Chapter 4 – Maidan Voyage: The Parsee Cricket Tours of the 1880s

One of the most interesting aspects of history is the way that seemingly unconnected events turn out to be entwined in the most unlikely way. The restoration of the monarchy seems to have acted as something of a stimulus in the development of cricket in England, in that it brought about the conditions whereby the … More Chapter 4 – Maidan Voyage: The Parsee Cricket Tours of the 1880s

Chapter 3 – The Australian Aboriginal Tour of 1868

17th October 1861 was a warm spring day in the outback of Central Queensland. At Cullin-La-Ringo a small group of settlers were camped in a ring of tents and bullock carts. They had 10,000 sheep with which they were intending to start a major new ranching settlement. As the day wore on they had noticed … More Chapter 3 – The Australian Aboriginal Tour of 1868

Chapter 2 – Exodus

Although by 1700 cricket in England was still largely confined to the South Eastern corner of the country, isolated games had begun to take place abroad as those who played the sport at home took it with them on their travels. After the political and social upheavals of the seventeenth century, the newly United Kingdom … More Chapter 2 – Exodus

Chapter 1 – Genesis

“English as tuppence, changing yet changeless as canal water, nestling in green nowhere, armoured and effete, bold flag bearer….” The late Viv Stanshall describing his fictional creation, the crumbling stately home Rawlinson’s End, in his satire on the Victorian attitudes of the English upper classes, but his words, affectionate but biting at the same time, … More Chapter 1 – Genesis