Tests and Tours
It's cricket's ultimate challenge: an intense, five-day battle against the best in the world, many miles from home.
One of the British Empire's most enduring legacies is the network of 'test' cricket playing nations who regularly lock horns at the game's highest level in a series of mammoth matches. The test series is a genuine test of skill, strength and character. In the era before commercial air travel, this involved lengthy sea journeys and many months away from home on tours that were planned like expeditions. Wonderfully, these tours were often captured by the home movie camera as well as the newsreel.
Home movie19391 minsSilent Location: Lakenham
Vintage amateur film of the West Indies cricket team in Norwich; part of their 1939 tour of England.
News19654 mins Location: Worcester
Worcester, riding high as England's cricket county champions, prepare to face the 'unfashionable' Kiwis.
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.
Amateur film19574 minsSilent Location: Worcester
A big day at New Road as the 1957 West Indies cricket team prepare to play home side Worcester.
Sport19661 mins Location: Lakenham
West Indies Vice-captain, the Barbadian cricketer Conrad Hunte, chats to Anglia Television at Norfolk's County Ground at Lakenham.
Amateur film196313 minsSilent Location: Hove
Cricket legends abound in Hove as Sussex play the West Indies during their 1963 tour of the UK
Animation & Artists Moving Image19264 minsSilent Location: Oval, The
Short animation of a comic duel between English batsman Patsy Hendren and Australian bowler Arthur Mailey at the Kennington Oval.
Amateur film19346 minsSilent Location: Oval, The
There's Oval action as Surrey play the Aussies in 1934 - with batsmen and bowlers warming-up, looked on by fans, before battle commences
Amateur film19674 minsSilent Location: Hove
Hove is the venue for a cricket match between Sussex and a visiting team from South Africa - much to the delight of autograph hunters
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!
England V. South Africa Test Match, 15th, 17th, And 18th June 1935England V. South Africa Test Match, 15th, 17th, And 18th June 1935
Amateur film193531 minsSilent
England welcome the South African cricket team to Trent Bridge for the first Test
Amateur film19309 minsSilent
Charming amateur film of the 1930-31 Marylebone Cricket Club team relaxing while on tour in South Africa.
Amateur film195536 minsSilent
A record of the England Cricket team’s tour of Australia in 1954-55 with stopovers on the way.
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.
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.
Amateur film19329 minsSilent
The English batsmen are at the crease against Australia in the first Test of the Bodyline series.
Test Match England v Australia at Manchester July 1930Test Match England v Australia at Manchester July 1930
Amateur film19304 minsSilent Location: Old Trafford
Scenes from the Ashes 4th Test at Old Trafford, before rain stops play.