Daniel Day was invited by the President of the MCC to take over the running of the South Hants CLub and Ground at Southampton.
The seventh son of a builder/ carpenter Tom and his wife Sarah. Tom died when Daniel was a baby.
Daniel is recorded living at "The Rookery" and was baptised at St Leonard's Church on 19th July 1807
He learned his cricket on the local common and at a school where his fellows included Alfred Mynn, the future ‘Lion of Kent’.
In his teens he was engaged by the Lord's groundsman, Cobbett, as a practice bowler and went on to play for several leading Surrey clubs, notably the Camberwell Clarence side, through which he became friendly with the celebrated Nicholas Felix, a cricketing schoolmaster of many talents, whose innovations included a ‘Catapulta’ bowling machine and items of protective gear.
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Day patented a protective cricket glove with Mr Wilson at the India Rubber Company in Streatham.