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.
Playing Cricket on Blackpool Beach
Amateur film19351 mins Location: Blackpool
Sand between your toes, and the thwack of leather on willow, make for a traditional British beach scene.
Soldiers Play Cricket near Guildford
Amateur film19352 mins 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
Roger's Cup Winning Match
Amateur film19733 mins 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.
Sevenoaks Cricket Bicentenary Week July 16-21, 1934
Amateur film19346 mins Location: Sevenoaks
Sevenoaks celebrates the bicentenary of the cricket match between the Gentlemen of Kent and Gentlemen of Sussex
Six 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.
Astwood 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.
Pentrebach: Festival of Britain Cricket Match
Home movie19511 mins 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.
Indoor 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.
Fancy Dress Cricket and Beach Fun
Amateur film19354 mins 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
Cricket at Cuckfield
Amateur film19295 mins 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
Cricket at St. Davids
Amateur film19538 mins 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
Scout Camp and Cricket
Amateur film19528 mins 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
Cricket at South Bersted I
Amateur film196410 mins 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
Cricket at South Bersted II
Amateur film19685 mins 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
Old Collegians Versus Lyons CC
Amateur film19492 mins 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
Old Collegians Devon Tour 1938
Amateur film193816 mins
Enjoy this barnstorming cricket tour around Devon with the Old Collegians - complete with pipes, stripey blazers and old Bertie's party trick
Amateur film19713 mins 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.
Amateur film19453 mins Location: Laughton
Brighton Council challenges Laughton House to a cricket match, in Winston Robinson's unique film made only weeks after VE Day
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
Cricket at Herne Hill and Kent Tour 1932
Amateur film193214 mins
Herne Hill Cricket Club enjoys a hectic month of matches and socialising in this marvellous film record of their 1932 tour of Kent
Village life in Minstead with Weddings, Ladies Cricket, Folk Dancing and Coronation Celebrations
Amateur film193712 mins
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
A Cricket Match and a Children's Outing
Amateur film19304 mins Location: Minstead
Lady Congleton's film captures the joys of country-house cricket in the 1930s - complete with servants, prams and New Forest ponies
Horsham Cricket Week and Grand Carnival, Thursday July 24th
Sport19135 mins Location: Horsham
Sussex take on Lancashire in this charming film of Horsham Cricket Week and Grand Carnival
Isleham 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.
Birchington, August 1932 Purkiss Family Film No.4
Amateur film193211 mins Location: Birchington
Amateur film of tennis and cricket in a Kentish family garden, plus cricket at Canterbury's St Lawrence Ground.
Kent V Australia Cricket 1934 Kent V Derbyshire Cricket Purkiss Family Film No.15
Amateur film193414 mins
Lovely sport and leisure compilation of Purkiss family home movies, featuring cycling, swimming and top level cricket.
Cricket 1952 (Featuring Locations in Ilkley and Sleights)
Non-Fiction19528 mins 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.