Sunday, January 19, 2014

Wolverton Britannia Cricket Team

In the 1880s the Wolverton cricket team took the name of "Wolverton Britannia". I have no idea where that came from.

At any rate they were distinct from the railway as one of their matches was against a London and North western second XI. The score sheet does not flatter Wolverton. The side scored 55 in the first innings and 21 in the second. The L & NW team needed one innings only, where they scored 103.
This was reported in the Northampton Mercury on Saturday 30th July 1887.

On the day that this was reported the side were playing a local match against Newport Pagnell. Once again the results were unflattering to Wolverton. Newport Pagnell scored 189 runs against Wolverton bowling and Wolverton could only manage 37 runs in reply.

I think that the cricket ground in this period was on the field now covered by Green lane and Victoria Street, which, when you think about it, slopes quite steeply in parts. When the Green Lane and Moon Street development started in the 1890s the cricket ground was removed to its present location.

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