Cricket ball up for auction

Just found this. It’s a commemorative ball, given to Edward Barratt. He bowled the Australians out in 1878 (stop laughing – we have done other things since then). It’s up for auction at the Chester branch of Bonham’s next month.

Initially I presumed it was a Test match, but on trawling through Google found it was “just” Surrey v Australia on their tour here in 1878. More stats on Edward here where you’ll note he took over 700 wickets at 17 each! Handy bowler – can we resurrect him for this summer’s Ashes…?

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