A report of an unusual cricket match held locally in 1793
A very curious match of cricket was played by eleven girls of Rotherby, Leicestershire, against an equal number of Hoby, on Thursday, on their feast-week. The inhabitants of all the villages adjacent were eager spectators of this novel and interesting contest; when, after a display of astonishing feats of skill and activity, the palm of victory was obtained by the fair maidens of Rotherby. There are about ten houses in Rotherby, and near sixty in Hoby; so great a disproportion affords matter of exultation to the honest rustics of the ﬁrst mentioned village. The bowlers of the conquering party were immediately placed in a sort of triumphal car, preceded by music and ﬂying streamers, and thus conducted home by the youths of Rotherby, amidst the acclamations of a numerous group of pleased spectators.
From The Country Chronicle Dec 4th