12 August 1863 v West Kent

A remarkable game of cricket; the first on the Chislehurst ground, is the only match of which details  have survived in 1863.

After Frank Newton Streatfeild took seven wickets West Kent were all out for 101, which was enough to give them a first innings lead of 2 – despite 59 from Alfred Lubbock. Streatfeild then struck again – with another six wickets – unfortunately the bowling figures do not survive – but West Kent had  a lead of 44 with only 17 minutes left.

As Bell’s Life  recorded “The Ramblers had 45 runs to get and only 17 minutes to get them in. They accomplished this feat, thanks to some remarkable batting by Streatfeild”.

This was S.F.  Cleasby’s last appearance for the Ramblers before he left for India; as for Streatfeild he went to the Cape in 1875, where he raised and commanded Fingo Levies in the Zulu War, was mentioned in despatches and made a CMG.