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6. A famous Kentish cricketer

The field upon which the Ash Fete takes place and where Ash Cricket Club hold their matches is known as "Little Bow" and could well take its name from the field where the longbowmen and archers practised their art and the view looking across to the church and Ash Place, built in 1637 by Sir Edmund Fowler, must be one of the pleasantest places to sit in a deck chair and listen to the crack of the ball against the willow!

On the wall behind the Altar in the Lady Chapel is a memorial to William Hodsoll of South Ash, a gentleman who died 30th November 1776 and whose claim to fame is that he was a member of the Kent Cricket Team which beat the England Team at the Artillery Ground, London on 18th June 1744, the earliest first class match of which a full score sheet has been preserved.

ENGLAND

J. Harris b Hodswell

0

b Mills

4

S. Dingate b Hodswell

3

b Hodswell

11

Newland b Mills

0

b Hodswell

3

Cuddy b Hodswell

0

c Danes

2

Green b Mills

0

b Mills

5

T. Waymark b Mills

7

b Hodswell

9

J. Bryan St Kips

12

c Kips

7

R. Newland not out

18

c Sackville

15

J. Harris b Hodswell

0

b Hodswell

1

G. Smith b Bartrum

0

b Mills

8

Newland b Mills

0

not out

5

  byes

0

byes

0

  Total

40

Total

70