The most noticeable aspect of the 1730 English cricket season
record is that it has the largest number of matches recorded to date, with much more coverage in the newspapers than in any previous season. But the most significant aspect of the time was the growing importance of the sport in metropolitan London
. The famous Artillery Ground
enters the record for the first time and it is clear that the old London Club
is establishing predominance over its rivals.
28 May. Four men of Kent played four of Brentford for £50 at Westerham in Kent, articles being drawn to play or pay
4 June. The return match of the above was scheduled at Kew Green.
29 June. There was a two threes
contest for £50 at Mickleham Downs in Surrey between three men of Surrey and three men of Sussex. The report in the London Evening Post
says they were esteemed the best players in the respective Counties
but unfortunately does not name them. The Sussex three won.
Sometime in August, Mr Edward Stead
and three colleagues played a four-a-side game against four Brentford men for a considerable wager
. The Brentford men won. This may have been a repeat of the games on 28 May and 4 June.
On Monday 17 August, a twelve a side game was played at Tonbridge and was backed by a great many of the noblemen and gentry of that place
. It seems to have been a tight contest which was unfinished on the day,... Read More