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1786 English cricket season

The 1786 English cricket season was the 15th in which matches have been awarded retrospective first-class cricket status and the last before the Marylebone Cricket Club was founded in 1787. The season saw five top-class matches played in the country.


Five first-class matches for which scorecards exist were played during the year, four of them involving sides playing under the name of Kent.[1][2][3] The season saw the first "great" matches played by the White Conduit Club, the direct predecessor of the Marylebone Cricket Club which was formed the following year.[4] One of these matches saw Tom Walker scored 95 and 102 runs in his two innings, a pair of scores considered "an astonishing double by the standards of the day".[5]

In another match, Tom Sueter of Hampshire was given out hit the ball twice, the first time that this method if dismissal is recorded in a first-class scorecard.[citation needed]

First mentions


  1. ^ Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians (ACS) (1981) A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS.
  2. ^ England Domestic Season 1786 – Fixtures and Results, CricInfo. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  3. ^ First-class matches in England, 1786, CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 November 2019. (subscription required)
  4. ^ White Conduit Club v Kent, Scorecard, CricInfo. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  5. ^ Kent v White Conduit Club, Scorecard, CricInfo. Retrieved 7 November 2019.

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