Cricket At Arsenal On This Day, 11th August 1952

The match at Highbury between Arsenal and Middlesex County Cricket Club served a dual purpose. Primarily it was a benefit match for Jack Young who had been at Lords since the 1930s and had been capped eight times by England. Secondly, it was an experiment for floodlit cricket. Judging by the reactions of some post-match, it is not hard to see why it took another 50 years to catch on although the world-class players seem to have had little trouble seeing the ball.

Arsenal had strong ties with Middlesex through the years when footballing cricketers – or cricketing footballers – were commonplace. Around this time, the Compton brothers were the latest in that line.

The match caused a lot of interest and was broadcast on the radio. Another Arsenal first.