A cricket tournament was played as a part of the 1900 Summer Olympics on 19th and 20th August in Paris.
Teams representing Belgium, France, Great Britain and the Netherlands were scheduled to compete in the tournament, but Belgium and the Netherlands pulled out of the competition, leaving Great Britain and France to play each other. Neither team was nationally selected. The British Team consisted of Devon and Somerset Wanderers while the French Team of French Athletic Club Union, consisted mainly of British colonials living in Paris.
Great Britain batted first and scored 117, and bowled France out for 78. Great Britain then scored 145 for 5 in their 2nd innings, setting the hosts a target of 185. The French team was bowled out for 26 by the British and won the match by 158 runs. The Great Britain team was awarded silver medals and the French team bronze medals. The match was formally recognised as an Olympic contest in 1912, and the medals were later reassigned as gold and silver.
Published with permission from Cricket Philately.