Leisure => Sports => Topic started by: merc on December 15, 2010, 12:57:13

Title: Cricket at the Vine, Sevenoaks
Post by: merc on December 15, 2010, 12:57:13
(http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/VineCricket.png)

The first cricket match reported in the press was at the Vine in 1734. The ground is one of the oldest in the country, and many people believe it should be considered as the home of Cricket. The land was given to the town of Sevenoaks by John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset, of Knole House in 1773. The site is thought to have been once used as a vineyard for the Archbishops of Canterbury, hence its name.
Title: Re: Cricket at the Vine, Sevenoaks
Post by: merc on August 17, 2013, 17:48:21
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Title: Re: Cricket at the Vine, Sevenoaks
Post by: HERB COLLECTOR on November 06, 2014, 22:09:46
The earliest known cricket march played at the Vine was on Friday 6th September 1734. Kent v Sussex.
Sir William Gage played for Sussex, while Lord Middlesex and his brother Lord Philip Sackville played for Kent.
Kent won  :)
The match was reenacted, in costume, on the 21st July 1934, as shown in this British Pathé film.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=j0Ef8MroCUc (http://youtube.com/watch?v=j0Ef8MroCUc)
The 21st July was chosen to replay the match as on this day each year the club has a custom of presenting Lord Sackville with a cricket ball.