The English Cricketer's Trip to Canada and the United States in 1859 - free ebook

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In 1859, Fred Lillywhite accompanied the twelve top cricketers of the day to Canada and the USA. It was a turning point in the history of the sport – the first overseas cricket tour by an English side.

Lillywhite’s account of the trip means that this crucial moment is recorded in detail, from the progress of the matches on the cricket field to the players’ activities off it.

This is the original tour diary – and still one of the best.


Fred Lillywhite, son of famous nineteenth-century cricketer William, was a sports outfitter who helped organise the 1859 cricket tour. He also published a number of reference works about cricket.

Scott Reeves is the author of THE CHAMPION BAND: THE FIRST ENGLISH CRICKET TOUR.