Timothy J. McCann

Timothy J. (Tim) McCann (born 4 June 1944) has been an archivist at the West Sussex Record Office in Chichester since 1967. He has written several books about the history of Sussex including a classic work on cricket: Sussex Cricket in the Eighteenth Century (2004).[1] He previously wrote and edited The Correspondence of the Dukes of Richmond and Newcastle, 1724-1750 (1984),[2] a work about Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond, and his close friend Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle.


  1. ^ "Sussex Cricket In The Eighteenth Century (Hardcover)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  2. ^ "Correspondence of the Dukes of Richmond and Newcastle, 1724-50 (Hardcover)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
Charles Sackville, 2nd Duke of Dorset

Charles Sackville, 2nd Duke of Dorset PC (6 February 1711 – 5 January 1769), styled as the Earl of Middlesex from 1720 until 1765, was a British nobleman, politician, opera impresario and cricketer. He was styled Lord Buckhurst from 1711 to 1720 and Earl of Middlesex from 1720 to 1765.

George Jackson (cricketer)

George Jackson (dates of birth and death unknown) was a noted English cricketer of the mid-18th century who played for the famous Addington Cricket Club and for Surrey. Known to have been a good batsman, he also featured in single wicket matches and for All-England.

Jackson is first recorded on 2 June 1744 when he played for Slindon against London Cricket Club in the famous match from which the earliest known scorecard has survived.Jackson's name occurs in numerous teamsheets until the 1752 season when his last known appearance was for Addington against a Westminster XI.

H. F. and A. P. Squire

H. F. and A. P. Squire jointly produced a number of cricket books from 1949 to 1957. They specialised in Sussex, their native county.

Their best work was Pre-Victorian Sussex Cricket (1951; published by Ditchling Press), which was used by Timothy J. McCann as an important source for his historical researches into Sussex's cricket history.

Hampshire county cricket teams

Hampshire county cricket teams have been traced back to the 18th century but the county's involvement in cricket goes back much further than that. Given that the first definite mention of cricket anywhere in the world is dated c.1550 in Guildford, in neighbouring Surrey, it is almost certain that the game had reached Hampshire by the 16th century.

Henry FitzRoy (cricketer)

The Honourable Henry FitzRoy (born 13 September 1765 in Southampton; died 19 March 1794 in England) was a son of the 1st Baron of Southampton who, as a member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), regularly took part in important matches as an amateur player. He made 44 known appearances from the 1788 season to the 1793 season.

FitzRoy is believed to have been right-handed as both batsman and bowler. He was a very useful bowler (underarm, pace unknown) who took 38 known wickets in his 44 matches, twice taking at least four in an innings. As a batsman, he made a few good scores, his best being 89 for MCC v Essex at Hornchurch in 1791. A score of 89 at that time, given the prevailing conditions, was very high indeed. FitzRoy took only 11 catches in his career which suggests he was an outfielder.

FitzRoy was brother-in-law to Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington having married Lady Anne Wellesley (c.1775 - 16 December 1844) on 7 January 1790. They had one child, Georgiana Frederica (1792-1821).

Like John Tufton, Thomas Scott and a few others, FitzRoy died very young when the trend among cricketers of his era was to live a long life. He was playing regularly in 1793 but died, aged only 28, before the beginning of the 1794 season.

Hit the ball twice

Hit the ball twice, or "double-hit", is a method of dismissal in the sport of cricket. Its occurrence in modern cricket is exceptionally rare.

John Bayton

John Bayton (date of birth unknown; died 1797 at West Dean, Chichester, Sussex) was an English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket during the 1760s and 1770s.

Bayton, a noted batsman, was chiefly associated with the Hambledon Club and played for both Hampshire and Sussex. His career was virtually over by the time detailed scorecards began to be kept in the 1772 English cricket season and so little is known about his personal history.

He is variously called Bayton, Boyton or Boynton by different sources but his exact name was John Bayton. He was an outstanding batsman for Hampshire in both the 1768 season and the 1769 season, after which he became an occasional player who had left Hambledon by 1771.Bayton was due to play for Sussex against Hampshire in a cancelled match of the 1773 season.Two verses from the Hambledon Club Song, written by Reverend Reynell Cotton in about the 1771 season, indicate a certain bravado about the loss of John Bayton but there seems little doubt from the known records that he was a fine batsman and not the sort any club would wish to lose. The verses go:

Then why should we fear either Sackville or Mann,

Or repine at the loss of both Bayton and Land?

London Cricket Club

The original London Cricket Club was formed by 1722 and was one of the foremost clubs in English cricket over the next four decades, holding important match status. It is closely associated with the Artillery Ground, where it played most of its home matches.

Lord John Sackville

Lord John Philip Sackville (22 June 1713 – 3 December 1765) was the second son of Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset. He was a keen cricketer who was closely connected with the sport in Kent.

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamworth from 1734 to 1747.

McCann (surname)

McCann is an Irish surname derived from the Gaelic Mac Cana, meaning "son of Cana". The Cana particle is a personal name meaning 'wolf cub'.According to Irish tradition they are descended from Colla-da-Chrioch, the first king of Airgialla.

The family of the name McCann or MacCann, were known as lords of Clanbrassil. They were a branch of the Cenel Eoghain, the large group of Northern Uí Néill septs claiming descent from King Eógan mac Néill, the son of the High King Niall of the Nine Hostages. Amhlaoibh Mac Cana is mentioned in the Annals of the Four Masters. He was praised for his chivalry, his vigour, and his strong drink he made from apples in his orchard. The McCanns are also stated as having had a castle at Portadown in County Armagh. The last recorded Chief of the name, Donall MaCanna, was still known as lord of Clanbrassil as late as 1598. The title of lord of Clanbrassil is still held by the family of McCann in the area of County Louth.

Their territory lay to the south of Lough Neagh in modern-day County Armagh and County Tyrone, flanked by the River Bann and River Blackwater.

The McCann line features in John O' Hart's 19th century pseudo-historical book, Irish pedigrees. In this book, the McCann line along with other surname lines are taken right back to Adam and Eve.During the years this surname has had different variations, such as MacCann, MacCan, Maccan (this part of the Maccans had connections with many European noble and royal families, such as the Maccan Romanoff or the Maccan of Villanova or Maccan de Gueldre), McCann, MacCana, and became Canny and Canney upon Ulster migration to the south (Leinster and Munster).

Prince of Wales Ground

The Prince of Wales Ground, also known as Prince's Ground, in Brighton, Sussex was the venue for top-class cricket matches in the closing years of the 18th century.

Richard Newland (cricketer)

Richard Newland (1713–1778) was an English cricketer in the mid-Georgian period who played for Slindon Cricket Club and Sussex under the patronage of Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond. He also represented various All-England teams. Newland made 26 known appearances from 1741 to 1751, including eight in single wicket matches.

Sir William Gage, 7th Baronet

Sir William Gage, 7th Baronet KB (1695 – 23 April 1744) was the MP for Seaford from 1722 until his death.

Sir William introduced greengages into Great Britain from France. He was an early patron of cricket, in association with his friend Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond.

Slindon Cricket Club

Slindon Cricket Club was famous in the middle part of the 18th century when it claimed to have the best team in England. It was located at Slindon, a village in the Arun district of Sussex.

Cricket in the 18th century was funded by gambling interests and some of the wealthier gamblers, acting as patrons, formed whole teams that were representative of several parishes and even of counties. Such a team was "poor little Slyndon (sic) against almost your whole county of Surrey". That quote is taken from a letter written by Slindon's patron, Charles Lennox, 2nd Duke of Richmond (1701 - 1750) in the 1741 English cricket season. Playing at Merrow Down near Guildford on 1 September, Slindon had just beaten Surrey "almost in one innings".The Duke of Richmond was the greatest of the sport's early patrons and he did an enormous service to the development of the sport in his native Sussex. He had been active as a player and patron since the 1720s and he lent his benevolence to the little woodland club near Arundel in the late 1730s when he became aware that its residents included three talented brothers, one of whom was showing signs of greatness, and a number of other decent players.

The brothers were the Newlands, among whom Richard was outstanding. Richard Newland (1718 - 29 May 1791), an all-rounder who batted left-handed, became one of the greatest early cricketers and was famous throughout the 1740s. His brothers, about whom little is known, were Adam (born 1714) and John (born 1717). Another good player in the village, although he was an unsavoury one, was the notorious smuggler "Cuddy" whose real name was Edward Aburrow senior. Senior because his son became a regular in the Hambledon team of the 1770s.

It is almost certain that Slindon was not just a village team and that it was in fact a Sussex county team, just as Dartford Cricket Club had always formed the nucleus of the Kent team. There can be little doubt that Richmond cast his net wide and that players from elsewhere in Sussex played for Slindon. But Richard Newland was the star and he was definitely local. It seems that Richmond built the team around Newland and so it was perhaps natural that the name of the team, even if it were a Sussex county XI, should be that of Newland's village.

Stephen Dingate

Stephen Dingate (birth and death details unknown) was a leading English cricketer of the mid-Georgian period. He almost certainly began playing in the 1720s and was one of the best known players in England through the 1740s.

He is reported in one source to have been a barber. It is known that he was born at Reigate in Surrey and he was employed by the Duke of Richmond. He was a prominent single wicket player and often led his own team, playing for high stakes with and against famous contemporaries like Thomas Waymark, Robert Colchin, William Hodsoll, Val Romney, Richard Newland, William Sawyer and John Bryant.

Dingate's first recorded appearance was on Saturday 2 June 1744 when he played in an eleven-a-side game for London v Slindon at the Artillery Ground. Slindon won the game by 55 runs and the match is now famous for the world's oldest known scorecard.Dingate is last known to have played in July 1752. Unfortunately, very little is known of him apart from the reports of his matches. There is no doubt from the source material that he was a considerable player.

Sussex County Cricket Club

Sussex County Cricket Club is the oldest of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Sussex. Its limited overs team is called the Sussex Sharks. The club was founded in 1839 as a successor to the various Sussex county cricket teams, including the old Brighton Cricket Club, which had been representative of the county of Sussex as a whole since the 1720s. The club has always held first-class status. Sussex have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.The club colours are traditionally blue and white and the shirt sponsors are Aerotron for the Specsavers County Championship, Parafix for Royal London One-Day Cup matches and Boundless for NatWest Blast T20 matches. Its home ground is the County Cricket Ground, Hove. Sussex also play matches around the county at Arundel and Eastbourne.

Sussex won its first ever official County Championship title in 2003 and subsequently became the dominant team of the decade, repeating the success in 2006 and 2007. In 2006 Sussex achieved "the double", beating Lancashire to clinch the C&G Trophy, before winning the County Championship following an emphatic victory against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, in which Sussex defeated their hosts by an innings and 245 runs. Sussex then won the title for the third time in five years in 2007, when in a nail-biting finale on the last day of the season, Sussex defeated Worcestershire early in the day and then had to wait until past five o'clock as title rivals Lancashire narrowly failed to beat Surrey – prompting relieved celebrations at the County Cricket Ground, Hove. Sussex enjoyed further limited overs success with consecutive Pro40 wins in 2008 and 2009 as well as beating Somerset at Edgbaston to lift the 2009 Twenty20 Cup. The south coast county ended the decade having won ten trophies in ten years.

On 1 November 2015, Sussex County Cricket Club (SCCC) merged with the Sussex Cricket Board (SCB) to form a single governing body for cricket in Sussex, called Sussex Cricket Limited (SCL).

Sussex Record Society

The Sussex Record Society is a text publication society founded in 1901. It publishes scholarly editions of historical records relating to the English county of Sussex. It is a registered charity.

Tim McCann

Tim McCann may refer to:

Timothy J. McCann, British archivist

Tim McCann (director), American film director

Tim McCann (American football), American football player

William Sawyer (cricketer)

William Sawyer (born 3 December 1712 at Richmond, Surrey; died 2 April 1761 at Richmond) was an English professional cricketer who played during the 1730s and 1740s. He was mainly associated with Richmond and Surrey. Although information about his career is limited by a lack of surviving data, he is known to have made two single wicket and four other appearances between 1736 and 1747. He spent his whole life in Richmond and was an innkeeper there.

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