The 1726 English cricket season is the first in which a newspaper report names a participant in a cricket match and it is from this time that a continuous history of English cricket is possible, although the details in most seasons through the 18th century remain sparse. Newspaper reports seemed to be widening in scope and the first players mentioned were Perry of London and Piper of Hampton who played a single-wicket match. The main story of the year, as in some earlier seasons, concerns cricket's relationship with the law, though once again the issue was non-payment of gambling debts.
The London Evening Post dated 27 August carried an advertisement for a single wicket match between players called Perry (of London) and Piper (of Hampton, Middlesex). The venue was Moulsey Hurst, near Molesey in Surrey. This is the earliest reference to cricket being played at this venue. It was famous for various sporting activities, especially prizefighting, and was often used for cricket throughout the 18th century.
This was the conclusion of the 1724 match which was unfinished at that time and became the subject of a lawsuit. Lord Chief Justice Pratt ordered it "to be played out", but he died in 1725 before it was played out. It is not known if Dartford Brent was the original venue but it seems certain the match was concluded there.
On the subject of legal matters, a letter has survived that was written by an Essex resident. The writer complained that a local Justice of the Peace had seen fit to literally read the Riot Act, as it were, to some people who were playing cricket on Saturday 10 September. He had a constable with him who dispersed the players. Buckley commented that it seems the JP considered any game or sport as a pretence covering the gathering of disaffected people in order to raise a rebellion. Given the ruling by Lord Chief Justice Pratt, who in effect ordered the Chingford v Stead's XI game to be played in Dartford, the issue raised was that it was apparently lawful to play cricket in Kent but not in Essex.