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Challenges for Cricket Matches between Englishmen and Americans

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Pre-Knicks NYC, US cricket clubs
City/State/Country: New York, NY, United States
Game Cricket
Age of Players Adult
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On August 19, 11 New Yorkers issued this challenge: "we, in this public manner challenge the best eleven Englishmen in the City of New York to play the game of Cricket . . . for any sum they think proper to stake." On August 26, the Englishmen accepted, suggesting a stake of 100 guineas. On September 6, the news was that the match was on: "at the Jew's Burying-ground, WILL be played on Monday next . . . the Wickets to be pitched at Two O'Clock." We seem to lack a report of the outcome of this match.

 

Sources

Royal Gazette, August 19, 1780, page 3 column 4; August 26, 1780, page 2 column 2; and September 6, 1780, page 3 column 4. 

Also cited in I. N. Phelps Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909 : compiled from original sources (New York, Robert H. Dodd), 1926), Volume V, page 1115.

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Submitted by George Thompson; John Thorn
Submission Note Posting of 8/2/2005; email of 2/23/2017



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