Annals of Cricket: A Record of the Game Comp. from Authentic Sources, and My Own Experiences During the Last Twenty-three Years ...

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S. Low, Marston & Company, 1896 - Cricket - 268 pages
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Page 16 - And make a slip noose at the other extreme ; Then just underneath let a cricket be set, On which let the lover most manfully get. Then over his head let the snicket be got, And under one ear be well settled the...
Page 28 - I dispute their privilege of making butchers, coblers, or tinkers their companions, provided they are qualified to keep them company. But I very much doubt whether they have any right to invite thousands of people to be spectators of their agility at the expense of their duty and honesty.
Page 27 - Sep. 8. 1743, a writer complains that though " noblemen, gentlemen, and clergymen may divert themselves as they think fit," and though he " cannot dispute their privilege to make butchers, cobblers, or tinkers their companions," he very much doubts " whether they have any right to invite thousands of people to be spectators of their agility." For, " it draws numbers of people from their employment to the ruin of their families. It is a most notorious breach of the laws • — the advertisements...
Page 22 - Yet all in public, and in private strive To keep the ball of action still alive, And just to all, when each his ground has run, Death tips the v-iciet, and the game is done.
Page 16 - is a MS. (No. 264.) dated 1344, which represents a figure, a female, in the act of bowling a ball (of the size of a modern cricket-ball) to a man who elevates a straight bat to strike it ; behind the bowler are several figures, male and female, waiting to stop or catch the ball, their attitudes grotesquely eager for a ' chance.' The game is called Club-ball, but the score is made by hitting and running, as in cricket.
Page 15 - Leek, his chaplain, for the use of his son Prince Edward in playing at different games, is the following: — " ' Domino Johanni de Leek, capellano Domini Edwardi fil' ad Creag' et alios ludos per vices, per manus proprias, 100 s.
Page 28 - It is a most notorious breach of the laws, as it gives the most open encouragement to gaming; the advertisements most impudently reciting that great sums are laid...
Page 29 - Highnesses the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cumberland, the Duke of Richmond, Admiral Vernon, and many other persons of distinction. How pleasing to reflect that those sunny holidays we enjoy at Lord's have been enjoyed by the people for more than a century past ! But what were the famous cricket Counties in these twenty years ? The glory of Kent had for a while departed. Time was when Kent could challenge England man for man...
Page 20 - England, when once of peace and wealth possessed, Began to think frugality a jest ; So grew polite : hence all her well-bred heirs Gamesters and jockeys turned, and cricket players.
Page 28 - Then at this date cricket matches did excite the warmest interest, undoubtedly. ' Would it not be extremely odd to see lords and gentlemen, clergymen and lawyers, associating themselves with butchers and cobblers in pursuit of their diversions ? ' The writer then complains of the game being made, just as at Lord's now, ' the subject of public advertisement, to draw together great crowds of people, who ought all of them to be somewhere else.

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