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Cricketing Legends

Seeing them in action brings the record books to life and reveals the batting skills and bowling actions that secured their place in cricket's pantheon.

Whether their names are carved on the boards at Lord's or printed in the pages of Wisden, cricket honours its white-flannelled heroes with immortality. Some are rarely glimpsed on film - others are more familiar figures.

We can read of their achievements, but seeing them in action brings the record books to life, revealing the breathtaking boundary, the devilish yorker, the dazzling catch, the subtle ticks and tricks that secured their place in cricket's pantheon.

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Cricketing Legends

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View Colin Milburn's Cricketing Comeback
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

View Fielding and Wicket Keeping
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Fielding and Wicket Keeping 1983

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

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Dennis

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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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View Somerset Stars at Braunton CC
Somerset Stars at Braunton CC
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Somerset Stars at Braunton CC 1980

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

1 mins United Kingdom

View British Sporting Personalities: Peter May
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British Sporting Personalities: Peter May 1962

Surrey and England cricketer Peter May's life on and off the field - from batting in Ashes tests to his wedding day.

9 mins United Kingdom

View Rose on Botham
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Rose on Botham 1980

Somerset CCC captain Brian Rose discusses Ian Botham and his chance to be selected as England captain

5 mins United Kingdom

View Ian and Viv
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Ian and Viv 1980

Interview with International and Somerset cricketers Ian Botham and Viv Richards

5 mins United Kingdom

View Colin Milburn
Colin Milburn
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Colin Milburn 1977

What happens when a career in professional sport comes to a dramatic end? Former cricketer Colin Milburn has decided to look for a job.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Colin Milburn Interview 1980

Cricketing legend Colin “Ollie” Milburn offers match predictions ahead of the Benson & Hedges Cup Final 1980 between Essex and Northants.

5 mins United Kingdom

View Denis Compton
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Denis Compton 1954

Denis Compton shows his class as he graduates from the city side street to become the "spirit of the English summer".

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Douglas Rankin

View The First Century of the Season
The First Century of the Season
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The First Century of the Season 1920

Surrey batsman Jack Hobbs gets in some batting practice, with team mate Bert Strudwick keeping wicket.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Cricket Scenes with Don Bradman I
Cricket Scenes with Don Bradman I
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Cricket Scenes with Don Bradman I 1948

Cricket legend, Don Bradman, and his Invincibles delight the crowds when Australia tours England in 1948

2 mins United Kingdom

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Cricket scenes with Don Bradman II
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Cricket scenes with Don Bradman II 1948

Australian national hero and cricketing legend, Don Bradman, runs the gauntlet of cricket fans in this amazing film from the 1948 tour

2 mins United Kingdom

View Only Two more to Equal 'W.G.'!
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Only Two more to Equal 'W.G.'! 1925

Jack Hobbs reaches his 124th century at the Gentlemen v Players match at Lord's in 1925.

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Brian Rose and Hugh Wilson 1983

Brian Rose is interviewed about the coming season

2 mins United Kingdom

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Cricketers visit Dartmoor Prison 1968

Legends Fred Trueman and Geoffrey Boycott, among others, enjoy a (short!) spell behind bars.

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Old England XI 1966

An England team takes on an invitational XI

3 mins United Kingdom

View Basil D'Oliveira at Weston-super-Mare
Basil D'Oliveira at Weston-super-Mare
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Basil D'Oliveira at Weston-super-Mare 1968

Basil D’Oliveira signs autographs for young fans as he becomes the focus of the sporting world

1 mins United Kingdom

View Ian and Viv at Somerset CCC
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Ian and Viv at Somerset CCC 1981

The end of the season at Somerset and an award for Viv Richards

2 mins United Kingdom

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Spin Bowling 1983

The mysteries of bamboozling the batsman are demonstrated by three masters of the craft.

21 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Dennis

View Batting the Forward Strokes
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Batting the Forward Strokes 1983

Graham Gooch demonstrates the art of positive batting, and David Gower takes a taxi to Lords for the Test match.

21 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Dennis

View Prince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the Nets
Prince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the Nets
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Prince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the Nets 1897

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

1 mins Australia

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