The Olympic Sport of Cricket

TavCricket, Fact, Olympics

Cricket was played as part of the 1900 Summer Olympics. Four teams entered the competition, Belgium, France, Great Britain and the Netherlands. However, Belgium and the Netherlands pulled out, leaving Great Britain to play France in a straight 2-day final. Neither team was nationally selected. The British side was a touring club, the Devon and Somerset and the French team represented by the French Athletic Club Union who spectators said somewhat bizarrely were the most British of the two teams. Great Britain bowled France out in the second innings for just 26 to win the match by 158 runs. However, if France had managed to put a flat bat on the ball for just five more minutes, the match would have been drawn!

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