The History of Cricket in Hertfordshire



The main reference book for anyone wanting an in-depth treatment of the subject is

Cricket in Hertfordshire by R. G. Simons


The earliest recorded match with a Hertfordshire connection was played in Epping Forest on 29th June 1732 a London team playing a combined team from Essex and Hertfordshire.


The first recorded matches in Hertfordshire are described in these 1737 press cuttings.


Last Wednesday a great Cricket-Match was play'd at Stanstead Abbot in Hertfordshire between 11 Gentlemen of the Corporation of Hertford and 11 of Stanstead, for 200 Guineas, when the Gentlemen of the Corporation were beat, There was up to 1000 l. won and lost on the match.
Derby Mercury, Thursday 14 July, 1737
On Friday last a Cricket Match was play'd at Ware in Hertfordshire, between eleven Gentlemen of Burntwood in Essex and eleven of Hertford, for 200 l., when the former won by six Notches; and it was generally believ'd that they would have beat them at one Innings, had they not met with ill Usage by a Mob of Bargemen. It is said the Bets which were laid on both sides amounted to 2000 l.
Derby Mercury, Thursday 25th August, 1737
The earliest match I found where  Tring played was in 1775.  
A Week or two ago was played, for a considerable Sum of Money, on Bohawk-Hill, Wendover, a great Match of Cricket between Wendover and Tring, which was won by the former by a large Number of Notches, at one Innings, notwithstanding Tring was allowed two famous extra Players from another Place. Wendover is soon to play another grand set Match, for a number of Silver Cups.
Northampton Mercury, Monday 3 July 1775


The following pages deal with historical aspects of cricket in the county


Cricket and Cricketing Pubs in Hertfordshire

[Identifies some public houses called "The Cricketers"]

St Albans Cricket Club Fete Champetre in 1824

[suggests club founded in 1666]

A Grand Cricket Match

[County Team play St Albans on Bernards Heath]

Cricket in 1835: Tring v Berkhamsted

[Teams listed - some identified from the 1841 census]

Solomon WILLIS (1827-1899) Last Under-Bailiff of Hemel Hempstead

[Captain of Hemel Hempstead Club]

Caldecott House v Stanmore

[Game involving a team put up by a private house in 1874]

St Alban Cricket Club Pavilion Fund, 1882

[long lost of people subscribing to the fund]

A Cricket Match at Hemel Hempstead in 1890

[Match between teams from the Parish and St Paul's churches]

Cricketers Public House, Bedford Road, Hitchin

Herts Mercury & Reformer, 5th January, 1836


Sporting Life 30th May 1860

(Sporting Life from 1859 to 1909 is on the British Newspaper Archive)


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