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Edward Stead      

Full name Edward Stead

Born 1701, Maidstone, Kent

Died August 28, 1735, London (aged 34 years days)

Also known as Edwin Steed

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Edward Stead was one of cricket's early patrons in the 1700s who gambled heavily and recklessly at cards and dice. In his late teens he inherited large estates in Kent but by the age of 22 he was already mortgaging the land to pay his debts. However, when away from the tables he was addicted to cricket and he underwrote a number of sides, playing himself at times, often with large sums bet on them. In 1733 he fielded a side against Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales' XI at Moulsey Hurst, a game repeated in 1735. Stead died a month later, his fortune squandered.
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1st Investec Test: England v India at Nottingham - Jul 9-13
India 457 England 352/9
North Division: Northants v Derbyshire at Northampton - Jul 11
Northants won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
South Division: Surrey v Glamorgan at The Oval - Jul 11
Glamorgan won by 4 runs
North Division: Warwickshire v Worcs at Birmingham - Jul 11
Warwickshire won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
South Division: Sussex v Kent at Hove - Jul 11
Kent won by 3 runs
Northants v Somerset at Northampton
Jul 12-15, 2014 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
South Division: Essex v Kent at Colchester
Jul 12, 2014 (14:30 local | 13:30 GMT | 09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT)
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