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 Two
Matches Scenes and Buildings

Children playing on the College Backs in Cambridge c 1838
Thankyou to Cambridgeshire Collection for this picture
I like to think that this picture illustrates my not particularly original thesis that the presence of top class cricketers such as Fenner and Boning of the Cambridge Town and County Club and Caldecourt and Redgate, professionals for the University Club, inspired enthusiasm for the game amongst children in the town thus paving the way for future top class cicketers to develop.

Cricket on Parker's Piece 1854 as reproduced in The Cambridge University Cricket Club1820-1901 by W J Ford
Note the general sense of mayhem which seems to have been the norm on Parker's Piece.

The University Arms 1840 From University Arms billhead

The University Arms Hotel, Parker's Piece, Cambridge 2009. This hotel was quite new in 1840 at a time when cricket in the town was hitting one of its peaks as is indicated by the presence of cricketers in the background of the picture from that date. The Cambridge Town and County Club's first general meeting was held there and I assume that the game was good for business..
1830                                                                     2009
From Hoop Hotel billhead - thanks to Cambridgeshire Collection
The Hoop Hotel, Cambridge,home of the Hoop Cricket Club 1827-30 sadly is no more, although the upper facade is still clear to see.

Here are three pictures of cricket on Parker's Piece. The top picture is dated as being from 1846. Charles Box, in his "Theory and Practice of Cricket" (1868) stated that there was a picture of a Smokers v Non-smokers match hanging in the University CC club-room, which may be this picture. Bottom left is a photograph of a similar painting that I have not yet dated. The third picture (Bottom right) is dated as being from the 1860's, but is again based on the same basic picture. I would like to know which of the first two, if either, is the original. (Pictures from Cheffin and Chalk Auction catalogue, Cambridge Records Office and MCC)