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This is the English XI photographed “at Southampton” on 7 June 1864. It was a significant summer; the Hampshire County Cricket Club was formed at two meetings in August and September of the previous year and we began playing fixtures as a club in 1864.
The following information is from Andrew Renshaw
Scores and Biographies Vol VIII p320
On the Antelope Ground at Southampton, June 6, 7 and 8 1864
Twenty-Two of the Southampton Union Club v The ‘English’ Eleven
Union Club: 119 and 121 - The ‘English’ Eleven: 69 and 86
The Twenty-Two of the Southampton Union winning by 85 runs
The full scores are given, but no bowling figures
Top score for the Union was 17 and for the ‘English’ 28
The ‘English’ seem to have been outnumbered rather than out-played
Many thanks Andrew. Meanwhile the man far right in the splendid hat is Daniel Day (here, umpire with R Bodle). Day created the Antelope and East Hants Cricket Grounds and in that respect was as important to Hampshire as Thomas Lord was to London.
The photograph was sent by Carol Marks – for which many thanks.
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