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This week - a very special anniversary for Reigate Priory

By Andy Packham

163 Years ago this week Priory took on and beat the best team in the world.

Over the 3 days of the 14th-16th August 1856 Reigate Priory took on and beat the United All England XI, the best team in England and hence the world. The United XI were that good they normally played against 22 of the opposition but Priory were strengthened by some professionals and "only" had 16 players.

Two of the pros bowled 128 of the 138 Priory four ball overs to record a famous 43 run victory. This was 21 years before test cricket but 9 of that United XI represented England on their first ever overseas tour, to the USA, three years later.

Crowds of 1500 a day were reputed to have attended this first of many high profile matches at Park Lane.

Updated 20:40 - 14 Aug 2019 by Andy Packham

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Wed 21 Aug
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League 17:30
Sat 24 Aug
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League 12:00
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League 12:00
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League 12:00
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4th XI (Surrey Cricket League) Osterley 2000 CC - 1st XI
League 12:30
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4th XI (Surrey Championship) Oxted and Limpsfield CC - 4th XI
League 13:00
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VI-Kings Leigh CC
Cup 14:00
Sun 25 Aug
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Llama Friendly XI Usk Cricket Club
Tour 13:30
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Friendly 14:00
Mon 26 Aug
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Llama Friendly XI Cardiff Tour
Tour 13:00
Tue 27 Aug
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Llama Friendly XI Sudbrook Cricket Club
Tour 17:30
Wed 28 Aug
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Cavaliers South Nutfield CC
Friendly 11:30
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Llama Friendly XI Cardiff Tour
Tour 13:00
Sat 31 Aug
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League 11:30
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League 12:00
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League 12:00
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4th XI (Surrey Championship) Beddington CC - 4th XI
League 12:00
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4th XI (Surrey Cricket League) St Luke's CC - 1st XI
League 12:30

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