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The original Croydon Cricket Club
was one of the oldest in England with origins going back to the early 18th century and perhaps earlier. It played most of its matches at Duppas Hill
Duppas Hill is a park, road and surrounding residential area in Waddon, near Croydon in Greater London . It is thought to be named after a family called 'Dubber' or 'Double'.Duppas Hill has a long history of sport and recreation...
. The earliest record of the club is in the 1707 season when it played two matches against London Cricket Club
The original London Cricket Club was formed by 1722 and was one of the foremost clubs in English cricket over the next four decades. It is closely associated with the Artillery Ground, where it played most of its home matches.-Early history of London cricket:...
Croydon had a very strong team in the 1731 season
By the 1731 English cricket season, match reports were much more common and tended to contain more detail, sometimes including the names of patrons and players. There is consequently much more available information about the 1730s than previously. There were 26 known matches in 1731.The most...
, beating London four times . The Croydon club was interchangeable with Surrey
Surrey county cricket teams have been traced back to the 17th century but the county's involvement in cricket goes back much further than that. The first definite mention of cricket anywhere in the world is dated c.1550 in Guildford.-17th century:...
as a county at that time.
Croydon continued to be prominent through the 1730s but was less so in the 1740s and the club was barely mentioned again after that except in a few minor matches. It is believed to have disbanded in the later part of the 18th century and there is no modern equivalent.