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Bloomfield CT Wicket Challenge: "One Shamble Shall Be Out"

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"The Ball Players of Bloomfield and vicinity, respectfully invite the Pall Players of the city of Hartford to . . . play at Wicket Ball, the best in nine games for Dinner and Trimmings. The Rules to be as follows: [1] The ball to be rolled and to strike the once or more before it reaches the wicket. [2] The ball to be fairly caught flying or at the first bound. [3] The striker may defend his wicket with his bat as he may choose. [4] One shamble shall be out. [5] Each party may choose one judge or talisman."

Hartford Daily Courant, June 23, 1841, page 3. Notes: Is the bound rule [2] usual in wicket? What is rule 3 getting at? What is rule 4 getting at?

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