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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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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

Sport18972 mins

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

Ian and Viv
Ian and Viv
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Ian and Viv

Sport19806 mins Location: Taunton

Interview with International and Somerset cricketers Ian Botham and Viv Richards

Cricket Notes 1924
Cricket Notes 1924
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Cricket Notes 1924

Animation & Artists Moving Image19241 mins

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

Women Cricketers: Kent V. Australia
Women Cricketers: Kent V. Australia
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Women Cricketers: Kent V. Australia

19511 mins

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

Mike Atherton on BFI's Cricket on Film
Mike Atherton on BFI's Cricket on Film
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Mike Atherton on BFI's Cricket on Film

Short documentary201612 mins

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

Sussex County Cricket Match
Sussex County Cricket Match
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Sussex County Cricket Match

Amateur film19607 mins Location: Horley

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

The Summer Game
The Summer Game
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The Summer Game

Sport197033 mins

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

Timeless Test
Timeless Test
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Timeless Test

Non-Fiction19302 mins

It's just not cricket… Don Bradman and Australia punish England at the Oval in the deciding test of the 1930 Ashes series

Cricket Again!
Cricket Again!
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Cricket Again!

Non-Fiction19220 mins

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

Look Where You're Going
Look Where You're Going
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Look Where You're Going

Documentary195411 mins Location: Ardwick

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

Arthur Mold Bowling to A.N. Hornby (1901)
Arthur Mold Bowling to A.N. Hornby (1901)
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Arthur Mold Bowling to A.N. Hornby (1901)

Non-Fiction19019 mins Location: Old Trafford Cricket Ground

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

Sussex vs The West Indies at Hove
Sussex vs The West Indies at Hove
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Sussex vs The West Indies at Hove

Amateur film196313 mins Location: Hove

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

England Women's Cricket Eleven
England Women's Cricket Eleven
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England Women's Cricket Eleven

Sport19717 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull

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

Amazons at the Wicket
Amazons at the Wicket
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Amazons at the Wicket

Non-Fiction19251 mins Location: Richmond

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

Women's Cricket in Hove
Women's Cricket in Hove
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Women's Cricket in Hove

Amateur film19635 mins Location: Hove

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

Australia v East Anglia Women's Cricket
Australia v East Anglia Women's Cricket
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Australia v East Anglia Women's Cricket

Sport19765 mins Location: Hemel Hempstead

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

Women Willows and Wickets
Women Willows and Wickets
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Women Willows and Wickets

Non-Fiction19291 mins Location: Sunbury

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

Celebrating a Centenary of Cricket in Southampton
Celebrating a Centenary of Cricket in Southampton
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Celebrating a Centenary of Cricket in Southampton

Amateur film198513 mins Location: Southampton

A centenary of cricket at Hampshire's County Ground is celebrated - with Australia topping the bill

On The Set of The Shout
On The Set of The Shout
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On The Set of The Shout

Sport19776 mins Location: Hartland Abbey

A cricket match with extras

Colden Common v Twyford Cricket Match
Colden Common v Twyford Cricket Match
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Colden Common v Twyford Cricket Match

Amateur film19559 mins Location: Colden Common

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

Great Local Derby, Accrington v Church Cricket Match (1902)
Great Local Derby, Accrington v Church Cricket Match (1902)
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Great Local Derby, Accrington v Church Cricket Match (1902)

Non-Fiction19025 mins Location: Accrington

Rare film record of an Edwardian local league cricket game between two Lancashire sides.

Cricketers All
Cricketers All
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Cricketers All

194940 mins Location: Rawtenstall

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

MPs at the Wicket
MPs at the Wicket
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MPs at the Wicket

Non-Fiction19241 mins

MPs take to the Oval for a game of cricket

Bombing BFD (Bradford) Cricket
Bombing BFD (Bradford) Cricket
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Bombing BFD (Bradford) Cricket

Non-Fiction19404 mins Location: Bradford

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.

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

Amateur film193915 mins

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

Cricket Bats
Cricket Bats
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Cricket Bats

News19745 mins Location: Worcester

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

Cobbler Makes Cricket Boots for World's Cricket Stars
Cobbler Makes Cricket Boots for World's Cricket Stars
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Cobbler Makes Cricket Boots for World's Cricket Stars

News19723 mins Location: Northampton

Anglia TV visit the world famous cobbler for cricketers, Albert Whiting, in his Northampton shop.

Cricket on Test
Cricket on Test
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Cricket on Test

Sport19659 mins Location: Nettlebed

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

New Cricket Headguard
New Cricket Headguard
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New Cricket Headguard

Sport19713 mins Location: Chelmsford

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

Essex Willows
Essex Willows
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Essex Willows

School programme and Educational film194624 mins

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

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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.