The game was devised by children during the Saxon or Norman times in the 1500s.
The modern sport of cricket was developed out of a game commonly played by children in the southern England. The adults adopted this sport in the late 16th or early 17th centuries. It is said that cricket was derived from the bowls, as the children were attempting to hit the ball away from its intended target with a stick.
The first definitive reference to the sport was in a court case filed against an elderly coroner, John Derrick in 1598, concerning the ownership of a plot of land. Derrick testified that he had played "creckett" (the old English spelling of cricket) on the land 50 years earlier whilst he was at school.
After the English Civil War, cricket was banned, and it wasn't until 1660 that cricket became increasingly popular. In the late 17th and early 18th century, the sport thrived amongst gamblers and cricket became a significant betting sport. Also, it is believed that teams were first founded by gamblers in order to strengthen their bets.
Cricket was introduced to the American colonies in the 17th century. Colonists also introduced the game to the West Indies and the British East India Company brought the game to India in the early 18th century. By then, cricket was widely played in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa under the British Empire.
In 1760, over-arm bowling and straight bats were developed. Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) was founded at Lords in 1787. A year later, the MCC revised the laws of the sport, and has held the copyright to the laws ever since. The first international cricket match was played in 1844 between the United States and Canada although neither country have ever had test match status.