Hampton Cricket Club

Representing Hampton which was then in Middlesex, the original Hampton Cricket Club was prominent in the 18th century, taking part in known matches from 1731 to 1771. According to surviving records, it had no specific venue and is known to have played at both Hampton Court Green and Moulsey Hurst. Hampton teams are recorded, either individually or jointly with other clubs, in nine known major matches]].


The earliest known mention of Hampton as a cricket club is a single wicket match at Moulsey Hurst on Saturday, 27 August 1726. The contestants were Piper of Hampton and Perry of London.[1] The result is unknown and the match is the earliest definite reference to a single wicket contest.[2]

The first mention of Hampton in an eleven-a-side match is when they played Brentford at Moulsey Hurst on Wednesday, 14 July 1731. The result is unknown but a contemporary newspaper announcement, published a day earlier, states that "above £500 is already laid on their heads, neither side having ever (sic) yet been beat".[3] There is then a gap of nineteen years before the next Hampton reference on Wednesday, 8 August 1750, when they played London at the Artillery Ground and won by one wicket.[4]

The two next mentions are in 1751 and involve a combined Kingston and Hampton team. On Tuesday, 20 August, they played a combined Buckinghamshire and Berkshire team at Moulsey Hurst. The result is unknown.[5] The same combination then played Richmond at Moulsey Hurst on Wednesday, 4 September, but no other details are known.[6] Kingston and Hampton played each other at Hampton Court Green on Thursday, 10 July 1755, Hampton winning by 3 wickets.[7]

On Friday, 26 August 1757, Hampton played Chertsey at Moulsey Hurst and Chertsey won.[8] The teams met again four years later on Monday, 28 September 1761, at Laleham Burway, result unknown. Hampton had given men in Charles Sears, Shock White and John Haynes.[9]

There was another match against Chertsey at Moulsey Hurst in 1770 on Tuesday, 11 September, but the result is unknown. It is known that "Mr Garrick", presumably the actor David Garrick, had given two silver cups to be contested in this match.[10] Lastly, in 1771, a combined Hampton, Brentford and Richmond team played two matches against Chertsey at Laleham Burway on Monday, 8 July, and at Richmond Green on Monday, 15 July. No details are known of either match.[9]

After 1771

Hampton Cricket Club is unrecorded after 1771. It may have disbanded in the later part of the 18th century and there is no definite modern equivalent. The nearest club to Hampton is Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club in Bushy Park. This club was established in 1863 and is currently a member of the Surrey Championship in the ECB Premier Leagues.[11]



    1. Maun, p. 33.
    2. Leach, John (2007). "From Lads to Lord's – 1726". Stumpsite. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
    3. Buckley, FL18, p. 5.
    4. Maun, p. 206.
    5. Buckley, FL18, p. 26.
    6. Buckley, FLPVC, p. 2.
    7. Waghorn, Dawn of Cricket, pp. 29–30.
    8. Buckley, FL18, p. 36.
    9. 1 2 Buckley, FL18, p. 39.
    10. Buckley, FLPVC, p. 5.
    11. "Hampton Wick Royal Cricket Club". Retrieved 22 April 2015.


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