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<p>"We know that the first wicket, c … <p>"We know that the first wicket, comprising two stumps with a bail across them, was pitched somewhere about 1683, as John Nyren recalled long afterward." Thomas Moult, "The Story of the Game," in Thomas Moult, ed., <u>Bat and Ball: A New Book of Cricket</u> (The Sportsmans Book Club, London, 1960: reprint from 1935), page 31.</p>
<p><b>Note:</b> We should locate Nyren's original claim. Does this imply that cricket was played without wickets, or without bails, before 1683?</p> , or without bails, before 1683?</p>