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.
Amateur film195452 mins
The voyage, the camaraderie, the matches, the sights: the whole experience of a 1950s tour down under is here.
Sport19661 mins Location: Lakenham
West Indies Vice-captain, the Barbadian cricketer Conrad Hunte, chats to Anglia Television at Norfolk's County Ground at Lakenham.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19264 mins 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 mins 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 mins 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!
Amateur film195859 mins
Sabrina bowls! The 50s bombshell takes centre stage - and the attention away from some wonderful cricket footage.
Amateur film195618 mins
Before the sporting boycott of the apartheid state, South Africa was a touring destination for the English cricketer.