Many thanks to Buffy Heywood and the Deddington OnLine website for this information:
CRICKET AT DEDDINGTON
Researched by Mrs Buffy Heywood, The Manor, Deddington, following an enquiry from Leamington Cricket club about a match between their team and Deddington.
The following are extracts from the diaries of the Rev. William Cotton Risley relating to cricket:-
1837 – I went to the Castle to look at the Cricket Ground.
25 August, 1840 – A cricket match took place in the Castle today between Deddington & Banbury – the Banbury people were the winners – by a very considerable number of runs. The two parties dined together at the Kings Arms afterwards.
(Two extracts from North Oxfordshire Monthly Times – 4th September 1849 – (late season) cricket practice in the Park Ground lent by Risley – thus “not quite an extinct sport in Deddington”.) 10th December 1849 – Cricket match – unseasonally – at Barton between Sandford Park and Deddington A further match took place a fortnight later in the Park Ground at Deddington.)
15 May, 1851 – Sent a note to Mr. Sandon about our boys and the Cricket Club – Holford to be a patron, the others subscribers.
5 June, 1851 – Mr. Landon borrowed the Big Roll for the Cricket Ground. (From N.O.M.T. – During the first match at the Castle Ground H. Churchill’s side versus Mr. Landon’s, Robert (Risley’s youngest son) played. Scoring 2 and 2.)
16 July, 1851 – A cricket match between Deddington & Barton took place on the Castle Ground – Deddington was victorious.
12 August, 1857 – Willy went to play cricket with the school children. My brother John and I walked up to see the school children practise at cricket, in Hatten’s field. (Hatten was Landlord of The Kings Arms.)
19 July, 1859 – The Reading Room had a Tea festival and cricket in our Park this afternoon.
12 August, 1859 – I called at the Butcher’s – & E. Bennett’s – to ask him to Umpire tomorrow in the Cricket Match with Radley.
20 August, 1860 – The Dowager LDY Cartwright, & Lady Elizabeth, came on the Cricket Ground this afternoon.
31 August, 1860 – The Ball lasr night was a great success – 114 persons were present at it. The Tetsworth Club came to play the return match and were victorious over us.
29 August, 1864 – Our Annual Cricket Dinner took place on the Castle Ground.
4 September, 1865 – Our Annual Cricket Dinner took place after croquet and a little cricket – between 30 & 40 persons present.