The earliest known record of the term concerns a match on Wednesday, 5 August 1730 at
London. The London-based newspaper
St. James Evening Post reported on Saturday, 8 August: "'Twas thought that the Kentish champions would have lost their honours by being beat at one innings if time had permitted". This is the first time that the word "innings" is found in contemporary records. Incidentally, it is also the first time that the word "champions" is found in a team sense, which is significant because it confirms that the idea of a
champion county was already well established among cricket's followers. Furthermore, the match was apparently
drawn and is the earliest known instance of this result.