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The County Game

The tradition that won't die: county cricket may be under threat, but its greatest days will always live on film.

In its heyday, from the 30s to the 60s, English first-class county cricket played to packed houses at the most famous grounds, featured the top players of the day, and regularly enlivened the newsreels.

That was before central contracts and the one-day game altered its nature for ever. But the names and the clubs live on (sometimes preserving the names of counties long since 'reorganised' away), and they will live forever in the record books - and in film.

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The County Game

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Lancashire XI Cricket Team 1923

Meet the team - a close encounter with some of the great characters of Lancashire cricket.

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View Surrey v Lincolnshire - The Gillette Cup 1974
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Surrey v Lincolnshire - The Gillette Cup 1974 1974

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

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View Yorkshire are 1968 County Cricket Champions
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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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View Cricket in Canterbury and a Wedding 1967
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Cricket in Canterbury and a Wedding 1967 1967

Cricket takes a back seat in this film from 1967 which concentrates more on the spectators, their fashions and colourful examples of millinery

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View Essex v Surrey - The Benson & Hedges Cup Final 1979
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Essex v Surrey - The Benson & Hedges Cup Final 1979 1979

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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View Essex beat Yorkshire - Benson & Hedges Cup Semi-final 1979
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Essex beat Yorkshire - Benson & Hedges Cup Semi-final 1979 1979

The lads done good! Captain Keith Fletcher is overjoyed as Essex beat Yorkshire, making it through to the Benson & Hedges Cup final at Lord’s.

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Cricketing legends Keith Fletcher and West-Indian Keith Boyce comment on the season ahead, and there's a ball through the clubhouse window!

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Essex County Cricket Team 1977

Essex County Cricket Club’s best batsman, Keith Fletcher, and the ‘Cricketer’s Cricketer’, bowler John Lever speak to Anglia TV.

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View Essex in Second Place in the County Championships
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Essex in Second Place in the County Championships 1978

Essex County Cricket Club are in their highest position ever achieved in the history of the club, in second place in the County Championships.

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View Notts V. Derby, 1934
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Derbyshire visit Trent Bridge to take on Nottinghamshire for the 1934 Cricket County Championship

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View Notts V. Derby, And Notts V. Hants. 1932
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Nottinghamshire take on Derbyshire and Hampshire at Trent Bridge in the 1932 County Championship

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View Notts V. Middlesex and Notts V. New Zealand, 1931
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Notts take to the pitch at Trent Bridge - with a guest appearance by the ground staff as the covers go on for rain.

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View Cricket: Worcestershire v Yorkshire
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Cricket: Worcestershire v Yorkshire 1955

Cricket in the sunshine as Worcestershire take on Yorkshire at New Road.

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Yorkshire County v Surrey at The Circle in Hull 1968

Yorkshire, current leads of the County Cricket Championship table, take on Surrey on a rather dull and blustery day in Hull at The Circle.

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Lincolnshire compete against Suffolk in a Minor Counties Championship 2-day cricket match in 1973.

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An exciting finale to the cricket season, and a chance to see the great George Headley in action.

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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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View Kent County Cricket in 1963
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Kent County Cricket in 1963 1963

Ted Diamond's excellent short film captures the match and the celebs at Kent's County Cricket ground in August 1963

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Welcome to 'King Willow'! 1925

The opening match of the 1925 county championship season and Warwickshire's batting is undone by Dick Tyldesley.

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View Six-a-side at Weston
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Six-a-side at Weston 1961

Somerset cricketers compete in six-a-side cricket match at the Weston-Super-Mare Cricket Festival

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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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Kent v Sussex and Kent v Nottinghamshire 1913

Large crowds gather for cricket week at Canterbury's St Lawrence Ground, as Kent take on Sussex and Nottinghamshire.

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First in the Field 1927

First county cricket match of the season between champions Lancashire and Warwickshire.

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Yorks Draw with Surrey 1922

Surrey play Yorkshire at the Oval as the 1922 County Championship nears its conclusion.

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Two East Anglian county cricket teams warm up at the start of the season, hoping to take home the third Gillette Cup in 1965. Regional news.

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