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By WRIGHT, [William], 1846 
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[Cricket] A Grand Match!! of Single Wicket will be played at Garratt’s Ground, Copenhagen House, Tuesday October 6, 1846, between four gentlemen of the Copenhagen Ground, against four gentlemen of the City Club, Held at The Northapton Arms, Islington, for £30. A side.

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  • Author: WRIGHT, [William]
  • Publication place: [London]
  • Publisher: Wright, Printer, 12, Fulwood’s Rents, Holborn.
  • Publication date: 1846.
  • Physical description: Broadside advertisement with woodcut image of a single wicket cricket match above letterpress text advertisement.
  • Dimensions: 406 by 271mm. (16 by 10.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 18128

Notes

Copenhagen House Grounds in Islington was the leading venue for professional athletics until it closed in December 1853 after severe storm damage. Initially consisting of a 200-yard straight, an oval gravel track was added, opening on 17 March 1851, thought to be one third of a mile in length, enclosing a cricket pitch.

Single wicket cricket is a form of the game played between two individuals, who take turns to bat and bowl against each other. The one bowling is assisted by a team of fielders, who remain as fielders at the change of innings. The winner is the one who scores more runs.

Below the main text is:

The following is a list of the players. Copenhagen: Messrs. Dewdney, Golding Messrs. Rogers, Paul — City: Messrs. Figg, Hodson Messrs. Clark, Trestrum. Wickets pitched at Half-past Ten o’clock.“

Followed by the advertisement:

Cricket bats, Stumps, and Balls, Leggings, Gloves, and every article requisite for Cricket to be had of E. Paul, on the Ground”. 
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