This remarkable book of cricket was first published over 100 years ago in 1865, and gives miscellaneous reflections, historical and contemporary, on cricket down to 1864. Compiled from a series of papers contributed to 'London Society' in 1863 and 1864. It gives Notes on Modern Cricket, 1863 although matches of 1743 are also mentioned. The benefits of underarm bowling are discussed, and overarm bowling almost dismissed - 'with true bowling, the ball can go faster than the hand is going at the moment the ball quits it'. Earlier matches of 1754 are mentioned in detail; Surrey County Club and All England Matches (with heavy betting) make fascinating reading, as does the host of other material about the days when the entrance fee for spectators was one penny and as much as sixpence for the really well-off people who wanted to watch the game, concerning which there was a law action to decide whether Cricket was an unlawful game. The Court decided that 'Cricket is, (to be sure) a manly game and t bad in itself'.