Grass Roots

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.

From local league matches in parks or on village greens, to tip and run on the street or in the playground, away from the first-class game cricket is a social occasion with its own distinctive ceremonies: whether its deckchairs on the boundary or wickets chalked on a wall. This collection of mostly amateur films captures the enjoyment of the game at the grass (or concrete, tarmac or sand) roots. Witness the camaraderie of team mates ‘on tour’, a match in period costume and a fancy dress scramble on the beach from the comfort of your own pavilion.

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Playing Cricket on Blackpool BeachPlaying Cricket on Blackpool Beach

Amateur film19351 minsSilent Location: Blackpool

Sand between your toes, and the thwack of leather on willow, make for a traditional British beach scene.

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Troon Cricket ClubTroon Cricket Club

Sport19773 mins Location: Camborne

Troon CC compete in the National Village Championship

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Soldiers Play Cricket near GuildfordSoldiers Play Cricket near Guildford

Amateur film19352 minsSilent Location: Stoughton

Kenneth Lockwood's 1930 film shows men of the Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment enjoying a game of cricket at Stoughton Barracks near Guildford

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Roger's Cup Winning MatchRoger's Cup Winning Match

Amateur film19733 minsSilent Location: Cawthorne

For local cricket players from a local cricket club playing in a local league, just playing is what matters; but winning is also nice.

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Sevenoaks Cricket Bicentenary Week July 16-21, 1934Sevenoaks Cricket Bicentenary Week July 16-21, 1934

Amateur film19346 minsSilent Location: Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks celebrates the bicentenary of the cricket match between the Gentlemen of Kent and Gentlemen of Sussex

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Six Points on SaturdaySix Points on Saturday

Documentary198627 mins Location: Pudsey

The enthusiasm of cricket lovers knows no bounds, as seen here with Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club and their rivals in the Bradford League.

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Astwood Bank Village Cricket TeamAstwood Bank Village Cricket Team

News19727 mins Location: Astwood Bank

Astwood Bank cricket team prepare for the pinnacle of the village game with a trip to the home of English cricket.

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Pentrebach: Festival of Britain Cricket MatchPentrebach: Festival of Britain Cricket Match

Home movie19511 minsSilent Location: Pentrebach

The show is inaugurated in Llandrindod by various VIPs and a group of Africans are welcomed to this 3-day celebration of rural life in Wales.

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Indoor Cricket at St. Ives, CambsIndoor Cricket at St. Ives, Cambs

Sport19764 mins Location: St Ives

A sport for all seasons; Anglia TV report from St. Ives, Cambridgeshire on indoor cricket with Eaton Socon Cricket Side.

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Fancy Dress Cricket and Beach FunFancy Dress Cricket and Beach Fun

Amateur film19354 minsSilent Location: West Sussex

The arrival of summer means it's time for grown men to dress as ladies and play some raucous cricket - as Eric Norman's holiday camp film shows

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Cricket at CuckfieldCricket at Cuckfield

Amateur film19295 minsSilent Location: Cuckfield Park

Everyone's having a great time at Cuckfield Park in this charming film from 1929 - after the big match - everyone gets their own turn at the stumps

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Cricket at St. DavidsCricket at St. Davids

Amateur film19538 minsSilent Location: Reigate

The Surrey Fire Brigade's cricket team delight their guests with a cricket match followed by an awards ceremony in this film from 1953

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Scout Camp and CricketScout Camp and Cricket

Amateur film19528 minsSilent Location: Ardingly

Cyril Hayworth's jolly film shows cubs, scouts and adults playing games of cricket where enthusiasm and fun count for more than the rules

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Cricket at South Bersted ICricket at South Bersted I

Amateur film196410 minsSilent Location: South Bersted

Bob Burns' delightful film captures village cricket at its best - with a lovely lunch, beer on tap and a snooze in a deckchair

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Cricket at South Bersted IICricket at South Bersted II

Amateur film19685 minsSilent Location: South Bersted

Bob Burns' charming film captures another day's cricket at his local club - and while the men are at play their wives provide the lunch

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Old Collegians Versus Lyons CCOld Collegians Versus Lyons CC

Amateur film19492 minsSilent Location: Surrey

There as much going on off the pitch as there is on in this remarkable film which features summer fashions, stripey blazers and pipes aplenty

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Old Collegians Devon Tour 1938Old Collegians Devon Tour 1938

Amateur film193816 minsSilent

Enjoy this barnstorming cricket tour around Devon with the Old Collegians - complete with pipes, stripey blazers and old Bertie's party trick

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Cricket MatchCricket Match

Amateur film19713 minsSilent Location: Cawthorne

The difficulties of the non-professional filming a cricket match are evident in this film, as the ball gets wacked hither and thither.

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Youth Competition at Sherborne Cricket ClubYouth Competition at Sherborne Cricket Club

Sport19803 mins Location: Sherborne

A youth competition showcases young talent at Sherborne

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Exeter St Thomas CC v Barnstaple NondescriptsExeter St Thomas CC v Barnstaple Nondescripts

Sport19685 mins Location: Cricket St Thomas

The Rothmans Cricket Cup Final is a Devon Affair

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Family CricketFamily Cricket

Amateur film19201 minsSilent Location: Exeter

All family members are out for this game of friendly cricket; man, woman and boy

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Helston Cricket ClubHelston Cricket Club

Sport19760 minsSilent Location: Helston

Helston Cricket Club play a match in the Cornish League

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Cricket MatchCricket Match

Amateur film19453 minsSilent Location: Laughton

Brighton Council challenges Laughton House to a cricket match, in Winston Robinson's unique film made only weeks after VE Day

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Colden Common v Twyford Cricket MatchColden Common v Twyford Cricket Match

Amateur film19559 minsSilent 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

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Cricket at Herne Hill and Kent Tour 1932Cricket at Herne Hill and Kent Tour 1932

Amateur film193214 minsSilent

Herne Hill Cricket Club enjoys a hectic month of matches and socialising in this marvellous film record of their 1932 tour of Kent

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Village life in Minstead with Weddings, Ladies Cricket, Folk Dancing and Coronation CelebrationsVillage life in Minstead with Weddings, Ladies Cricket, Folk Dancing and Coronation Celebrations

Amateur film193712 minsSilent

Minstead's ladies enjoy a cricket match on the village green in this charming film that also features two weddings, a holiday and a giant crab

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Ed Cohen at Oval NetsEd Cohen at Oval Nets

Amateur film19393 minsSilent

A dream comes true for this schoolboy as he practices in the nets at the Oval, captured in wonderful Kodachrome

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Junior Nets at TauntonJunior Nets at Taunton

Sport19621 minsSilent Location: Taunton

Bill Alley and Brian Roe coach young cricketers in the nets at County Ground

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A Cricket Match and a Children's OutingA Cricket Match and a Children's Outing

Amateur film19304 minsSilent Location: Minstead

Lady Congleton's film captures the joys of country-house cricket in the 1930s - complete with servants, prams and New Forest ponies

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Horsham Cricket Week and Grand Carnival, Thursday July 24thHorsham Cricket Week and Grand Carnival, Thursday July 24th

Sport19135 minsSilent Location: Horsham

Sussex take on Lancashire in this charming film of Horsham Cricket Week and Grand Carnival

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Isleham at the Haig National Village Cricket Championship FinalIsleham at the Haig National Village Cricket Championship Final

News19755 mins Location: Isleham

In true British sporting tradition, at Lord’s Cricket Ground, Fenland underdogs Isleham are out-bowled - and a streaker invades the pitch.

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Birchington, August 1932 Purkiss Family Film No.4Birchington, August 1932 Purkiss Family Film No.4

Amateur film193211 minsSilent Location: Birchington

Amateur film of tennis and cricket in a Kentish family garden, plus cricket at Canterbury's St Lawrence Ground.

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Caerleon Cricket ClubCaerleon Cricket Club

Home movie19374 minsSilent Location: Caerleon/Caerllion

Caerleon Cricket Club’s players enjoy the sport in the seasonal sunshine.

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Kent V Australia Cricket 1934 Kent V Derbyshire Cricket Purkiss Family Film No.15Kent V Australia Cricket 1934 Kent V Derbyshire Cricket Purkiss Family Film No.15

Amateur film193414 minsSilent

Lovely sport and leisure compilation of Purkiss family home movies, featuring cycling, swimming and top level cricket.

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Cricket 1952 (Featuring Locations in Ilkley and Sleights)Cricket 1952 (Featuring Locations in Ilkley and Sleights)

Non-Fiction19528 minsSilent Location: Ilkley

The 1950s, the zenith of cricket as the perfect expression of the English refinement of leisure, along with smoking a pipe and having a beer.