Robert Colchin

Robert Colchin
Personal information
Full name Robert Colchin
Born 1713
Chailey, Sussex, England
Died April 1750
Bromley, Kent, England
Nickname Long Robin
Batting style RHB
Bowling style unknown
Role batsman
Domestic team information
c.1735 to 1749 Bromley
c.1735 to 1749 Kent
Career statistics
Source: CricketArchive, 2 August 2009

Robert "Long Robin" Colchin (born in 1713 at Chailey in Sussex; died at Bromley in April 1750) was a highly influential professional English cricketer of the mid-Georgian period at a time when the single wicket version of the game was popular.

Cricket career

Colchin lived in Bromley for several years and was associated with the local Bromley Cricket Club, which was prominent through the 1740s and declined after his death. In addition to his prowess as a single wicket player, Colchin played for Kent in major eleven-a-side matches including the famous match against All-England at the Artillery Ground in 1744.[1]

Colchin had strong associations with the Artillery Ground and is known to have promoted many matches there, often fielding his own team under the name of Long Robin's XI.[2]

Style and technique

Colchin was an accomplished single wicket performer.[3] He is held to have been probably the finest all-round player of his day and was called "Long Robin" because he was so tall: "And Robin, from his size, surnamed the Long".[2]

According to a contemporary article about Colchin in The Connoisseur (no. 132, dated 1746): "his greatest excellence is cricket-playing, in which he is reckoned as good a bat as either of the Bennetts [Little Bennett and Tall Bennett]; and is at length arrived at the supreme dignity of being distinguished among his breathren of the wicket by the title of Long Robin".[2]

Family and personal life

Away from cricket, Colchin chose to lead a shadowy existence among "low company" and is believed to have been something of an underworld figure. His dubious lifestyle may have contributed to his death.[4]

According to The Connoisseur (see above), Colchin's favourite amusement was attending the executions at Tyburn. He had been "born and bred a gentleman, but has taken great pains to degrade himself, and is now as complete a blackguard as those whom he has chosen for his companions". The companions are said to include "the vulgar" among whom Colchin "has cultivated an intimacy with Buckhorse (i.e., John Smith, a noted prizefighter), and is very proud of being sometimes admitted to the honour of conversing with the great Broughton himself (Jack Broughton was probably the most famous prizefighter of the 18th century)".[2]


  1. Arthur Haygarth, Scores & Biographies, Volume 1 (1744-1826), Lillywhite, 1862
  2. 1 2 3 4 F S Ashley-Cooper, At the Sign of the Wicket: Cricket 1742-1751, Cricket Magazine, 1900
  3. G B Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, Cotterell, 1935
  4. From Lads to Lord's – profile at the Wayback Machine (archived 10 October 2012).


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