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west part of Kent and those of Chatham for 11 guineas a man, the game to take place at Moulden in Kent, on August 7th next."

Mr Charles Box, too, in 'The English Game of Cricket,' published at the 'Field' office in 1877, mentions that Kent played All England in 1711; while in 'Mist's Journal' for May 26, 1719, it is recorded that the Men of Kent played the Men of London at cricket in Lamb's Conduit Fields for £60 a-side; while Mr Gaston has in his possession a copy of the 'London Evening Post,' of August 7, 1729, recording a cricket-match as follows: "On Tuesday was played a great cricket match on Kennington Common between the Londoners and the Dartford men for a considerable sum of money, Wager and Betts; and the latter beat the former very much."

In the 'Grub Street Journal' of Thursday, July 10, 1735, I gather the following:—

A great match at Cricket has been made between His Royal Highness the Prince and the Earl of Middlesex for £1000. Eight of the London club and three out of Middlesex are to play for the Prince against Eleven to be chosen by the Earl out of Kent: they are to play twice—viz., at Moulsey Hurst—next Saturday, and afterwards at Dartford in Kent.

And in the 'Grub Street Journal,' July 31, 1735, it is related:—

Yesterday at the cricket match on Bromly Common between the Prince of Wales and the Earl of Middlesex for £1000, the Londoners got 72 the first hands, the Kentish men 95. London side went in again, and got only 9 above the Kent, which were got the second innings without one person's being out, by the Kentish men, who won the match.

In the 'London Evening Post,' from Saturday, August 23, to Tuesday, August 26, 1735, it is announced:—

Last week was play'd at Sevenoaks, in Kent, a great Cricket Match between the Earl of Middlesex, the Lord John Sackville, and nine other Gentlemen of the County of Kent, and Sir William Gage and ten other Gentlemen of the County of Sussex, when the Kentish Gentlemen beat; but the week before, when they play'd on the Downs near Lewes, the Sussex Gentlemen beat considerably, so that it's thought the Conqueror will be play'd in a few Days.

While the following year, in the 'Post' for July 21, 1736, it mentions: —

Yesterday the great Cricket Match was play'd on Kennington Common between the Gentlemen of Kent and Surrey: the Gamesters were admirably good, and to a Man perform'd their parts, The Kentish