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Source: Arthur Haygarth, 20 March 2013
Thomas Selby (dates unknown) was an English amateur cricketer who was active in the 1780s for Kent and recorded playing at Bourne Paddock in September 1790, scoring 8 and 13 runs and holding one catch in his only known first-class cricket appearance.
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.
Kent county cricket teams have been traced back to the 17th century but the county's involvement in cricket goes back much further than that. Kent, jointly with Sussex, is generally accepted as the birthplace of the sport. It is widely believed that cricket was first played by children living on the Weald in Saxon or Norman times. The world's earliest known organised match was held in Kent c.1611 and the county has always been at the forefront of cricket's development through the growth of village cricket in the 17th century to representative matches in the 18th. A Kent team took part in the earliest known inter-county match, which was played on Dartford Brent in 1709. Several famous players and patrons were involved in Kent cricket from then until the creation of the first county club in 1842. Among them were William Bedle, Robert Colchin and the 3rd Duke of Dorset. Kent were generally regarded as the strongest county team in the first half of the 18th century and were always one of the main challengers to the dominance of Hambledon in the second half. County cricket ceased through the Napoleonic War and was resurrected in 1826 when Kent played Sussex. By the 1830s, Kent had again become the strongest county and remained so until mid-century.
Bourne Paddock was a cricket ground at Bourne Park House, the seat of Sir Horatio Mann, at Bishopsbourne around 4 miles (6.4 km) south-east of Canterbury in the English county of Kent. It was a venue for first-class cricket matches from 1766 to 1790.
David Harris was an English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1782 to 1798.
Francis Booker was an English first-class cricketer who was born in the village of Eynsford, which is about eight miles north of Sevenoaks, in Kent. He lived his whole life there and kept the Soho Inn. His known career was from 1773 to 1790 and he is mentioned by sources in connection with a total of 53 top-class matches.
1790 was the fourth season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). It was a successful one for Hampshire who won all three of their known matches, two against All-England and one against Kent. Samuel Britcher, the MCC scorer, began his annual publication of A list of all the principal Matches of Cricket that have been played, a compilation of match scorecards. His 1790 edition features fourteen scorecards, including six from matches played at Lord's Old Ground, the MCC venue.
1800 was the 14th season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). It is one of the more difficult seasons to analyse because of several matches involving prominent town clubs like Rochester, Woolwich, Homerton, Richmond, Storrington, Montpelier and Thames Ditton.
1802 was the 16th season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Cricket by this time was being heavily impacted by the Napoleonic War. E. H. Budd, who went on to become one of the most famous batsmen of the early 19th century, made his debut in important matches.
1805 was the 19th season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Lord Frederick Beauclerk became the first batsman known to have scored two centuries in the same season.
1807 was the 21st season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). John Willes of Kent first tried to revive the idea of "straight-armed" bowling, which had originated with Tom Walker in the 1790s.
1822 was the 36th season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). John Willes brought the roundarm issue to a head and sacrificed his own career in the process. The outstanding batsman James Saunders made his known first-class debut.
1825 was the 39th season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The pavilion at Lord's was destroyed by fire. Many irreplaceable documents which recorded early cricket matches are believed to have been lost. The impact of this upon cricket's history is that it is only since 1825 that surviving records can be viewed with anything like complete confidence. Inter-county matches are recorded for the first time since 1796. Two of the greatest players of the 19th century, William Lillywhite and Ned Wenman, made their first known appearances in important matches.
1823 was the 37th season of cricket in England since the foundation of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Henry Bentley issued his Correct Account of all Matches, 1786–1822.
R. Whitehead was an English first-class cricketer with amateur status who was mainly associated with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). He was also a match organiser and, according to Arthur Haygarth, sometimes used the pseudonym "Long". Whitehead is known to have been an active player between 1785 and 1800. Fourteen of his matches are rated first-class by CricketArchive and, in these, Whitehead scored 201 runs with a highest score of 32 and held six catches.
Henry Crozoer was an English cricketer of the late 18th century who played for Kent. His name was sometimes given as Crosoer.
Henry James Tufton, 11th Earl of Thanet was a peer in the peerage of England and a noted English cricketer of the 1790s.
Richard Fielder was an English professional cricketer who made 20 known appearances in first-class cricket matches between 1790 and 1801.
Robert Stone was an English first-class cricketer with amateur status. He was born in Brixton and was initially associated with Surrey but he went on to represent other teams. The full span of his career is uncertain but he was definitely active between 1773 and 1780, playing in eight first-class matches. According to CricketArchive, Stone resurrected his career with two further matches in the 1790 season, but it cannot be said with certainty that this was the same man, especially as he seems to have moved from Surrey to Kent. There is nothing in the main source, Scores & Biographies, to suggest a link and he is always listed in its scorecards as "Stone, Esq." Stone's highest score of 35 was achieved in his first known appearance when he played for Surrey against Kent in 1773. CricketArchive credits him with 117 career runs and 3 catches.
Dandelion Paddock was a first-class cricket ground in Dent de Lion west of Margate, Kent. Sir Horatio Mann organised a number of matches there in the 1790s.
Walker was an English first-class cricketer who was active in the 1780s for Kent and recorded playing at Bourne Paddock in September 1790, scoring 0 not out and 0; and taking one wicket.
Edward Royd Rice was an English politician and first-class cricketer. He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Dover from 1847 to 1857. In cricket, he was associated with Middlesex and was active from 1826 to 1834, being recorded in two first-class matches in which he totalled 22 runs with a highest score of 13.
The Reverend George Dupuis was an English minister who was active as a cricketer in the 1780s and 1790s, making five known appearances in first-class matches. His batting and bowling styles are unknown.
East Kent and West Kent were titles sometimes given to two cricket teams from their respective areas of the English county of Kent which generally played in matches prior to the foundation of the official Kent County Cricket Club in the mid 19th century. West Kent teams have been recorded from 1705 but there is no known record of an East Kent team until 1781. There were seven major matches from 1781 to 1790 in which teams of this type faced each other, although there is doubt about the match titles with sources using different team names.
Arthur Haygarth was a noted amateur cricketer who became one of cricket's most significant historians. He played first-class cricket for the Marylebone Cricket Club and Sussex between 1844 and 1861, as well as numerous other invitational and representative teams including an England XI and a pre-county Middlesex. A right-handed bat, Haygarth played 136 games now regarded as first-class, scoring 3,042 runs and taking 19 wickets with his part-time bowling. He was educated at Harrow, which had established a rich tradition as a proving ground for cricketers. He served on many MCC committees and was elected a life member in 1864.
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