Changing Ends: The History of Cricket

Mike Marqusee revisits S.M. Toyne’s article, The Early History of Cricket, on the origins and growth of the game, first published in History Today in June 1955.

First Grand Match of Cricket Played by Members of the Royal Amateur Society on Hampton Court Green, August 3rd, 1836. (unknown artist)When S.M. Toyne’s article first appeared, domestic and international cricket was still directly governed by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), a self-perpetuating private members’ club. The division between ‘gentlemen’ (public school educated ‘amateurs’) and ‘players’ (working-class professionals) was strictly enforced, with separate dressing rooms, entrances and forms of address.

To read this article in full you need to be either a print + archive subscriber, or else have purchased access to the online archive.

If you are already a subscriber, please ensure you are logged in. 

Buy Subscription | Buy Online Access | Log In

Get Miscellanies, our free weekly long read, in your inbox every week