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Cricket is a team sport, played with bat and ball, which is quintessentially English. Unlike other sports which were codified, developed and flourished in Britain, there is no doubt that it originated in England. The first written reference is in Tudor times, in a 1598 court case referring to 'creckett' played at RGS Guildford in Surrey.

During the 17th Century there is no doubt that cricket grew in importance, especially in the south-East of England, and had even developed a professional side with the game played for high stakes by the end of the century.

Georgian England saw the development of the game into the English national sport, often played for high stakes between teams funded by rich patrons. The Hambledon Cricket Club, founded in the 1760s in Hampshire, became the centre of the sport until the founding of the Marylebone Cricket Club, the MCC, and the opening of Lords Cricket Ground in 1787 took over.

Underarm bowling, which came in in the 1760s, evolved into roundarm and then overarm bowling in the early 19th Century. The Victorian era saw the foundation of the English County Cricket clubs with Sussex in 1839, leading to the official County Cricket Championship starting in 1890.

The British Empire spread around the world and took England's national game with it. The first ever international team sport fixture was, remarkably, between the USA and Canada in 1844 and an England team toured abroad for the first time, to North America, in 1859, followed by the 1861/2 expedition to Australia. The first ever full test match was played by England against Australia in Melbourne in 1877.

The great icon of Victorian cricket was the legendary Dr WG Grace. A medical doctor from Bristol he dominated the game playing for, and captaining, Gloucestershire CC and England. Although an amateur, he actually earned far more from the game than any professional, the distinction being somewhat blurred in those days outside of actual payment for playing.

The Edwardian era, loosely defined as the period between the founding of the County Championship in 1890 and the start of the Great War in 1914, is known as the Golden Age of cricket. There were 15 series against the old enemy Australia, for the Ashes, and South Africa entered the Test arena in 1889. The counties played regularly, the exploits of great players, amateur and professional, were widely publicised in the media, and cricket even flowered in the USA, with Philadelphia a power in the game.

After the carnage of the 1st World War, cricket quickly got going again and the other colonies joined the Test arena, with the West Indies in 1928, New Zealand 1930 and India 1932 (followed later by Pakistan 1952, Sri Lanka 1982, Zimbabwe 1992 and finally Bangladesh in 2000). The 1920s also saw the start of the career of the greatest batsman of all, South Australian Don Bradman.