Canada and United States Battled in First Ever International Cricket Game

Published on March 15th, 2020 7:50 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

The history of the cricket game - Illustration. The game of cricket has a long and storied history, as the first ever game is said to have been played in the late 16th Century in Southeast England.

Since that time, cricket has become one of the world's most popular games, with countries such as India, Pakistan and Australia making the game extremely popular in some of the densest populated countries in the world. Strictly by the count of the number of people that play, cricket is easily one of the most popular sports in the world.

India/Pakistan and India/United Kingdom are some of cricket's fiercest rivalries, but which countries played in the first ever international cricket game, and when did this game take place?

The first international cricket match took place between Canada and the United States at the St. George's Cricket Club in New York.

The match, which ran three days from September 24th to September 26th, was won by Canada:

Canada: 82 & 63
United States: 64 & 58

Three Canadian players - Winckworth, Sharpe and Freeling - ended the first inning with a total of 12 runs.

RN Tinson (Captain) was dominant for the United States, as he managed a total of 14 runs, far ahead of the next closest player on the United States' team, who finished with 10 runs (W. Wild).

D. Winckworth was the best player for Canada in the second inning, as he managed a total of 14 runs, while J. Turner was the United States' best player in the second inning, finishing with a total of 14 runs.


It's interesting to note that the two teams that played in the first ever international cricket match are far removed from the top of the international rankings. The cricket world quickly passed by the likes of Canada and the United States, as these countries chose to focus on other sports to excel in.

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