Cricket Club 15 June 1840.
A club was formed to play on Mr Gorley’s Maison Dieu field. Club met at Broadbridge’s Albion Hotel.
Fuller Pilch Played in match at the above on July 10, 1840
Reports on matches with scores (Dover Telegraph 4 Sep 1847 p.8 cols 2 and 3) (Dover Telegraph 11 Sep 1847 p.8 col.3)
1847 10 line report on cricket match between Royal Artillery and a local team (Dover Telegraph 25 Sep 1847 p.8 col.2)
“photo of Dover Cricket Ground, from the Hollingsbee collection”
CRICKET on a Sabbath
John ELLIS and others were convicted at Dover of playing cricket in the parish of Charlton on the Sabbath. He (J.E.) and WILSON were put in the stocks for 3 hours for not being able to pay the fine.
(Kentish Gazette 31.8.1821 p.4 col.4)
A RETURN MATCH
the return match between the Gentlemen of Dover, and the officers of the Garrison was played on the heights yesterday, when from the great score made by the former in the first innings little doubt was entertained as to it terminating in their favour heading their opponents 70, but in a second innings superior batting of Lord Fitzroy Lennox and Mr Freer … aided by the attack and fine bowling of the latter gentleman, the Garrison came off victorious, winning by 36. The scene was enlivened by the presence of several ladies which, together with the much admired brass band of the 43rd Light Infantry, added greatly to the day’s enjoyment. We understand the conquering match will be played on Monday next”. (Dover Telegraph, 15th September 1838 page 8, column 3)
Monday 20 Aug 1798
“This afternoon a match of Cricket was played in the Northfall meadow – the Sussex men against Dover and Deal who were beat by the Sussex in one innings and had 30 runs to spare.
(Thomas Pattenden diaries)
GRAND MATCH of CRICKET BETWEEN River and Calais.
On Tuesday and Wednesday last, one of the most interesting games ever played in this part of the county came off at River, in a field belonging to Mr Coleman between eleven Nottingham gentlemen from Calais (weavers) and eleven gentlemen belonging to the River cricketing club. Large numbers of persons flocked to the scene and at one time there could have been no less a number than 3,000. The following is the score Calais: first innings 37. second innings 81. River: first innings 71, second innings 48. The return match is to be played at Calais on 29th inst.
(Kentish Gazette 16 June 1840 page 3 col.3)
In the 1840s, families from Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire came down to Kent, and travelled to Calais where they were able to obtain work in the lace-making / machine weaving / frame-knitting industry. When times became more difficult, some returned to England, some staying in Dover).
CRICKET with Bowling and Dancing
700 people saw a match of cricket was played Tuesday last at Waldershare between two of the Branch Clubs of the Halcomb Association, in a field adjoining the Park which had been previously mowed and rolled for the occasion and a large and commodious booth erected for accommodation of the ladies. At eleven o’clock the cricketers arrived; the wickets were pitched and the first innings completed by two o’clock at which time upwards of 600 of Mr Halcomb’s friends were on the grounds, with town band playing a variety of popular airs and overtures. The whole then sat down to a cold collation, after which they assembled in front of the booth and drank the King and the Royal family, the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports etc. with the usual honours, when the health of John Halcomb Esq was proposed and drank with three times three hearty cheers. The cricketers then went in for a second innings, it was decided at half past five in favour of the packet-boat branch club (scores then given). Umpires Messrs HAYES and BURBRIDGE, scorers Messrs S. HAMBROOK and J. GRIGGS. At six o’clock the party took tea at the Guilford Arms Tavern and gardens, after which they retired, preceded by the band to the Bowling Green in the Wilderness where quadrilles and country dances were kept up until dark. The weather was remarkably fine during the whole of the day which induced a great portion of the beauty and fashion of Dover to be of the party. The Belvedere in the Wildnerness, the booth, and many of the trees were decorated with the banners of the Association. Although but one day’s notice was given, upwards of 700 persons and 65 carriages arrived in the course of the day, the return of which at night through the villages of Buckland and Charlton presented a lively and interesting cavalcade.
(Cinque Ports Herald 29 July 1826, p.3 col.2)