Cricket in Graaff-Reinet, 1854

  1. The Graaff-Reinet Herald of Wenesday, July 19, 1854, stated:  “What with Dissolving Views, the Races and now two Cricket Clubs, we are going ahead surprisingly well.  To be sure there is very little business doing right now and this melancholy fact doubtless accounts for a loss of gaiety.  But, be that as it may, we have the satisfaction of announcing that on Monday July 31, a grand match will be played between our local clubs. The challenge, given by The Tradesmen was cordially accepted by The Gentlemen, with the proviso that the match should be for bats and balls and not for money. Most find this an agreeably English custom.  The number of spectators is expected to be quite considerable, as the match has excited a good deal of interest throughout town.  Both parties feel quite confident of winning.”


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