During the 1930 series of Test Matches between England and Australia, this score board was erected on the Sun Terrace, by Jonnie Walker Whisky. Very large crowds were attracted to this unique means of following the play then in progress. Phoned information was manipulated on the board, thus giving a ball-by-ball reproduction of the progress of the game only a few minutes behind the actual play. This photograph gives the close of play, first day, fourth Test at Manchester, 25 July 1930 ‘The supreme attraction was the gigantic score board on the Aquarium Terrace which, by ingenious mechanism, showed ball by ball what was happening in the epic Test match at Lord’s between England and Australia. The white ball could be seen in flight wherever it was in play, and the fall of the redoubtable Don Bradman’s wicket was the signal for prolonged cheering. It is the nearest approach to television of a cricket match that has yet been secured’. Brighton Gazette August 1930

Image Reference: JG_04_189.tif
Date: 1930
Image Details: Original monochrome print
Size of Original: 90x137
Place: Brighton
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