Saturday, September 10, 2005

The British Library has released an image of the original "obituary," of the Ashes from the Sporting Times, 2 September 1882, "In affectionate remembrance of English Cricket, which died at the Oval, on 29th August 1882, deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances. R.I.P. N.B - The body will be cremated and the ashes taken back to Australia." This marked the first time England had been defeated at home.