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Historian Describes Facet of 1850s "School Boys' Game of Rounders"

Salience Noteworthy
Location England
City/State/Country: England
Game Rounders, Cricket
Age of Players Juvenile, Adult


A cricket historian describes an early attribute of cricket"

" . . . the reason we hear sometimes of he Block-hole was . . . because between these  [two] two-feet-asunder stumps [the third stump in the wicket had not yet been introduced] there was cut a hole big enough to contain a ball, and (as now with the school boy's game of rounders) the hitter was made out in running a notch by the ball being popped into [a] hole (whence 'popping crease') before the point of the bat could reach it."



James Pycroft, The Cricket Field [1854], page 68. 

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Note: Pycroft was first published in 1851. See item #1851.1. Was this material in the first edition?

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Submitted by John Thorn
Submission Note 1/13/07


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