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Cricket on Film

When cricket is played, it seems as if summer will never end. And when cricket is filmed, summer can last for ever.

Today’s multi-camera TV coverage brings us every moment and detail of the game. But in earlier times capturing it on film was fraught with difficulty: the long playing time, the distance from boundary to wicket, finding the best angle. Film, though, preserves and evokes cricket's past more vividly than any almanac.

Cricket is obsessed with its own traditions and history, its records and personalities. This collection of films, shot for newsreels, documentaries or personal recollection, contains all that and much more. Through cricket, we can see the social history of our nation, its class structures and regional differences, and beyond that, the story of Britain’s empire and its colonial legacy.

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Cricket on Film

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Probably the first ever cricket film: Indian cricketing royalty prepares for the first test between England and Australia at Sydney.

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Ian and Viv 1980

Interview with International and Somerset cricketers Ian Botham and Viv Richards

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View Cricket Notes 1924
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Cricket Notes 1924 1924

Rain may stop play, but never the British sense of humour.

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View Women Cricketers: Kent V. Australia
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Women Cricketers: Kent V. Australia 1951

Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club hosts a women's cricket match between the Kent XI and the touring Australian team.

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Mike Atherton on BFI's Cricket on Film 2016

Cricketing legend Mike Atherton joins BFI senior curator Steve Bryant on a through a century of cricket on film.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Alex Jackson

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Sussex County Cricket Match 1960

First-class big-hitters from the county team, including Rupert Webb, take on Horley in this exciting colour film from 1960’s Sussex

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The Summer Game 1970

WG Grace and Bodyline, village greens and rain-soaked pitches - the story of cricket has rarely looked better.

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A cricketing comedy of manners exploring white and black stereotypes, from pioneering British filmmaker Horace Ové.

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Cricket Again! 1922

Essex County cricket team get some much needed practice in the nets at the County Ground, Leyton.

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Look Where You're Going 1954

Eyes right, eyes left, eyes right again - a Test cricketer endorses the road safety code.

9 mins United Kingdom

View Arthur Mold Bowling to A.N. Hornby
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Arthur Mold Bowling to A.N. Hornby 1901

Did he bowl or did he throw? A fascinating record of an early cricketing controversy.

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Sussex vs The West Indies at Hove 1963

Cricket legends abound in Hove as Sussex play the West Indies during their 1963 tour of the UK

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England Women's Cricket Eleven 1971

Can frail womanhood cope playing such a hardy sport as cricket? Abso-blooming-lutely! So says England Women’s captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint.

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Women cricketers slog their male counterparts to the boundary in this fixture between Cobham Ladies and Manor Athletic in Richmond

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Women's Cricket in Hove 1963

High up on the Downs above Hove a women's cricket team enjoy a match, a chat and even a quick smoke while a dog makes off with a handbag

5 mins United Kingdom

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Australia v East Anglia Women's Cricket 1976

Women cricketers are just as tough as the men, and no, despite rumours, they don’t wear coconut shells to protect themselves during matchplay!

4 mins United Kingdom

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Women Willows and Wickets 1929

Action from a women's game of cricket in Sunbury, with one of the teams consisting of workers at Lyons Corner Houses.

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Colden Common v Twyford Cricket Match 1955

This nostalgic film from Jack Francis captures the essence of village cricket as Colden Common battles it out with Twyford in 1955

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Well played! A celebration of our national game and some of its finest players.

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MP's at the Wicket 1924

MPs take to the Oval for a game of cricket

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Bombing BFD (Bradford) Cricket 1940

A film of two halves, beginning with the citizens of Bradford wandering through a city centre ravaged by the bombs of the Luftwaffe, and then enjoying a leisurely game of cricket.

3 mins United Kingdom

View The Manufacture of Cricket Bats and Other Stories
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The Manufacture of Cricket Bats and Other Stories 1939

John P Howard's superb film shows how cricket bats are made as well as a variety of other stories like cutting records to Air Ministers at Hendon

14 mins United Kingdom

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A master craftsman in willow: Duncan Fearnley explains the intricacies of making his championship winning cricket bats.

5 mins United Kingdom

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New Cricket Headguard 1971

Lancashire and England cricketer David “Bumble” Lloyd is far from 'bowled over' by the idea of the introduction of a new headguard. Anglia TV.

3 mins United Kingdom

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A fascinating look at how a cricket bat is professionally crafted, by hand, in 1946, from its beginnings as a willow tree.

23 mins United Kingdom

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From village green to Lord's: the late, great Richie Benaud narrates a guide to the state of cricket in England.

9 mins United Kingdom

View Colin Milburn's Cricketing Comeback
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Colin Milburn's Cricketing Comeback 1970

Amiable cricket legend “Ollie” Milburn hopes to return to cricket depsite losing partial sight in his left eye following a car accident.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Cricket stars turn out for centenary at the Kelsey Ground Braunton CC

1 mins United Kingdom

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Learie Constantine 1945

The West Indian cricketing legend is filmed in his role as a welfare officer, working to help African and Caribbean factory workers in Merseyside.

10 mins United Kingdom

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"Catches win matches!" England's David Gower and wickie Bob Taylor show how it's done.

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Vintage amateur film of the West Indies cricket team in Norwich; part of their 1939 tour of England.

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New Zealand Cricket Team 1965

Worcester, riding high as England's cricket county champions, prepare to face the 'unfashionable' Kiwis.

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A big day at New Road as the 1957 West Indies cricket team prepare to play home side Worcester.

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England battered by Bardsley in the second Test against Australia at Lord's

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View MCC in West Indies 1948
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The England cricket team enjoy the best of the West Indies on their 1948 tour.

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A three-day battle between Yorkshire and Surrey in the cricket County Championship leads to a triumphant win for Yorkshire.

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It’s a great day for Cricketer Stuart Turner, as Essex prepare for the Benson & Hedges Cup Final at Lord’s tomorrow, where they meet Surrey.

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Lincolnshire Cricket Club captain Ian Moore is confident when meeting Surrey in the second round of the Gillette Cup, 1974.

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The enthusiasm of cricket lovers knows no bounds, as seen here with Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club and their rivals in the Bradford League.

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Sand between your toes, and the thwack of leather on willow, make for a traditional British beach scene.

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Astwood Bank cricket team prepare for the pinnacle of the village game with a trip to the home of English cricket.

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Kenneth Lockwood's 1930 film shows men of the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment enjoying a game of cricket at Stoughton Barracks near Guildford

1 mins United Kingdom

View Roger's Cup Winning Match
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For local cricket players from a local cricket club playing in a local league, just playing is what matters; but winning is also nice.

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