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Grass Roots

Away from the county grounds, in the park or on the village green, on the beach or in the street, cricket is a social occasion.

From local league matches in parks or on village greens, to tip and run on the street or in the playground, away from the first-class game cricket is a social occasion with its own distinctive ceremonies: whether its deckchairs on the boundary or wickets chalked on a wall.

This collection of mostly amateur films captures the enjoyment of the game at the grass (or concrete, tarmac or sand) roots. Witness the camaraderie of team mates ‘on tour’, a match in period costume and a fancy dress scramble on the beach from the comfort of your own pavilion.

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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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The Surrey Fire Brigade's cricket team delight their guests with a cricket match followed by an awards ceremony in this film from 1953

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Cyril Hayworth's jolly film shows cubs, scouts and adults playing games of cricket where enthusiasm and fun count for more than the rules

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Bob Burns' delightful film captures village cricket at its best - with a lovely lunch, beer on tap and a snooze in a deckchair

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Bob Burns' charming film captures another day's cricket at his local club - and while the men are at play their wives provide the lunch

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The difficulties of the non-professional filming a cricket match are evident in this film, as the ball gets wacked hither and thither.

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There as much going on off the pitch as there is on in this remarkable film which features summer fashions, stripey blazers and pipes aplenty

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All family members are out for this game of friendly cricket; man, woman and boy

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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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The 1950s, the zenith of cricket as the perfect expression of the English refinement of leisure, along with smoking a pipe and having a beer.

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