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CRICKET BEFORE 1750 AND A TOP-HATTED MATCH, KENT V. SUSSEX AT BRIGHTON, 1849

CRICKET BEFORE 1750 AND A TOP-HATTED MATCH, KENT V. SUSSEX AT BRIGHTON, 1849

The lower print shows the kind of club from which the bat, the hockey stick and the golf club had their origin. The bowler is sending down a ball which is designed to hit the very low and hollow wicket. As soon as bowlers began to pitch the ball up and wickets had three stumps the bat was altered accordingly. In 1743 a statute decided that cricket was "not bad in itself, but only... by betting more than ten pounds on it." By 1849 the date of the upper picture, the game had evolved almost to its present state.

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