Life in the lower level cricket leagues as seen by the enthusiastic folk who keep it going. The Bradford Cricket League sits just underneath the County level and has produces very many cricketing greats, not least Dilip Vengsarkar and the indomitable Brian Close. This documentary focuses on Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club – which gave us Herbert Sutcliffe and Sir Leonard Hutton – shortly after its highly successful season of 1984.
The Bradford Cricket League has supplied no less than 87 Test cricketers, including Laker, Appleyard, Wardle, Underwood, Gough, Bill Athey, Rashid Khan and Ray Illingworth. In 1984 the Pudsey St Lawrence 1st, 2nd, Under-17s, Under 15s and under 12s all won their respective leagues; while in this year, 1986, the solid New Zealander Mark Greatbatch had his best ever tally of 1097 runs for an average 60.94. When the club was formed in 1845 it was part of an effort by the church at moral reform of the drunken behaviour of working class young men. Yet in his piece on the film, Dan Waddell notes that, for obvious reasons, the documentary was renamed ‘Six Pints on a Saturday’.
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