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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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Somerset County Cricketers Ian Botham and Brian Rose
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Somerset County Cricketers Ian Botham and Brian Rose

News19773 mins Location: Taunton

Ian Botham and Brian Rose tell it like it is - interviewed in 1977 Plus ca change

Basil D'Oliveira - Dolly
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Basil D'Oliveira - Dolly

Sport1968 mins Location: Devon

Basil D’Oliveira plays football with his children

Alec Bedser Cricket Home Movies: MCC Tour of Australia 1954
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Alec Bedser Cricket Home Movies: MCC Tour of Australia 1954

Amateur film195452 mins

The voyage, the camaraderie, the matches, the sights: the whole experience of a 1950s tour down under is here.

Colin Milburn's Cricketing Comeback
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Colin Milburn's Cricketing Comeback

Sport19703 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull

Amiable cricket legend “Ollie” Milburn hopes to return to cricket depsite losing partial sight in his left eye following a car accident.

Fielding and Wicket Keeping
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Fielding and Wicket Keeping

School programme and Educational film198326 mins

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

Learie Constantine
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Learie Constantine

Biopic19459 mins Location: Liverpool

The West Indian cricketing legend is filmed in his role as a welfare officer, working to help African and Caribbean factory workers in Merseyside.

Somerset Stars at Braunton CC
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Somerset Stars at Braunton CC

Sport19801 mins Location: Braunton

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

Rose on Botham
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Rose on Botham

Sport19805 mins Location: Taunton

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

British Sporting Personalities: Peter May
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British Sporting Personalities: Peter May

Biopic19629 mins

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

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

Colin Milburn
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Colin Milburn

News19776 mins Location: Northampton

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

Colin Milburn Interview
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Colin Milburn Interview

Sport19805 mins

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

Denis Compton
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Denis Compton

195414 mins

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

The First Century of the Season
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The First Century of the Season

Sport19200 mins Location: Oval, The

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

Cricket Scenes with Don Bradman I
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Cricket Scenes with Don Bradman I

Amateur film19482 mins Location: Hove

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

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

Amateur film19482 mins Location: Hove

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

Surinder Amarnath at Torquay CC
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Surinder Amarnath at Torquay CC

Sport19831 mins Location: Torquay

Surinder Amarnath pitches up at Torquay

Only Two More to Equal 'W.G.'!
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Only Two More to Equal 'W.G.'!

Non-Fiction19250 mins Location: St John's Wood

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

Brian Rose and Hugh Wilson
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Brian Rose and Hugh Wilson

Sport19833 mins Location: Taunton

Brian Rose is interviewed about the coming season

Cricketers visit Dartmoor Prison
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Cricketers visit Dartmoor Prison

Sport1968 mins Location: Dartmoor

Ex-England, England and County Cricketers visit Dartmoor Prison

Old England XI
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Old England XI

Sport19663 mins Location: Somerset

An England team takes on an invitational XI

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

Sport19681 mins Location: Weston-super-Mare

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

Ian and Viv at Somerset CCC
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Ian and Viv at Somerset CCC

Sport19812 mins Location: Taunton

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

Spin Bowling
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Spin Bowling

School programme and Educational film198321 mins

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

Batting the Forward Strokes
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Batting the Forward Strokes

Instructional film/TV programme198318 mins

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

Johnny Wardle Home Movies - England Cricket Tour of South Africa 1956-57
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Johnny Wardle Home Movies - England Cricket Tour of South Africa 1956-57

Amateur film195618 mins

Before the sporting boycott of the apartheid state, South Africa was a touring destination for the English cricketer.

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.

Johnny Wardle Home Movies - England in Australia 1958/59; Centenary Test, 1977
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Johnny Wardle Home Movies - England in Australia 1958/59; Centenary Test, 1977

Amateur film195859 mins

Sabrina bowls! The 50s bombshell takes centre stage - and the attention away from some wonderful cricket footage.