In 1882, Australian cricketers came to London and won a test match in England for the first time ever. “The Ashes” of English cricket tradition were transported back with the victors to the Southern Hemisphere. 

The two countries continue to meet on the pitch to win the trophy, which went from nothing, to an urn, to a Waterford Crystal. When English GM Simon Williams meets Australian GM David Smerdon in Death Match 19 on November 2 at noon Eastern, a fancy award won’t be at stake, but $ 1000 will be.