A family cricket match is played. The game is popular with both sexes as this film demonstrates. In the 1920s both England and New Zealand form Women’s Cricket Associations. John Wisden 1826-1884 played for three different counties before retiring and publishing Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 1864 detailing everything cricket. Wisdens is published each April before the start of the English domestic cricket season.
Cricket pre-dates Tudor times but its gradual development into the modern game begins to emerge at this time as commons and fields turn into cricket grounds. The competitive game spreads nationally and internationally from the counties of Sussex, Surrey and Kent. The first laws of cricket establish the pitch length at a chain or 22 yards equivalent to roughly 20 metres. Bat size and the Leg Before Wicket (LBW) rule are introduced in the eighteenth century and the wearing of pads and the Dukes ball in the early nineteenth century. Women did not play at Lord’s, home to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the England men’s cricket team until 1976 and were not allowed in the clubhouse during matches until 1999.
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