Cambridge Cricket Club jug. 
Used by kind  permission  of 
Anthony Baer.
 
Dates of first recorded
cricket in Cambridgeshire
towns and villages
 
Cambridge University 1710
Wisbech 1744
March 1744
Eton v England 1751
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
?-1826
Cambridge Fountain
1822-27
Cambridge Castle
1822-37
Cambridge Union
1822-31(33?)
Cambridge Hoop
1827-30
Cambridge Town CC
1838-43
Cambridge Town &
County CC
1844-48
Cambridge Britannia CC
1850's
Cambridge Hope CC
1850's
Cambridge Darts CC
1850's
Reformed 1851 & 56
Cambridge Town CC
1861

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      
 1821-30
 
Field behind Town Gaol
 From 1846
Fenner's
From 1848

My Research So Far

So far my research has consisted mostly of trawling local newspapers, consulting the wonderful Cambridgeshire Collection at Cambridge Central Library, and reading any book that I think may contain relevant information.  Some of this has been courtesy of the Cambridge University Library, which also houses the fascinating Cambridge University CC archives.
 
   
Cambridgeshire Cricket 1700-1848
 
Pre 18th Century - a first possible reference to cricket in Cambridgeshire:
Copied from www.dinglenews.com
            
1616  - Oliver Cromwell went up to Sidney College Cambridge in 1616 where he is said to have "spent much of his time......at foot-ball,cricket and other robust exercises, for his skill and expertise in which he was famous." (From A New and General Biographical Dictionary; containing An Historical and Critical Account of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Persons in every Nation; Particularly the British and Irish [Ö] Vol. III. London. Printed for T. Osborne [Ö] M DCC LXI, quoted in Ian Maun "From Commons to Lord's"(Roger Heavens 2009) .

 This observation was published nearly 150 years after the event.  It is therefore hard to tell whether it was based on pure assumption, on the general knowledge that cricket had been commonly played at around 1616, or on a more specific reference to either Cromwell or his fellow students playing the game at Cambridge University. Nevertheless it presents an impression that the game had a presence within the University for many years before anything as formal as a match was recorded.  As to whether the same can be said for Cambridgeshire in general the lack of evidence does not preclude the existence of informal or unrecorded cricket in the county before the 18th century.  We just don't know.
 
18th Century
 
The first clear reference to cricket being played in Cambridgeshire comes from 1710 when a record of a dispute at Trinity College Cambridge mentions the game as one of several student pastimes.  Cricket seems to have continued within the university but has not been found in records in the form of organised matches until 1754.  A report in 1755 concerned four matches reported as between Cambridge University and Eton in 1754/55.  These seem most likely, however, to have been internal University matches between ex-Eton scholars and the Rest, reportedly a regular fixture in the 2nd half of the 18th Century.  

By that time the game had at least been played between the north Cambridgeshire towns of Wisbech and March in 1744.  The rest of the century appears to have seen more obvious development of cricket in the county as a whole than within the university, although there was evidence of the game becoming established in Cambridge town.  By the year 1799 cricket had been played in or by teams from March, Wisbech, Cambridge, Royston, Chatteris, Newmarket and Manea.
 
See the "18th century" page for details of 18th century cricket in Cambridgeshire. 
 
Cambridge Clubs 1800-61
 
In order to make sense of Cambridgeshire's cricket history it has been necessary to identify which clubs were involved rather than assume that accepted secondary sources such as "Scores and Biographies" were completely accurate.  This is particularly relevant to Cambridge clubs which tended to be called Cambridge Town Club throughout the first half of the 19th century.  Here is a list of the principal Cambridge clubs from 1801-1861, many of which have erroneously been referred to as "Cambridge Town Club".
 
1800-1826    Cambridge Cricket Club (CCC)   All matches attributed to Cambridge Town Club during these years were played by the CCC and possibly some before.
 
1822 - 1837  Cambridge Castle CC   A club based at the Castle Inn which began life as a junior club but was soon on an equal standing with Cambridge's other pub clubs, which between them revived the town's cricket.  The 1828 matches against March were played by the Castle Club. 
 
1822 - 1831(33?) Cambridge Union CC A club based at the Union Tavern which played, amongst other matches, the annual Town v University match and 4 prestigious matches against Islington Albion.
 
1827 -1830 Cambridge Hoop CC Another pub club based at the Hoop Inn which played several out of town matches, including one against Swaffham in 1830 (called Cambridge Town Club v Norfolk by Haygarth). The fourth of the main pub clubs was the Fountain CC based just along the road from the Castle at the Fountain Inn.  Unlike the other three the Fountain only played local opposition and was therefore never given the title of "Cambridge Town Club".  F P Fenner debuted in the Fountain's last match (1827)
 
1830 - 1837 Cambridge Town   Not a club at all (as far I can tell), but an occasional team of the Town's best which contended the annual Town v University matches and the 1832 match on Parker's Piece against the MCC.  In standard this team was a step up from the pub clubs.
 
1837/38 - 1843 Cambridge Town CC  Usually called Cambridge Town Club (CTC).  This was an attempt to formalise the Cambridge Town team and expand on its success and range of opponents.
 
1844 - 1847 Cambridge Town & County CC (CT&CC)A revised CTC which had County Club pretentions.  Rowland Bowen called this the County Club although it never quite managed to become so, despite its huge success against other towns, Norfolk and Suffolk, the MCC and even the Gentlemen of England.
 
1848 - 1849 Cambridge Town   No CTC existed at this time.
 
1849 Cambridge Town with Cambridge University.  One-off match against the All England Eleven.
 
1851 Cambridge Town  & County Club.  A reformed CT&CC.
 
1852-1855  Cambridge Town
 
1856 (-57?) Cambridge Town & County Club  Another reformed CT&CC.
 
1857- 1860  Cambridge Town
 
1861  Cambridge Town Club Formed in response to complaints at there being no County Club.  Organised at least one match with Kent which has ever since been regarded as a full county match even though at the time it was not one.
 
1800-21

  The Town
This was a period of conspicuous success for the Cambridge Cricket Club (CCC), which may have been in existence prior to these dates but only sporadically. 
  
In the first twenty years of the 19th century  the Cambridge Cricket Club dominated Cambridgeshire cricket as well as much of East Anglia,  defeating St Ives, Saffron Walden, Royston, Biggleswade, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Bishop Stortford.  It's peak of success was in 1816. 
 
From 1817 the CCC had a less consistent run of results against the likes of Holt of Norfolk, Biggleswade, Newmarket, Cambridge University, Peterborough, and Bury St Edmunds, but the opposition was good.  Matches had stakes as high as £100, considerable press coverage and a festival atmosphere.
 
It was not until 1822 after the University club had obtained a private ground and probably deprived the CCC of considerable financial support that a rapid decline set in.
  
Cambridge players from this period included Bell, W & H Bird, George Fenner, W Martin, Medlicot, H, J & M Page, D & J Scott & J H Dark.  Newmarket players included W Chiffney, Hilton, Sankey, Tilbrook, J & W Weatherby.  Several of the latter had horseracing connections.

The county
 By 1821 cricket had been played by teams or individuals representing Wisbech, Cambridge, Chatteris, Manea, Newmarket, Thorney, Royston, March, Newton, Leverington, Murrow, Parson Drove, Bentwick, Doddington, Ickleton, Kingston,Wimblington, Sutton, Emneth, Ely, Bassingbourn, Tholomas Drove, Wisbech St Mary's, Bottisham and Fulbourn.  The game was most active in Cambridge, closely followed, for a while at least, by Newmarket.

The University 

After the reports of 1755, no more was heard of formal Cambridge University sides until 1801 when Cambridge University appear to have beaten Ipswich Town by 60 runs.  As far as we know there was nothing again until 1814, when a Cambridge University team beat St John's Wood by an innings and 11 runs at Lord's.  By 1816 the annual Eton v the Rest match was again being reported in the local press and a year later the University brought the Cambridge Cricket Club's apparent 10 year unbeaten run to an end. Thus began a fifty year plus series between Town and Gown and the relationship was to ebb and flow between co-operation and open conflict.  For now, however, the two shared Parker's Piece, still a relatively rough area complete with the ridge and furrow of previously ploughed land, as their ground.

See the "1800-21" page for details of the matches during this period.
 
 
 
The Re-establishment of Cambridge cricket 1822-37
 
In 1822 the University Club moved to a private ground, a turn of events which seems to have completely taken the wind out of the Cambridge Cricket Club's sails.  This was possibly because the Town club had previously relied on financial support from the University, much of which was now needed by the University Club.  Fortunately for the Town's pub cricket clubs were waiting in the wings and over the next 10 years successfully re-established the game in the town - the Union, the Fountain, the Castle and the Hoop.

Those clubsí need for decent opposition cemented much needed contacts with teams in the north of the county such as March and Chatteris and eventually to the Union Club playing London club Islington Albion and the Hoop taking on Norfolk's Swaffham.  

Elsewhere cricket spread to more and more villages throughout the county. Thus was the ground prepared for the concept of Cambridgeshire cricket as, at least slightly, a more unified entity rather than the earlier pattern of scattered but isolated pockets of the game.

Fuller Pilch of Norfolk, Kent and Cambridgeshire
Copied from The IIlustrated London News, July 15th 1843.
          
 
Fuller Pilch is best known for his appearances for Kent and in various  "great matches" of the mid 19th century.  Perhaps less well known are his connections with Cambridgeshire. 
 
Having apparently severed his connections with the Bury St Edmunds club around 1831 he appears to have had connections with Cambridge in the early 1830s, possibly as an engaged professional with the university or town team or both. 
 
More surprisingly, also in 1832, Pilch played one match for a Cambridge Town side and two for a Cambridgeshire side, all against the MCC.  The latter two matches are debatably the first representative Cambridgeshire sides and his inclusion alongside William Caldecourt, definitely a Cambridge University professional, is probably explained by already being in the town.  Cambridgeshire won these two matches thanks mainly to Pilch's efforts.  See below and "The first Cambridgeshire sides" for more details of his Cambridgeshire connections in 1823,-32 and  -35.
 
1823 - Fuller Pilch played on Parker's Piece in Cambridge for Bury St Edmunds against Biggleswade.  The latter complained about this hitherto unknown (to them) player being included as a bowler and he was apparently prevented from bowling in that match.
 
1826 - The CCC played its last match having only played the odd match per season over the previous few years.
 
1828 - by 1828 the CCC had been replaced by the Union, Castle, Fountain and Hoop clubs which were all based at Cambridge pubs. 
 
1824-36 - The pub clubs followed in the CCC's footsteps by playing old opponents such as Saffron Walden, Biggleswade and Newmarket and trod new ground by taking on such teams as Swaffham of Norfolk, Chatteris, March and Islington Albion. 
 
1832 - A Cambridgeshire side, including players from Cambridge and Chatteris, Sir St Vincent Cotton, playboy and MCC member, from Madingley and given players Fuller Pilch and William Caldecourt, defeated the MCC twice.  A Cambridge Town side, including Pilch and Caldecourt,  defeated the same opponents.  These victories were in large part thanks to the performances of Fuller Pilch who scored: 50 and 41 not out in the first Cambridgeshire match, as well as taking 5 wickets and a catch; 28 and 6 wickets in the 2nd match; and  18 and 2 notout with 5 wickets and a catch for the Town side.
 
Sir St Vincent Cotton 
The nearest C19th Cambridgeshire cricket had to noble patronage was Sir St Vincent Cotton of Madingley Hall just north of Cambridge.  He was also a player, renowned for being a hard-hitter,although in 68 innings played for a variety of teams including Gentlemen v Players, Clarence Club, MCC and Cambridgeshire he made only 4 innings of over 15 runs, top score 34.  The rest were mostly in the low single figures.  He also took  5  wickets  in  an  innings  just  once.   His appearances in Scores and Biographies run from 1829-35. Curiously two of his highest scores were made on Parker's Piece - 19  for MCC v Cambridge Town in 1833 and 34 for MCC v Cambridge University in 1835. An early chronicler of the game, the Rev John Mitford, had this to say:
 
"There are some exceedingly good players who occasionally appear in the field......and some very bad ones, who too often are seen, as Sir Vincent Cotton....."
 
Copied from Sporting Magazine 1863
By 1844 he was no longer playing but was president of Cambridge Town and County Club for the first three years of its existence, but if the
new club were expecting financial help from his patronage they were probably disappointed.  He was a profligate gambler who spent most of his mother's money.  He is said once to have bet £1,000 on a snail race.
 
In his younger days Cotton had been a croney of fellow   sportsman   and   gambler   George Osbaldeston and had tried his hand at billiards, riding and boxing as well as cricket. 
 
As his debts mounted he turned to driving horse-drawn coaches.  In 1836 he bought "The Age", driving it between London and Brighton to supplement his income,  sometimes  under  the  name  of  Sir  Vincent Twist.  In sporting circles this appears to have been seen as a noble enterprise although not everyone agreed.  In 1834, following an accident to the "Cambridge Star" driven by Cotton, the following comment was made in a letter from "A Traveller" to the Cambridge Chronicle:  "I have no such confidence in Sir St Vincent Cotton; and I consider the lives of our fellow-townsmen too serious a concern to be put to hazard for the gratification of the ambition of him or any other amateur whip who may wish to try experiments of his own skill at other people's expence." 
 
1834 - A similar Cambridgeshire side to the 1832 ones, but without Pilch and Caldecourt, was beaten easily by a Nottingham side.
 
1835 - Single wicket match on Parker's Piece.  Charles Parnther, Wm Caldecourt and Samuel Redgate v Frank Fenner, Saunders and Fuller Pilch.  The former team won by 25 runs.
 
           - Dan Hayward senior and West scored 112 and 105 for Chatteris v St Ives.
 
1822-37 - Cambridgeshire based players from this period included John Boning, John Crouch, Davies, David Bush Edwards, F P Fenner, J & W Hall, and Sussums from Cambridge and Dan Hayward, West Fryer and Glasscock from Chatteris.
 
1837 - Cambridge Town Club (CTC) formed to formalise the Cambridge town team which had represented the town since 1830.
 
See "1822-37" and "villages 1822-48" for details of matches during this period.
 
1838-43
 
Following a period in which Chatteris appear to have been effectively challenging Cambridge's dominance, the latter again took the lead through the town team that evolved first into the Cambridge Town Club and then the Cambridge Town and County Club in 1844. 
 
1838-43 - First of 4 joint Town and University sides which played MCC during a period of close co-operation between the two clubs.  The Cambridge Town Club had some success but did not play many matches.
 
1844-48
 
1844 - Cambridge Town and County Club (CT&CC) formed  in order to improve the administration and performances of the CTC.  This was not a county club but seems to have had ambitions to be so.
 
1844 - Charles Pryor scored 103 for CT&CC v CU in the Town and County's debut match.
 
1844-7 - the Cambridge Town and County Club was phenomenally successful for four years, playing 26 matches and winning 19, including matches against Norfolk, the Auberies, Gravesend, MCC and Gentlemen of England among their defeated opponents.
 
1844-47 - players for CT&CC included Charles Arnold, Fred Bell, John Boning, Henry Cornwell, Alfred "Ducky" Diver, F P Fenner, Israel Haggis, Dan Hayward, RT King, OC Pell, Charles Pryor, Robert Ringwood,  and Thomas Snow.  FP Fenner was the club's major all-rounder, Captain and Secretary.
 
1846 - Earl of Stamford and Lord Burghley opened a private ground behind Cambridge Town Gaol.  One of the matches played on this ground was an early match of I Zingari.  Arrowsmith and Hill, in their "History of I Zingari" refer to there being a, probably local to Cambridge, professional called Magniac who was down to play in this match, but did not, in the event. do so.  From what I can tell there was no professional cricketer called "Magniac", but there was a Bedfordshire family of that name known for its business dealings in China.  It is possible that a member of that family was known to Stamford and Burghley and had originally agreed to play,  "Scores and Biographies" has the name Magniac at number 11 but given as "absent".  A report of this match in "The Anglo American" gives Magniac the title of "Mr" which again suggests that he was not a professional cricketer.
 
1848 - By 1848 the Cambridge University club was also reasonably strong and some of its members asked Fenner to develop a private ground.  F P Fenner extended the Stamford and Burghley's ground, combining two adjacent fields.  This became Fenner's Cricket ground the home of the CU Cricket Club. 
 
1848 - The CT&CC refused Fenner's offer to play on his ground and folded without playing another match.  

"Infant" Winterton  
   some infant!
                 
Rereading Pycroft's Cricket Field I came across a reference to Cambridge's Charles Winterton who played for the Cambridge Town and County Club, Cambridge Town Club and Cambridge Britannia Club from the 1840's through to the '60's, although he did not go on to represent his county.  Pycroft confirms the impression from Felix's picture above ( Winterton is standing fourth from right with bat in hand) that the Cambridge wicket-keeper was "not much less" than 20stone in weight.  More interesting, perhaps is Pycroft's apparent reference to Winterton as "a certain infant genius......of good Cambridge town".  At the time of this edition (1851) Winterton was 29, although he had, to be fair, made his debut for the town at the age of 16.  Unfortunately for him, he was replaced in the successful Town and County side by Dan Hayward, who was the better batsman - some things never change.
 
Picture - detail from the Town and University of Cambridge by Nicholas Felix.  Used by kind permission of MCC.

1822-48 - During this period cricket was played for the first time in or by Little Abbington, Walton & Walsoken, Bourn, Long Stowe, Duxford, Linton, Chesterton, Whittlesey, Caxton, Elm, French Drove, Fordham, Ashley, West Wratting, Borough Green, Balsham, Soham, Sawston, Comberton, Haslingfield, Barrington, Melbourne, Willingham, Swaffham, Parson Drove, Haddenham, Chippenham, Kirtling, Granchester, Over, Shepreth, Littlington, Swavesey, Foxton, Fowlmere, Harston, Thriplow, Elsworth, Toft, Cheveley, Guilden Morden and Hinxton.
 
See "1838-48" and "villages 1822-48" for details of matches during this period.
 
1848 onwards
 
- from 1848 on the University Club had principal if not sole use of Fenner's ground which was at least one factor in its gradual rise to first-class status.
 
- whilst cricket continued in Cambridge town, university and county it was not until 1857 that what has usually been seen as Cambridgeshire Cricket's peak period began in the form of a highly successful county side.
 
- in fact there was not one Cambridgeshire County Cricket Club during the period 1857-71 but several different bodies, some formal clubs such as the  Cambridge County Club and Cambridge Town Club and some not. County matches across this period were arranged when they could be afforded and a team  could be got  together.  Despite success on the field against the likes of Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Yorkshire this was not a stable time for Cambridgeshire county cricket.  The Cambridge County Club had two periods of existence: 1858-62 and 1866-68.
 
- The make-up of the sides varied a little but especially in the early and mid-sixties it was dominated by Cambridge town players such as Robert Carpenter, Tom Hayward, Alfred Diver, Fred Bell, Billy Buttress and George Tarrant.  On several occasions the whole side was made up of Cambridge players.
 
- the last of these matches was in 1871 and from then on there appears to have been little chance of a Cambridgeshire CCC forming.
 
 - The next county club was formed in 1891 and joined the Minor Counties Championship.
   
See the "1857-71" page for a more in depth discussion of the county sides of this period.   

Cambridgeshire Sides 1857-71

1857     Cambridgeshire (essentially a University side with some local professionals) v Surrey at Fennerís, Cambridge
                 Surrey v Cambridgeshire (as above) at Kennington Oval
1858     Surrey v Cambridgeshire (as above) at Kennington Oval
1861      Cambridgeshire (County Club) v Surrey at Fennerís, Cambridge
             Cambridgeshire (Cambridge Town Club) v Kent at Parkerís Piece, Cambridge
             Surrey v Cambridgeshire (County Club) at Kennington Oval
             Yorkshire and Stockton-on-Tees v Cambridgeshire at Stockton-on Tees
1862     Cambridgeshire (County Club) v Nottinghamshire at Fennerís Cambridge
             Kent v Cambridgeshire (County Club) at New Brompton, Chatham
             Cambridgeshire (County Club) v Surrey at Fennerís, Cambridge
             Nottinghamshire v Cambridgeshire (County Club) at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
             Surrey v Cambridgeshire (County Club) at Kennington Oval
1863     Kent v Cambridgeshire (funded largely by Kent) at Mote Park, Maidstone
             MCC v Cambridgeshire at Lordís
1864    Cambridgeshire v Yorkshire at Parkerís Piece, Cambridge
             Cambridgeshire v Nottinghamshire at Lordís
             Yorkshire v Cambridgeshire at Bramall Lane, Sheffield
1865    Cambridgeshire v Cambridge University at Fennerís, Cambridge
              Yorkshire v Cambridgeshire at Great Horton Rd, Bradford
             Nottinghamshire v Cambridgeshire at Old Trafford, Manchester
             Cambridgeshire v Yorkshire at Ashton Club Ground, Ashton-under-Lyne
1866     Yorkshire v Cambridgeshire at Great Horton Rd, Bradford
             MCC v Cambridgeshire (County Club) at Lordís
             Cambridgeshire (County Club) v Cambridge University at Fenner's, Cambridge
             Cambridgeshire (County Club) v Nottinghamshire at Fennerís, Cambridge
             Middlesex v Cambridgeshire (County Club) at Cattle Market Ground, Islington
             Nottinghamshire v Cambridgeshire (County Club) at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
             Cambridgeshire (County Club) v Middlesex at Fennerís, Cambridge
1867     Nottinghamshire v Cambridgeshire (County Club) at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
             Cambridgeshire (County Club) v Nottinghamshire at Fennerís
             Cambridgeshire (County Club) v Cambridge University at Fennerís
             Cambridgeshire v Yorkshire at Queenís Rd, Wisbech
             Yorkshire v Cambridgeshire at Dewsbury and Savile Ground, Dewsbury
1868     Cambridgeshire (County Club) v Cambridge University at Fennerís, Cambridge
             Cambridgeshire (County Club) v Kent at Fennerís, Cambridge
             Kent v Cambridgeshire (County Club) at Bat and Ball Ground, Gravesend
1869     Cambridgeshire v Yorkshire at Woodhouse Hill Ground, Hunslet
1871    Cambridgeshire v Surrey at Kennington
 
George Arber
 
Thanks to Nick Arber I have researched a little about the beginnings of the cricketing career of Cambridge born George Arber.  Born 1840/41, he appeared very rarely in newspaper reports before 1867, and appeared in a North v South colts match at Lord's at the age of about 28 years.  Local newspaper reaction was enthusiastic, anticipating an auspicious career for George in Cambridgeshire cricket.  Unfortunately his timing was appalling as by 1869 Cambridgeshire representative cricket was approaching a 20 year period of inactivity.  This reinforces my impression that  the break in momentum of Cambridgeshire cricket through the 1850's brought an end to the process by which cricketing enthusiasm and skills was passed on from one generation to the next.  Fortunately for George Arber he made the sensible decision to take up the position of professional cricket coach at Malvern College and proceeded to do pretty well for himself and his family, whereas cricketers who stayed in Cambridge had very little opportunity to ply their trade.
 
                                

George Arber
Picture kindly donated by Nick Arber.