When Was Cricket Invented?


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Dan Banks answered

No one person simply invented the game cricket, instead the modern sport developed out of a game commonly played by children in southern England as far back as the early 1500s. The adoption of the sport by adults is believed to have happened in the late 16th or early 17th centuries. It has been suggested that cricket derived from bowls, by children attempting to hit the ball away from its intended target with a stick or other implement.

The first definitive reference to the sport was in a court case filed against an elderly coroner, John Derrick in 1598, concerning the ownership of a plot of land. Derrick testified that he had played "creckett" (the old English spelling of cricket) on the land 50 years earlier whilst he was at school. 

In the aftermath of the English Civil War, cricket, like most sports was banned, and it wasn't until after the restoration in 1660 that cricket became increasingly popular. In the late 17th and early 18th century the sport thrived amongst gamblers and cricket became a significant betting sport. Indeed the first teams are believed to have been founded by gamblers in order to strengthen their bets. 

Cricket then started migrating out of England and was introduced to the American colonies in the 17th century. Colonists introduced the game to the West Indies and the British East India Company brought the game to India in the early 18th century. Cricket was then played in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa when they were colonized by the British empire.

Overarm bowling replaced underarm around 1760 and as a result of this straight bats were developed. Prior to this curved bats similar to hockey sticks were used. Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) was founded at Lords in 1787. A year later, the MCC revised the laws of the sport, and has held the copyright to the laws ever since.

The first international cricket match was played in 1844 between the United States and Canada although neither country have ever had test match status.

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Anonymous answered

Cricket is one of the oldest team sports around. It is played by two teams having 11 members each. It is played with a bat and ball on a cricket field, having a pitch in the middle.

Accurate references suggest that cricket was a common game in England as early as 16th Century. However, researchers have even come to the conclusion that a form of cricket called Creag was played by Prince Edward at Newenden, Kent in 1301.

However, 1598 is the year having definite reference of this game. A case was filed against the boys of Royal Grammar School Guildford for playing crekett. But there is no definite clue as to who actually invented this game and when.
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Vikash Swaroop answered
The history of this sport can be traced back to the13th century, but some people believe that this sport was in existence even earlier and suggested that that game has its origin among the kids of farming and metalworking communities in the place called Weald and played between Kent and Sussex. The written evidence suggests about the existence of a game which was called Creag and was played by Prince Edward in Newenden, Kent in 1300. The prince was the son of Edward I(long shanks).

A court case in the year 1598 also referred to a sport named Kreckett, which was being played at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford around 1550. The Oxford dictionary also cites this instance as the very first instance of cricket in the history of the English language.
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Anonymous answered
Cricket was invented in the 13th century or maybe even earlier than that but it was really invented in the 1700s.
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Cricket was invented in the seventeen century by some shepard's in the fields of england.

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