A TRIP BACK IN TIME
The origin of cricket itself goes back to medieval times. Historians say that the south-east corner of England cradled the ‘birth’ of cricket in those times.
The civil Wars 1642-49 halted all games and, with Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans banning games involving gambling, the game of cricket sunk, virtually without trace, until the reign of Charles the Second. The revival of cricket in the early 1700’s saw many great club sides emerge, particularly in and around London, with the most powerful of those being Marylebone cricket club – known by most as M.C.C. By 1721, the M.C.C. was accepted at the acknowledged authority on the game, and they directed the evolution of the rules of the game.
And so to the birth of cricket in Borden. During the 1970’s the present club attempted to trace its ancestry, and Dave Harrison research provided firm evidence of cricket being played in the village in 1797. This date was accepted by all as the start of Borden cricket and was embroidered on club jumpers as the recognised date of origin.
In 1996 however, further research has discovered a match between Teynham and Borden played in 1795. With 1995 now in the past, it was agreed to stay with our original date of 1797 as two years late in 200 is an acceptable margin for error with such an event.
Lack of records, make it very difficult to confirm regular cricket, played week in, week out, as we do today, being played then. Back in those days it was more likely that matches were played only at special village events, such as fetes and fayres, by the mid-1800s, it became clear that regular teams were fielded. Wars’ interventions apart, regular teams continue to be fielded right up to the present day, a tradition which us playing today hope will continue in the future.
Author Edward (Ted) Prescott 1997. Submitted by David and Eileen Harrison.