Ripley Cricket Club
is now 252 years old, this makes it one of the oldest cricket clubs
in the world. Ripley has a very proud history and we are glad that
we are able to let others from a wider range hear about it, below is
a section taken from the 250th celebration brochure.
and even royalty were responsible for the early progress of the game
of cricket. Wagers of sizeable sums on the match were commonplace and
betting amongst spectators was part of village life. Noblemen recruited
the best players as staff for their country houses, to ensure the team
that their wager was safe.
Research of books and papers at The British Museum has shown that Ripley feature
regularly in the earliest history of cricket.
From 'Cricket Scores 1730-1771 by Walter T.Waghorn
A great match at Cricket for 50 guineas aside is made by the noblemen and gentlemen,
and to be played on Monday next, in the Artillery Ground, between the gentlemen
of Ripley, Bramley and Thursdley in the west of Surrey, against the gentlemen
of London. Wickets to be pitched by one o'clock. They play the following
match the Thursday following on Ripley Green. These matches being attended
with great charge, the door for the future will be six pence, two pence
not being sufficient to defray expenses.
From 'Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket by G.B. Buckley
On Tuesday July 9 on Moulsey Hurst, the Gentlemen of Eton who played the Great
Match at Newmarket against those of Ripley and Thursley for £100
Daily Advertiser - July 8th 1751
On Monday July 22, in the Artillery ground at Guildford, Ripley, Thursley and
the lower part of Surrey against Bolney, Brighton and the eastern part
of Sussex for 20 guineas a side.
Wickets to be pitched at 1 and the match played out.
Reading Mercury - July 15th 1754
is an extract from the official Ripley Cricket Club Brochure 'A Celebration
Of Cricket' © Copyright © 1999 Ripley CC. ® All rights