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Test cricket's last-minute arrival

Sep 11, 2010: The first Test to be played in England was a hastily put-together affair that took place against the odds

Martin Williamson

WG Grace

More than one amazing Grace

Jul 21, 1998: This column is dedicated, not to W G Grace, whose 150th anniversary has been celebrated elsewhere, but to his brothers, who have received less than their share of reflected glory

Donald Trelford

England v Australia, The Oval, 1880

I was there

Sep 1939: In the 1939 Autumn Annual, Revd CJM Godfrey wrote of his memories of attending the first Test in England, at The Oval in September 1880, as a schoolboy

England v Australia, only Test, The Oval

England squeeze home in country's first Test

Sep 8, 1880: The hastily-arranged match between the Australians and an England XI captained by Lord Harris, now deemed to be the first Test staged in England, was won by the home side but produced a thrilling contest which ebbed and flowed to the end

Martin Williamson
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