Cambridge Cricket Club jug. 
Used by kind  permission  of 
Anthony Baer.
Dates of first recorded
cricket in Cambridgeshire
towns and villages
Cambridge University 
Wisbech 1744
March 1744
Eton v England 1751
Cambridge University 
Cambridge 1757
Royston 1764
Chatteris 1774
Newmarket 1788
Manea 1791
Thorney 1810
Newton 1812
Leverington 1812
Murrow 1812
Parson Drove 1812
Ickleton 1813
Bentwick 1815
Doddington 1815
Kingston 1815
Wimblington 1815
Elm 1816
Emneth 1816
Tydd 1816
Ely 1818
Duxford 1819
Bassingborn 1820
Tholomas Drove 1820
Wisbech St Mary's 1820
Bottisham 1821
Fulbourn 1821
Soham 1822
Abington 1822
Upwell 1823
Walsoken 1826
Longstowe 1826
Bourn 1826
Linton 1827
Chesterton 1828
Whittlesey 1829
Cambridgeshire 1832
Mepal 1832
Sutton 1832
French Drove 1834
Fordham 1834
Thorney Fen 1834
Ashley 1837
Burrough Green 1837
West Wratting 1837
Balsham 1838
Sawston 1838
Comberton 1839
Haslingfield 1839
Steeple Bumpstead 1839
Barrington 1839
Melbourn 1839
Willingham 1839
Camps 1840
Cheveley 1841
Newport 1841
Quy 1841
Outwell 1842
Chippenham 1843
Kirtling 1843
Grantchester 1843
Haddenham 1843
Barrington 1844
Over 1844
Littlington 1844
Foxton 1844
Swavesey 1844
Fowlmere 1844
Shepreth 1844
Harston 1844
Downham 1845
Thriplow 1845
Elsworth 1846
Toft 1846
Eversden 1849
Wimpole 1849
Arrington 1849
Burwell 1849
Swaffham 1849
Six Mile Bottom 1849
Harston 1849
Caldecote 1849
Shudy Camps 1850
Aldreth 1850
Babraham 1850
Waterbeach 1850
Horseheath 1850
Swaffham Prior 1851
Bluntisham 1852
Shelford 1853
Cambridge Clubs
Cambridge Cricket Club
Cambridge Fountain
Cambridge Castle
Cambridge Union
Cambridge Hoop
Cambridge Town CC
Cambridge Town &
County CC
Cambridge Britannia CC
Cambridge Hope CC
Cambridge Darts CC
Reformed 1851 & 56
Cambridge Town CC

Cambridge Cricket Venues 
Jesus Green
From 1757         
Parker's Piece
From 1792       
Jesus Close
 From 1805
Midsummer Common
From 1820
University private
ground Mill Rd      
Field behind Town Gaol
 From 1846
From 1848
Gallery One
The players
J H Dark - best known as proprietor of
Lord's cricket ground. Played for
Cambridge Cricket Club in 1819.
Frank Fenner - 1847 Frank Fenner - in old age. Picture from Recollections of Cricket by Frederick Gale
in The English Illustrated Magazine 1891
From The Caian 1927
Fred Thackeray - played for Cambridge University, Cambridge Town Club and in joint Cambridge Town/
University teams against MCC in 1839-43.

Town and University teams of Cambridge 1847by Felix (Permission of MCC Museum)
Group 1 - standing - Charles Arnold, Henry Cornwell, Alfred "Ducky Diver, John Walker(CU), J Leith (CU), Elphinstone Barchard (CU), Lord Burghley (CU), Richard Sedden (CU), William Hammersley (CU), Edward McNiven (CU); seated - John Crouch, Alfred Walker (CU)
Group 2 - Francis P Fenner, Edmund Blayds (CU), John M Lee, Robert T King, Charles Pryor, Arthur M Hoare, Frederick W Bell, Oliver C Pell, John Boning.
Group 3 - horseback - Thomas M Townley (CU), CW Fitzwilliam (CU); standing - Daniel Hayward,Charles Brown (Committee), Henry S Foster, Charles Winterton, Robert Ringwood, David B Edwards, Bill Robinson (policeman).
Players in red were associated with the Cambridge Town and County Club. John Crouch and David Bush Edwards had played for the Town team and pub clubs and were by this time umpires. Lee, King, Hoare and Pell were also CU players.
Alfred 'Ducky' Diver played for Cambridge Town Club(from1843), Camridge Town and County Club (1844-47), Cambridgeshire (1857-66), and the All England XI amongst others. By permission of MCC museum.


Thomas Hayward and Robert Carpenter            Thomas Hayward as portrayed
- stars of Cambridge Cambridgeshire and          in Pycroft's "The Cricket Tutor"
 English cricket 1850's-70's.                                                                               
          Originalsourceunknown. Copied fromRichard Daft's "Kings of Cricket"

Henry Perkins - Played for Royston, Cambridge County Club, Cambridgeshire in the1850's and 60's. Was secretary of the Cambridge County Club which organised several Cambridgeshire matches in the 1860's, for which he was generally captain. He went on to be secretary for the MCC. By kind permission of MCC Library

Fred Reynolds -of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Lancashire and All England Eleven 1850's-70's By kind permission of Keith Hayhurst
George Tarrant - Played for Cambridgeshire(1861-68), All England XI. Toured Australia (1863/4) and US and Canada (1868) - from "The Illustrated Sporting News", May 1863.

The 1868 England touring team to Canada and the US. Above John Smith and George Tarrant of Cambridgeshire are middle of front row and 3rd from right back row respectively. Below the 1868 team at Niagara Falls, which is a fantastic photograph with John Smith 2nd from right middle row.Picture from
Source of picture unknown.

Degree Morning, Cambridge, 1863 by Robert Farren
The interest in this picture is the inclusion of the two bowler-hatted figures at the back of the left hand group. They are Tom Hayward and Robert Carpenter (see above). Their inclusion indicates their social importance at that time since this is a picture of academic Cambridge with no specific relevance to cricket.


These two photographs of the Pembroke College XI's of 1886 and 1885 show George Harvey, one of the professional cricketers in the 1861 census for Cambridge (see home page), above - back row far right; below - far right.