The history of English amateur cricket describes the concept and importance of amateur players in English cricket.
Amateurism in first-class cricket
Co-development of amateur and professional cricket to 1800
Cricket probably began in England during the medieval period but there is no definite reference to it until the 16th century. The earliest known reference concerns the game being played c.1550 by children on a plot of land at the Royal Grammar School in Guildford, Surrey.
Originally, all cricketers were amateurs in the literal sense of the word. Village cricket developed through the 17th century and teams typically comprised players who were all resident in the same village or parish. There is no evidence of professionalism before the English Civil War or during the Commonwealth but legal cases of the period have shown that cricket was played jointly by gentry and workers.
Amateur and professional cricketers
In the great upsurge of sport after the Restoration in 1660, cricket flourished because so many people had encountered it as children, especially at school. But... Read More