Auction Date: 25/05/2016 at 10:30 am
1880 Rare Original Australia First Cricket Tour to England Team Photograph – with players wearing their cricket blazers and white flannels back row standing- G E Palmer, W H Monle, G J Bonnor, G Alexander, T W Groube, middle row seated F R Spofforth, H F Boyle, W.L. Murdoch (Capt), P S McDonnell, A C Bannerman, bottom row seated on the ground A H Jarvis, J Slight and J M Blackham from the first tour to England in 1888 –the Australian captain Murdoch became the 1st test captain to score a hundred (his 1st in first-class cricket) and did so in his 1st match in that role - laid down on the ledger paper from the owners great, great great grandparents mining company ledgers from the1840/50’ - Overall 3.5” x 4.5”# s – also comes with 3x newspaper clippings laid down on card comprising one for the Test Match, another v Sussex played at Brighton and v United XI played at Chichester with Australia winning both games comfortably Note The very first test match and the only one from 1880 was played at the Oval - was a late addition to the programme, being arranged at the instigation of the Surrey secretary, C. W. Alcock, who asked Lord Harris to put together a side. A. N. Hornby, Tom Emmett and George Ulyett refused to play, having unpleasant memories of the Sydney Riot of 1879, but Australia were also seriously handicapped, being without their star bowler, Fred Spofforth. The Australian cricket team played nine first-class matches including one Test. They were captained by W.L. Murdoch. The team had difficulty in arranging fixtures against the counties, and prior to the Test match in early September had played only four matches that are now rated as first-class (as well as a large number of fixtures against weaker opposition), despite having already been in England for almost four months. The Australians won 4, drew 3 and lost 2 of their first-class fixtures. Their only loss other than to England was to Nottinghamshire. That defeat was by only one wicket and came in a match in which they played a man short.