Early morning cricket in 1877 : the Peep o’ Days v the Early Risers

From the Croydon Advertiser of Saturday 21st July 1877, from the British Newspaper Archives, which requires a subscription.

Cricket – “Peep o’ Days” v. Early Risers.

These clubs met again on Lower Green, Mitcham, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings last, between the hours of 4 and 7, to play the return match.

The “Peep o’ Days” played (with the exception of two) the same men as in the previous match, but as the Early Risers were defeated last time, they naturally thought it advisable to take a little stringer team. But the battle is not always to the strong.

Having won the toss, the “Peeps” went to the wickets, which at first fell rather quickly, but a little stand was afterwards made by A. Turner (41), and A. Gibbard (42). The “Peeps” were soon afterwards disposed of for a total of 88 runs. The “Earlys” were soon in, but were disposed of for 49 runs.

Play being resumed on Thursday, the “Peeps” played a comfortable innings of 104. Time did not permit the “Earlys” to complete their second innings. It is hardly necessary to add thgat the game was very exciting, especially as the “Peeps” have been successful in their determination to give the “Earlys” a “drubbing.”

The game was gained by the “Peeps” as the result of the good bowling of A. Gibbard and S. Hubbard.

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