Richard Nyren
(1734-1797)

Died aged c. 63

Richard "Dick" Nyren (c. 1734–1797) was an English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket during the 1760s and 1770s in the heyday of the Hambledon Club. A genuine all-rounder and the earliest known left-hander of note, Nyren was the captain of Hampshire (aka Hambledon) when its team included players like John Small, Thomas Brett and Tom Sueter. Although the records of many matches in which he almost certainly played have been lost, he made 51 known appearances between 1764 and 1784. He was known as the team's "general" on the field and, for a time, acted as the club secretary as well as taking care of matchday catering for many years.

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cricketer of Hambledon Cricket Club

Commemorated on 1 plaque

The Bat & Ball Hambledon is known as the cradle of cricket and was the first headquarters of English Cricket, although cricket had been played on the South Downs for 200 years prior to that. The modern game was formulated on rules drawn up by Hambledon Cricket Club on Broadhalfpenny Down. This formidable cricket club led by Richard Nyren, the landlord of the Bat & Ball, played an All England Team on 51 occasions wining no less than 29 times! Artefacts relating to the origins of cricket can be found hanging on the walls around the pub.

The Bat & Ball Public House, Hyden Farm Lane, Hambledon, United Kingdom where they worked