However Debussy may well have had some exposure to cricket. In the summer of 1905, he spent some time in Eastbourne putting the finishing touches to one of his most important works La Mer, which received its premiere later than year. He stayed at the Grand Hotel. At exactly the same time as he was in Eastbourne, Sussex played Surrey in the County Championship at the Saffrons Cricket Ground in Eastbourne. Surrey were skippered by Lord Dalmeny, who in 1906 became MP for Edinburghshire. He succeeded to the title Earl of Roseberry in 1929 and served briefly as Secretary of State for Scotland.
In the Surrey team was Jack Hobbs who had received his county cap from Dalmeny earlier that season, his first in First Class cricket. As a professional, there is no way that Hobbs would have stayed in the Grand. Hotel, so a meeting between him and Debussy is unlikely. Had that taken place, his Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune would surely have been renamed Prelude a l'apres midi d'un opening batsman.
Surrey won the match by 7 wickets. Sussex may have been handicapped by the absence of their greatest player C B Fry, still reputed to be England's greatest ever sportsman. Fry topped the First Class averages that season making 2801 runs at 70.02, with 10 centuries. Hobbs scored 1317 at 25.82 and Dalmeny 1141 at 24.80.
|A match at the Saffrons 1910|
So Debussy is may be not of such little interest to the cricketer after all.