Very early images

From the Life of Cuthbert by the Venerable Bede.

The Six Ages of Man, Canterbury Cathedral, window in North West Transept depicting The Six Ages of Man. The Youth is holding a curved stick, presumably indicating some type of sporting activity.

A medallion in the great East Window in Gloucester Cathedral. Around 1360, often associated with golf, but the ball could be moving.

A very similar image, supposedly from a 14th Century French prayer book, showing a game called bandy ball, which is considered to be a predecessor to golf. Notice that the toe of the front foot is pointing downwards in both illustrations

Young men playing a bat-and-ball game in a 13th-century manuscript of the Galician Cantigas de Santa Maria.

This illuminated manuscript from about 1340 (The Romance of Alexander) shows what appears to be some kind of ball-game. Benny Green in his book, A History of Cricket, is impressed with the line of monastic slip fielders.

Another drawing of a ball game appearing on the edge of a manuscript – Ghistelles Hours, a 14th-century Flemish book of hours probably made for John III, Lord of Ghistelles, and Ingelmunster (Belgium).

This is not a cricket image, it present a less appealing form of medieval entertainment. It shows four blind men tasked with beating a pig to death. The amusement arose from their missing the pig and hitting each other instead. Cricket was definitely a step forward.