It’s cricket, Doug – but not as we know it

24 Jun
Georgian cricket

Off his own bat: Georgian cricketer Doug Beebe

Not being the nimblest of movers, I don’t get out and about much, so it was a real treat to have a visit from a genuine 18th-century sportsman the other day. Or at least a re-creation of one.

Next month, Doug Beebe and his friends from Keswick Cricket Club are staging a Georgian match, complete with 1744 rules – of which there weren’t many – as well as homemade bats and a ball woven from sliced-up dog chews.

If you’d like to go along – and I think it will be well worth it, not least because my friend Ruth, the costumed servant, will be giving a talk on 18th-century pastimes – they will be playing at Keswick cricket ground on the afternoon of Thursday, July 25 from 2pm onwards.

Lady cricketer

Lady-like: Even the fair sex played cricket – or pretended to – in the old days

As you can see from the picture above, despite the lack of rules and protective equipment, women may have played in the Georgian era.

Ruth says in one 18th-century match that took place between a carpenter on one side and nine tailors on the other, the prize was a quarter of lamb and a cabbage. Delicious! The carpenter won by 64 runs.

Look here for more information about Doug’s match. And may the best men win (as long as they’re on Doug’s team)!

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One Response to “It’s cricket, Doug – but not as we know it”

  1. Bill Paul June 25, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    It looks as if the umpire had a gun to guard against foul play! They had a pheasant way of doing things in those days!

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