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The game of wicket was evidently the dominant game played in parts of Connecticut, western MA, and perhaps areas of Western New York State, prior to the spread of the New York game in the 1850’s and 1860’s. Wicket resembles cricket more than baseball. The “pitcher” bowls a large, heavy ball toward a long, low wicket, and a batter with a heavy curved club defends the wicket. Some students of cricket speculate that it resembles cricket before it evolved to its modern form.
Short descriptions of the game are found in Protoball Chronology items #1846.8, #1850s.16, and #1855c.3. There is also a Protoball Subchronology at http://protoball.org/Chronology:Wicket devoted to wicket, with over 50 entries.
An excellent article on wicket in CT, by Alex Dubois, appeared in the March 2022 Origins/Protoball Committee Newsletter.
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