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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 RoseSomerset 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

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Basil D'Oliveira - DollyBasil D'Oliveira - Dolly

Sport19680 mins Location: Devon

Basil D’Oliveira plays football with his children

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

Amateur film195452 minsSilent

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

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Colin Milburn's Cricketing ComebackColin 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.

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Fielding and Wicket KeepingFielding 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.

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Learie ConstantineLearie 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.

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Somerset Stars at Braunton CCSomerset Stars at Braunton CC

Sport19801 minsSilent Location: Braunton

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

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Rose on BothamRose on Botham

Sport19805 mins Location: Taunton

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

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British Sporting Personalities: Peter MayBritish Sporting Personalities: Peter May

Biopic19629 minsSilent

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

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Ian and VivIan and Viv

Sport19806 mins Location: Taunton

Interview with International and Somerset cricketers Ian Botham and Viv Richards

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Colin MilburnColin 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.

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Colin Milburn InterviewColin Milburn Interview

Sport19805 mins

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

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Denis ComptonDenis Compton

195414 mins

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

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The First Century of the SeasonThe First Century of the Season

Sport19200 minsSilent Location: Oval, The

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

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Cricket Scenes with Don Bradman ICricket Scenes with Don Bradman I

Amateur film19482 minsSilent Location: Hove

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

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Cricket scenes with Don Bradman IICricket scenes with Don Bradman II

Amateur film19482 minsSilent Location: Hove

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

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Surinder Amarnath at Torquay CCSurinder Amarnath at Torquay CC

Sport19831 mins Location: Torquay

Surinder Amarnath pitches up at Torquay

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

Non-Fiction19250 minsSilent Location: St John's Wood

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

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Brian Rose and Hugh WilsonBrian Rose and Hugh Wilson

Sport19833 mins Location: Taunton

Brian Rose is interviewed about the coming season

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Cricketers visit Dartmoor PrisonCricketers visit Dartmoor Prison

Sport19680 minsSilent Location: Dartmoor

Ex-England, England and County Cricketers visit Dartmoor Prison

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Old England XIOld England XI

Sport19663 mins Location: Somerset

An England team takes on an invitational XI

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

Sport19681 minsSilent Location: Weston-super-Mare

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

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Ian and Viv at Somerset CCCIan and Viv at Somerset CCC

Sport19812 minsSilent Location: Taunton

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

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Spin BowlingSpin Bowling

School programme and Educational film198321 mins

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

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Batting the Forward StrokesBatting the Forward Strokes

Instructional film/TV programme198318 minsSilent

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

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

Amateur film195618 minsSilent

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

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Prince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the NetsPrince Ranjitsinhji Practising Batting at the Nets

Sport18971 minsSilent

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

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

Amateur film195859 minsSilent

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