26th June 1745

275 years ago On This Day first recorded Women`s Cricket Match between Bramley and Hambleton at Godsden Common, Guildford, Surrey, England.

The greatest cricket match that was played in this part of England was on Friday, the 26th of last month, on Gosden Common, near Guildford, between eleven maids of Bramley and eleven maids of Hambledon, all dressed in white. The Bramley maids had blue ribbons and the Hambledon maids red ribbons on their heads. The Bramley girls got 119 notches and the Hambledon girls 127. There was of bothe sexes the greatest number that ever was seen on such an occasion. The girls bowled, batted, ran and catches as well as most men could do in that game ~ as described by Mercury 

Over the passage of time women’s cricket change drastically based on who and why it was played. The team who used to win will sometime get eleven pairs of lace gloves or barrel of ale.  The match attendance depends on the participant villages, and betting was widespread.

The records of many matches lost in history, well before the first club was established in 1887 at Yorkshire. The eight-woman founded the White Heather Club at Nun Appleton never knew it will be a groundbreaking step in women’s cricket. In the early days, it was very popular in Surrey, Hampshire, and Sussex.

It took almost four decades for the formation of the Women’s Cricket Association.

1890 French-American entrepreneur Mr. E. Michael formed Original English Lady Cricketers ,the first paid team to play.

The Original English Lady Cricketers from James Lillywhite’s Cricketers’ Annual for 1890

The women cricket was accepted by Victorian as lawn-tennis 🎾 and 🏑 . There was sharp criticism from the likes of WG Grace who said “not a game for women, and although the fair sex occasionally joins in a picnic game, they not constitutionally adapted for the sport!”.

The mindset change with 3rd Duke of Dorset, C. B. Fry, Frank Chester in the 1920s, and Jack Hayward in 70s rooted for women cricket.

 Lily Poulett-Harris, founding mother of women's cricket in Australia.

“Mind not, my dear ladies, the impertinent interrogatories of silly coxcombs, or the dreadful apprehensions of semi-men . . . Go on, and attach yourselves to the athletic.” Wisden 1976

The first international match took place in 1934 between when England toured Australia and NewZealand.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 30: Anne Palmer, one of three surviving members of the women’s Australian Test Team from 1934-35, received her Test Cap during a presentation ceremony at Cricket Australia on September 30, 2004 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
30th May 1934: Members of the Middlesex team taking the field for the first women’s county cricket match at Chiswick House, Middlesex, where they are to play Kent. (Photo by J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
12th May 1934: A group of women dressed for a game of cricket on the beach. (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

28 December 1934 , first test at Brisbane between England and Australia. The test was of three days , England winning by nine wickets.

The historic England tour of Australia in 1934.

Betty Archdale (1907 – 2000, top right), captain of the English Women’s cricket team, with two other members of the team at St Pancras Station, 19th October 1934. They are leaving for Australia to take part in the Test Matches. (Photo by J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1973: The first women ODI and world cup two years before than their male counterparts and rest is history.

England women’s cricket captain Rachael Heyhoe-Flint raises the World Cup after England beat Australia by 92 runs in the inaugural Women’s World Cup Final between England Women and Australia Women at Edgbaston, Birmingham, 28th July 1973. (Photo by Ken Kelly/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)
England Women’s captain Rachael Heyhoe-Flint (6th left) and the England Women’s cricket team are welcomed by Warwickshire chairman Cyril Goodway before their Women’s World Cup match against Australia Women at Edgbaston, Birmingham, 27th July 1973. The inaugural limited-overs competition saw seven teams compete in a round-robin format, with England topping the table after six matches per team. Other players pictured include: Chris Watmough (2nd left), Enid Bakewell (4th left), Lynne Thomas (7th left) and Shirley Hodges (far right). (Photo by Ken Kelly/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

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