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Earl of Winchilsea's XI v R Leigh's XI
First-Class matches in England 1795
VenueStoke Down, Alresford on 23rd, 24th, 25th July 1795, 28th June 1796 (3-day match)
Balls per over4
TossToss not known
ResultR Leigh's XI won by 3 wickets
Close of play day 1
Close of play day 2
Close of play day 3R Leigh's XI (2) 42/3 (H Walker 19*, Beldham 10*)

Earl of Winchilsea's XI first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
J Hammondb Wells52     
J Smallb Harris0     
R Robinsonc Ray b [unknown]13     
T Walkerb Beldham12     
J Ringb Harris15     
J Tuftonc Beldham b [unknown]13     
F Reynoldsb Harris3     
R Purchasec Tufton b [unknown]7     
J Smallb Beldham6     
T Boxallnot out3     
T Taylorrun out1     
Extras0
Total(all out)125
Fall of wickets:
1-?, 2-?, 3-?, 4-?, 5-?, 6-?, 7-?, 8-?, 9-?, 10-125
R Leigh's XI bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Harris???3--
Wells???1--
Beldham???2--

R Leigh's XI first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
J Wellsb Walker25     
A Freemantlec J Small b [unknown]4     
J Walkerc Tufton b [unknown]13     
H Walkerb Hammond7     
W Beldhamb Purchase56     
J Crawteb Boxall11     
T Raynot out32     
G Louchb Boxall7     
HJ Tuftonb Boxall0     
W Bullenb Walker4     
D Harrisb Walker0     
Extras(3 b)3
Total(all out)162
Fall of wickets:
1-?, 2-?, 3-?, 4-?, 5-?, 6-?, 7-?, 8-?, 9-?, 10-162
Earl of Winchilsea's XI bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Boxall???3--
Purchase???1--
Walker???3--
Hammond???1--

Earl of Winchilsea's XI second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
J Hammondb Harris7     
J Smallb Wells4     
R Robinsonrun out0     
T Walkerrun out10     
J Ringnot out58     
J Tuftonb Harris4     
F Reynoldsrun out0     
R Purchasec H Walker b [unknown]5     
J Smallb Harris7     
T Boxallrun out0     
T Taylorrun out14     
Extras(5 b)5
Total(all out)114
Fall of wickets:
1-?, 2-?, 3-?, 4-?, 5-?, 6-?, 7-?, 8-?, 9-?, 10-114
R Leigh's XI bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Harris???3--
Wells???1--

R Leigh's XI second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
J Wellsb Boxall10     
A Freemantlest Hammond b [unknown]7     
J Walkerc Hammond b [unknown]3     
H Walkerb Boxall20     
W Beldhamc Hammond b [unknown]18     
J Crawteb Boxall0     
T Raynot out11     
G Louchnot out8     
HJ Tuftonc Taylor b [unknown]0     
W Bullendid not bat      
D Harrisdid not bat      
Extras(1 b)1
Total(7 wickets)78
Fall of wickets:
1-?, 2-?, 3-?, 4-?, 5-?, 6-?, 7-?
Earl of Winchilsea's XI bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Boxall???3--

Notes
--> The match was scheduled for three days but extended to four.
--> F Reynolds made his debut in first-class matches
--> J Small (2) passed 1500 runs in first-class matches when he reached 4

At close of play on 25 July (a Saturday), Leigh's XI, with seven wickets in hand, required an additional 36 runs to win. Normal practice at the time would have been to continue at the earliest opportunity, and it was announced that the game would resume on 17 August. In the event, this did not take place and it was not until eleven months later, on 28 June 1796, that the match was brought to a conclusion. In these unique circumstances the batting and bowling in Leigh (2) are presented so as to show the position both at the close of play on 25 July 1795 and at the conclusion of the match in 1796.
Frederick Reynolds, who was a well-known dramatist, made his first appearance in 'great' matches, apparently as a last-minute substitute for a player taken ill. In his memoirs, published 1827, he recalled the game. 'I, for the first and last time, played against the celebrated formidable, Harris. In taking my place at the wicket, I almost felt as if I was taking my ground in a duel, and my terrors were so much increased by the mock sympathy of Hammond, Beldham and others round the wicket that when this mighty bowler, this Jupiter tonans, hurled his bolt at me, I shut my eyes in the intensity of my panic, and mechnically gave a random desperate blow, which, to my utter astonishment, was followed by a loud cry all over the ring of "Run, run". I did run; and with all my force; and getting three notches.' This vivid account, the details of which are supported by the score, tells us that Hammond was still batting when Reynolds arrived at the crease; also, that 'sledging' is no new phenomenon.

 

 

 

 

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