Mold Ancestry

The Cricketer from Middleton Cheney

ARTHUR MOLD - CRICKETER At the age of 16 Arthur became famous locally. About that age he played with his village team, and his first match was against Chacombe. The season following Chacombe and Middleton Cheney joined forces and played one team. They were the strongest team in the countryside and won 16 matches, largely due to Mr. Mold's bowling. He improved in form and was included in the Banbury & District eleven which in those days brought some first class teams to Banbury.


Cricket has been enjoyed and successfully played in the village for over 100 years. Before the turn of the century the cricket team used Mr. Blacklock's private ground for matches and Mr. Law's Home Close for practise. In 1881 according to a report in the Banbury Guardian, Middleton won against Chacombe by an innings and 40 runs. Arthur Mold was born in Middleton and worked as an agricultural labourer. Arthur's cricketing talent led to him being selected to play for Lancashire and eventually to play for England, much to the delight and enthusiasm of his keen Middleton followers.

Middleton Cheney Cricket Club

Cricket match poster 1860  (3 years before Arthur was born)