There were four important Old Club matches in 1829, the two with Sheffield (First-Class) and two with Leicester (non First-Class). The latter suffered from a weak Club organisation; in 1820, a Leicestershire County Club was formed at Loughborough but in 1825 a new Leicester County Club was established in the County Town. Like the Loughborough one it only survived a few years.

Nottingham won all four matches of 1829. The first Sheffield contest was played at Darnall between 24 to 28 August with the first two of the five days washed out. Sheffield inserted Nottingham who made 94 (William Clarke 41). Tom Marsden dominated Sheffield’s reply scoring 30 out of 54 all out. Nottingham were 29 all out in their second innings. Therefore Sheffield needed 70 to win but could only make 51 as they lost the contest by 18 runs.

The return played on the Forest was played two weeks later, Nottingham winning by 77 runs. Nottingham 157 (George Jarvis 50, Emmanuel Vincent 42) and 56; Sheffield 39 and 97.

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