Emily Edgecombe
Morgan Edwards 
Jodie Filer 
Bernadette Forge 
Emily Geach
Laura Gladman 
Emma Godman 
Emma Hadfield
Sophie Hamilton 
Olivia Hamilton 
Lola Harris 
Lily Hawkins 
Jess Hazell
Megan Hodkinson
Beth Howe 
Izzy Imlach
Daisy Jeanes
Emily Knight 
Sophie Le Marchand 
Phillipa Letchford 
Ellie Mitchell 
Rebecca Odgers 
Lisa Pagett 
Anna Parkinson 
Jennifer Poole
Kiri Purssy
Kate Randall 
Annie Riccio 
Jess Rice 
Gill Richards
Joleigh Roberts 
Emily Robinson 
Karla Rose
India Rose Owen
Lauren Shrubsole
Jess Smith
Lesley Smith 
Hannah Sparks 
Lorraine Szczepanski 
Hannah Thompson
Liz Tilley 
Becky Travers 
Georgia Tulip 
Lucy Turner
Charlotte Voden 
Jenny Wallace
Gwyn West
Sophia Westbury
Brooke Whittaker
Kathryn Wilkins 
Hannah Williams 
Judy Wilmot 
Katharine Winks
Jenny Withers

Grateful thanks to Mark Gladman for his research and provision of the above statistics

Huish and Langport Cricket Club


1950 – 2 members were elected to stand as Carnival Representatives to attend meeting called by British Legion to discuss the possibilities of running a summer carnival: Playing record Won 9 Lost 9 Drawn 1: Treasurer report – balance £19-10-07: George Tilley was grounds man:

1951 – Won 8 Lost 9 Drawn 1: 2 New members were welcomed during the season – Colonel Gayer & Mr Lee the latter winning the batting cup: £50 profit was made on four dances held:

1952 – Won 6 Lost 9 Drawn 1: Highest Individual score 56: E W Trott captured 46 wickets @ 5.78: Mower Fund – Realising the necessity of having to purchase a new motor mower in the future, it was agreed to transfer the sum of £10 from General funds to a “Motor Mower” account. It was further agreed that from date, 50% of the proceeds of all functions organised by the Club, be paid into this account:

1953 – Won 7 Lost 7 Cancelled 7

1954 – Won 5 Lost 10 Drawn 1 Cancelled 9: Indoor practice – the White Lion offered use of the skittle alley at a cost of 5/- per night, however this later took place at Huish Church Room!

It was also agreed to have sheep on the ground but before allowed in the field the grounds man was to rope/fence off the wicket in such a manner that it be protected.

1955 – Won 1 Lost 17 Drawn 1 not a good playing season – John Marsh winning the bowling cup with 25 wkts

1959 – Mick Strang scored 691 runs in all winning him a bat in the County Gazette competition, and both he and John Marsh might well have been in the running for other prizes had their high scores in the last two matches come before the closing date of competition. Won 13 Lost 9 Drawn 2.

1960 – Won 3 Lost 17 Drawn 3 – An unfortunate accident kept John Marsh been out of action for some time.

1961 – Won 13 Lost 11 Drawn 3: Following the wet autumn in 1960 any kind of work on the ground was impossible and which later on showed up in some oddest pitches which reflected in our scores of 49, 33, 44 and 61: 30 different players were used during the season.

1962 – Won 19 Lost 7 Drawn 2: M.Strang scoring 798 runs with a H/S of 113*, Paul Honey with 26 wickets of which 10 were taken before his 15th birthday, been the youngest bowler ever to win the bowling cup:

1963 – Schools match Somerset v Cornwall took place on the ground. Won 12 Lost 9 Drawn 2 Cancelled 5: During the summer the pavilion was repaired and the seats renewed.

1964 – Won 13 Lost 5 Drawn 6: During the winter we have had several very pleasant and profitable (to the club0 gatherings at the “Rose & Crown”: Paul Honey took 60 wickets, Cliff Strang father of Mick played a few games.

1965 – Won 12 Lost 4 Drawn 6: Graham Parker made 896 runs at aver of 81.45 with a top score of 102*

1966 – Several of last year’s regular players –the Bennett’s having gone to Australia, Paul Honey is at college and Chris Harwood is still on crutches. There is no resource of promising youngsters at School, nor will there be for another year or so! Won 10 Lost 6 Drawn 3: Debut season for TOBY!!!!! And Gordon Adams now landlord of UNICORN.

1967 – Won 9 Lost 9 Drawn 2 Cancelled 5 Abandoned 2: Rodney Long taking the bowling cup with 47 wickets. With Ken Brake taking the batting award.

1968 – Won 10 Lost 19 Drawn 3 Abandoned 2: We obtained a gang mowers from the Education Committee at a reasonable price and an interest free loan from the Somerset Supporters Club to pay for it. We were able to pull it round the field by the kind offer of Messrs. Lloyd (Tractor) and Atkins (Land Rover) Anew grounds man mower also enabled the pitch to be cut rather better than before. A new trophy for a Single Wicket Competition was presented by Cliff Strang

1969 – Vice-presidents – it was agreed to send out a letter to a selected list of people, the Treasurer to be responsible. Won 13 Lost 8 Drawn 8: Rodney Long taking 77 wickets.

1970 – Won 7 Lost 9 Drawn 8:

1971 – Won 8 Lost 8 Drawn 7: A hockey pitch had been laid out but up till now the School has made very little use of it.  The pavilion was repainted by boys from the Remand Home and the guttering replaced.

1972 – Committee was formed consisting of Sec, Treasurer, Capt, V/Capt, Messrs, Brake and Woodfield.

When was the league started? 1973
When did we become members of the league? 1976
What years did we win the various leagues or get promoted from them?

1977 finished R/up: 1981 Div 4 League Winners: 1997 Div 6 League Winners: 2003 & 2006 League R/up:

 year did we start a girls team? 2009

1973 – After much discussion it was decided to canvass opinion among members regarding holding a club dinner in the autumn, enquiries for suitable venues would be seeked.

Presentations – It was proposed and seconded that Mr John Lloyd be contacted and asked if he would be prepared to raise a team for an exhibition match against the club, this would precede long service Presentations to Mr Lloyd senior and Mr. Pitman. The committee decided to investigate the possibility of either an inscribed Tankard or Pen for the presents. The suggested date for the match would be 13th May 1973.

9th July – Rodney long offered his resigned from the Club Captain role.

Following an extraordinary meeting of the committee Mr M Strang was appointed as captain with Messrs A.Strang and C.Leggett as joint vice-captains.

19 Dec- Xmas Bingo – Members were asked to bring along oil lamps as the Huish area was on high risk on this night for power cuts!

1974 – Club Dinner held in Feb.

1975 – Club Dinner reported a loss of £23.00 – The committee decided that in an effort to reduce the clubs expenses and avoid a further loss the Dance provisionally booked at the Red Lion, Somerton should be cancelled and a fresh booking made at the Langport Arms, it was also proposed that the club should hire Barry pitcher’s group at a cost of £40.00 this was later agreed to be £35.00 –

  • Pavilion equipment to be transferred to the wooden tea hut and future teas would be taken into pavilion.
  • Indoor nets were held at the County Ground with Huish Church Car Park used as the pick up point for members, non driving members were asked to pay 10p per trip to the drivers to help cover Petrol costs.
  • First Aid Kit was purchased.
  • Latest date for application for 1976 Somerset League entry was confirmed as 13 Nov 1975.
  • At a later Extraordinary General Meeting it was decided by secret ballot resulting in 8 votes in favour of joining the league and 1 against.

1976 – Coaching at Millfield School – It was agreed that £5.00 per candidate should be paid from club funds the overall course cost been £9.00

  • Pavilion Expansion – Brief ideas on the expansion and development were provided by Mr. Pitman.
  • Secretary visited the School and further to discussion with the Head Master, there appeared to be plenty of goodwill and talent available, it was therefore decided to allot Monday’s for coaching young boys.
  • Club Dinner – Ashley Guest House had provided a quote of £3 per person including vat and service charge for the event on 10 April. However following insufficient support the event was cancelled and substituted with a Beer and Skittles evening at the Dolphin.
  • 01 June – Meeting held with the Parish Council and Cricket committee to discuss Repairs to pavilion roof and other possible improvements.
  • 26 Aug – Mike Spearpoint provided an estimate of £3,000, this was broken down in provisional sums for Drainage, Plumbing, Electrical and Roof repairs.
  • Match Fees were 50p per match with juniors paying 25p: Subscriptions were £2.50 with juniors  75p

1977 – We had the chance of purchasing Tractor TVO Ferguson in excellent condition for £150 – Mr Leggett and Mr Lloyd were authorised to go an inspect the vehicle, with the former given the Committee’s approval to purchase. 29 Nov – it was confirmed that the club had purchased the tractor.

  • The club entered a Six-a-side Indoor League at Huish Episcopi School.
  • Bingo fees increased.
  • Final plan of pavilion additions was presented by Rodney Long and terry Haggett proposed to take copies.
  • It was decided to offer a fee of £7 for approx 26 persons teas, both Jim Gaylard and Cliff Leggett knew of interested parties.
  • Mrs Harwood later accepted the role of tea provider.

1978 – 22 Aug – Special Meeting called to discuss recent problems that had occurred within the club that had resulted in the Club Captain Rodney Long indicating that he no longer wished to play for the club. This concluded in both R.Long and B.Cox withdrawing there club services.

  • Club pavilion extension well underway with the main sewer connection to be completed by end of Feb 1979
  • Working parties on Sunday mornings through the winter period were requested in order to complete extension by the start of next season.

1979 – Teas provided by Mrs T.Haggett who was paid £8.50 per match.

1980 – Window fitted in Score box to assist the services of Mrs Bennett the club scorer.

1981 –

1982 –

1983 – Proposed sale of St Mary’s Park site could well provide the club with problems.

Please find herewith detailed below further club history from the archives.

1987 – 23 Feb – Letter from Bishops Drive residents with reference to fencing plans.

1987 – 6 March – Council’s Fence Grant Hopes – The saga over proposed fencing around Langport cricket pitch could be coming to a close! Langport Parish Council agreed to apply on behalf of the club to SSDC for a 50 per cent grant towards the cost of the work. It came down to a casting vote of the chairman Robert Webb. Residents in that area complained of big-hitting batsmen knocking cricket balls into their gardens.

1987 – 9 October – Race Night held at the Red Lion, Somerton tickets £2. Plus – 30 October – Dinner Dance @ County Ground.

1988 – Tour to Gloucester

     – 16 February it was agreed to purchase Protective Fencing from Bridport Gundry as per quotation received. 65 feet long x 5 metre high with 2” mesh plus 6 x 7ft poles and 6 x I mtr Sleeves.

     – 15 May – Ashill & Ilton 2nd X1 v HLCC 2ND X1 played on 1 May 1988. – HLCC made an official complaint following the match been abandon when we were in control of the game and likely to gain further points.

     – 9 September – Fencing wrangle hit for six? The long running wrangle over proposed fencing around the club’s ground may soon be over – much to the relief of people living nearby. LPC held out an olive branch saying it might pay towards fencing if it knew the costs. Previously they had said it was SSDC responsibility because it allowed homes to be built near the ground.

     – 26 September – Club Chairman Cliff Leggett regrettably advised that due to the burden of work at Small Moors he would have to resign from the chairmanship next season and the club should seek a successor.

1989 – 5 June – Donation of a Mower from Ted Perry

     – 9 Aug – Reward for Burt the retriever, the dog owned by the club’s honorary life president and ex grounds man George Tilley was presented with tins of “chum” as his reward for finding cricket balls hit into hedges.

1990 – Tour to Gloucester

1991 – LPC Carry out repairs to pavilion

1992 – Following the sad passing away of Jim Gaylard, Mrs Eileen Marsh kindly took over the Treasurer role. Richard Perry sadly due to illness resigned from cutting the outfield. Membership Fees were raised to £5.

     – Occupants of 33 Eastover- Mutilate hedge to make an illegal entry on to the cricket field.

1993 – Major Machinery repairs to gang mowers – £1223-91

03 March – Letter received from Prime Minister John Major following our letter of 1 March seeking funds.

17 August – Letter received from House of Commons following a grant from Foundation for Sport and the Arts towards repair of mowers and tractor.

1994 – Triple sponsorship fro club from Langport Arms, Ruby’s Taxi and Richard Fairhead Accountancy. These sponsors names will appear on new club sweaters and shirts.

06 Feb – Fred Trueman, David LLOYD AND Graham Gooch – held a cricketing nostalgia evening at the octagon Theatre.

A Successful Charity evening was held via a Race Night at the Langport Arms, for which the club donated £500 to the rare disease, ATAXIA TELANGIECTASIA for which both Richard & Chris Perry suffer. £782.20 proceeds went to the club.

Ian Marsh returned the remarkable figures of 8 for 1 against Hardington as they were dismissed fro just 28.

Purchase of Metal Container – to be used for housing club machinery.

1995 – Tour to Cornwall

     – 26 Sept – Meeting with Parish Council to discuss protective netting and lease

1996 – Langport Arms provide teas

– 14 Nov – “Fearful parent bowls Langport Town Council a googly” – John Constable of Bishops Drive complained of a barrage of cricket balls, says he is stumped by these cricket balls landing in his front garden. He dealt the TC a sticky wicket after claiming he had been battered, bruised and knocked unconscious. The TC DENIED IT WAS HIS COUNCIL’S RESPONSIBILITY SAYING IT HAD ALREADY CONSULTED WITH ITS SOLICITOR ON THE MATTER, INDICATING IT TO BE THE CRICKET CLUB RESPONSIBILITY OF PUTTING UP NEW NETS! However the TC had agreed at its last meeting to partly fund a proposal of new ten-metre nets made by the club, the cost been in the region of £8,000.

– 21 Nov – Cricket club bats back in ball row – Cliff Leggett Club Chairman responded to complaints from Bishop Drive resident, he said that the blame should lie entirely with the District Council which gave Bishops Drive to go ahead, despite strong objections from both HEPC & LTC, pointing out that the cricket club had been playing on the memorial ground for many, many years while the cul-de-sac was developed only ten years ago (1986) The developer was allowed to not put any protective fencing up, however the DC said the proximity of the houses to the cricket ground would have been taken into consideration by the committee handling the planning application ten years ago (1986)

1997 – Club interested in setting up a youth section, it was decided to make a Household drop via local newsagents.

– Godfrey Keirle donates a Roller.

– 26 Feb – Meeting with TC To finalise Ground lease

– 25 July – Race Night – proceeds to Club funds and Huish Episcopi Primary School Computer Fund.

– 9 July – Nick Owen (North Newton) accuses Barry pitcher of blatant cheating whilst umpiring in match played on Sat 5th July.

1998 – Club stumped by vandalism – The club which could not be bowled out by the weekend’s torrential rain found instead that an act of vandalism left the club stumped. A cricket match on Sunday at field road ground had to be cancelled – not because of the bad weather but because vandals turned on the sprinkler system the night before and flooded the pitch the flood been discovered at 10am the next day when the grounds man made his checks for Sunday’s game. The level of vandalism at the ground has steadily risen over the last two seasons and the club says it is now beyond control. Roof tiles have been broken, windows smashed, nets protecting neighbouring Bishops Drive damaged and the pitch made into a mud bath, even the battery from the clock probably worth just £1 was stolen while the grounds man was mowing the pitch.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary – via Somerton Police Station – Are aware of the names of the youths apparently involved and investigations are continuing.  

  • 28 Jan -Huish Episcopi School back club Junior cricket

1999 – 16 Feb – Further pavilion criminal damage caused.

– Youth Football allowed at top of cricket ground

Kidmore End Cricket Club – 150 Not Out

1863 – 1900

It was in June 1863 that it was decided to found a cricket club in Kidmore End, or inKidmore as it was then known. The first meeting ever to be convened was held at the Schoolroom on 19th July of that year for the purpose of framing the club rules. Either the weather was kinder in those days or cricketers cared less about muddy wickets, but one of these rules laid down that the season should commence on the first Monday in April and end on the first Monday in October. A record exists of games having been played as late as 13th October. Practice was to be held on Monday and Friday evenings and the Club started its career with “4 bats, 2 balls and stumps, etc.” presented by the Vicar (the Revd J. W. Cobb).

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