1759 English cricket season

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1759 English cricket season

This article reviews what is known of the 1759 cricket season in England. Details have survived of three top-class matches, all played eleven-a-side between Dartford and the Rest of England.

Eleven-a-side matches

date match title venue result source
5–6 Sept (W–Th) Dartford v England XI Dartford Brent Dartford won [1][2]

Dartford had two given men, Tom Faulkner and Gascoigne of London.

6–7 Sept (Th–F) Dartford v England XI Dartford Brent All-England won [1][2]

This one was arranged immediately after the previous game finished at noon on Thursday. It is not actually known when the game finished so it is only an assumption that they played into Friday.

12 Sept (W) England XI v Dartford Laleham Burway Dartford won by 3 wickets [1][2]

The deciding match was scheduled for Wednesday, 12 September from an announcement in the Whitehall Evening Post dated Tuesday, 11 September.

Arthur Haygarth refers to this "tri-series" on page 2 of Scores & Biographies, but only to the two games won by Dartford. He appears to believe that only two games were played. He found the names of the players in both those matches in Bell’s Life dated 23 November 1845, but no scores.[3] Bell’s Life stated that the matches took place in 1765 and Mr Haygarth says another account has 1762, but it is evident that G. B. Buckley has got the dates (and the sequence) right as above.[2]

Dartford’s team, evidently unchanged in all three games, was: Tom Faulkner, Gascoigne (both London, given men), John Frame, John Bell (wk), Potter (long stop), Thomas Brandon, Thomas Bell, Goldstone, Killick, Stevens (possibly Lumpy Stevens), Wakelin.

The England team, also apparently unchanged, was: Burchwood (Kent), John Edmeads (Surrey), Gill (Bucks, wk), Thomas Woods (Surrey, long stop), Stephen Harding (Surrey), John Haynes (Surrey), Durling (Kent), Saunders (Berkshire), Allen (Middlesex), Nyland (sic, Sussex), Cheeseman (Sussex).

The main bowlers were stated to be Faulkner and Frame for Dartford; and Burchwood and Edmeads for England. The most intriguing names are Nyland, who could have been one of the Newland brothers or perhaps their nephew Richard Nyren; and Stevens, who may have been Lumpy Stevens. Richard Nyren and Lumpy Stevens were both aged 24 in 1759.

John Frame, who began in the 1740s, played on into the 1770s. He was generally considered the greatest bowler in England before Lumpy, Brett and Harris came along. John Edmeads, assuming it is the same man, was still playing for Chertsey and Surrey in the 1770s. Gill of Buckinghamshire is probably the wicket-keeper in the score-recorded Hampshire v England XI match of June 1772.


Played in the 1959 matches only

The following players all took part in the Dartford v England series, some of them playing in all three matches, but they are not mentioned elsewhere in sources. Burchwood was described as one of the main England bowlers along with John Frame. Potter fielded in the then-important position of long stop. Gascoigne was a London player and played for Dartford in the series as a given man.



  1. ^ a b c ACS, Important Matches, page 23.
  2. ^ a b c d Buckley, page 8.
  3. ^ Haygarth, page 2.

Source books

  • ACS (1981). A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS.
  • Buckley, G. B. (1935). Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket. Cotterell.
  • Haygarth, Arthur (1862). Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744–1826). Lillywhite.
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